Aaron Hicks claims change of scenery aided his redemption in Baltimore

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Not too long ago, Aaron Hicks‘ tenure with the Yankees appeared to be fading, resembling a distant memory of its once-promising days. With a meager .188 average and released at 33, retirement seemed like the inevitable next chapter. Against all expectations, Hicks experienced a remarkable revival in Baltimore, evolving from an outcast into a crucial contributor to the Orioles’ unexpected 101-win season.

So, what led the former Yankee to transition from “life support” to All-Star caliber? According to MLB Network on Tuesday, it was a combination of a change in environment and a subtle adjustment in Aaron Hicks’ mechanics that worked wonders.

Aaron Hicks’ rebounding after leaving Yankees

Aaron Hicks of the New-York Yankees

Departing the Bronx and its sometimes unforgiving spotlight for the camaraderie of a youthful and energetic Orioles team appeared to have a profound impact on Aaron Hicks’ mindset. He expressed his delight, stating, “Baltimore was amazing. Being with that winning team, it was the right place for me at the right time.” The implication being that New York, at that point, perhaps wasn’t.

However, it wasn’t solely about the change in surroundings. Aaron Hicks also made a pivotal alteration at the plate: taking a slight step back and redirecting his focus to hitting to all fields, as opposed to solely targeting the inviting right-field porch of Yankee Stadium. This seemingly minor adjustment unleashed a powerful offensive surge, with Aaron Hicks boasting a .275/.381/.425 slash line, along with 7 home runs and 6 stolen bases for the Orioles.

Aaron Hicks, player of the Baltimore Orioles.

While Yankees fans may have preferred witnessing this resurgence in their team’s uniform, there’s an undeniable sense of begrudging respect for Aaron Hicks’ determination. He took accountability for his struggles, made necessary changes, and achieved success in a different setting. It stands as a testament to his resilience and serves as a reminder that, at times, a change of scenery can be the most effective remedy.

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  1. why didn’t he try that for the yankees? where was that determination when he was a yankee? the yankees gave him more chances than he deserved!

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