Harrison Bader got a taste of two magical seasons in 2022.
He got to witness the early part of Albert Pujols‘ chase for 700 home runs as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals and got to witness Aaron Judge break the single-season AL home run record after being traded to the New York Yankees.
Bader helped guide the Yankees to the ALCS, where they would ultimately fall short against the Houston Astros.
Last night, after the Yankees’ season-ending loss in Game 4, Bader spoke about his time with the Yankees this year and was appreciative of the opportunity to come back home to New York and play for his hometown team.
"It was cool, I definitely enjoyed it"
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Bader Expresses Gratitude For Playing In New York
Bader certainly got the best of both worlds this year, but he had the chance to come back home and play for his hometown team.
When the Yankees’ bats went quiet in the ALCS, Bader was the one exception, hitting .400 with two home runs and two RBI, while picking up a total of six hits and 12 total bases.
For the entire postseason, Bader hit .333 with five homers, six RBI, and posted an OPS of 1.262 in 30 at-bats.
He hit .250 in the regular season with five homers and 30 RBI between the Cardinals and the Yankees.
But Bader clearly enjoyed his time in New York this season and was appreciative of the chance to play closer to home.
He also got the chance to reunite with his former Cardinals teammate in Matt Carpenter.
Bader is under contract for the 2023 season and will be eligible for free agency at the end of the year.