Mike Yastrzemski had a spectacular 2020 campaign. In his second MLB season, he finished eighth in NL MVP voting. He was the first Giant to place in the top 10 since catcher Buster Posey finished ninth in 2015.
A .297/.400/.568 line with a .968 OPS and 10 home runs had him among some of the biggest names in the league. The season also had him wanting to stay with the Giants for the foreseeable future.
“Personally, you know I’d like to try and put myself in a position to stay in San Francisco for a very long time if possible,” Yastrzemski said Wednesday on KNBR's "The Hot Stove Show."
The fans surely would love it.
Yastrzemski is under team control until 2022 and will be arbitration eligible after that, and he can become a free agent in 2026.
The Baltimore Orioles traded Yastrzemski to the Giants on March 23, 2019. He made his MLB debut that same year on May 25 after spending seven seasons in the minors.
Yaz has a unique story. The Yastrzemski name is baseball royalty, and he's grandson of Hall of Fame outfielder Carl Yastrzemski. The elder Yastrzemski played all 23 seasons of his career with the Boston Red Sox.
The two actually shared a moment in 2019 at Fenway Park, spending time exploring before the Giants faced the Red Sox. Mike hit a solo home run during his debut at the historic stadium that night -- the first Yaz homer in 36 years there.
Did you get goosebumps? I got goosebumps.
Yastrzemski was 28 when he had his first at-bat at Oracle Park. He struck out, but was was surprised to hear Giants fans actually cheering for him.
In a short time, Yaz has made himself a fan favorite, offering a glimmer of hope for a franchise still rebuilding.