Today is August 31. Within 24 hours, the Yankees might add the September pinch runner to beat all September pinch runners, Terrance Gore.
If you’re unfamiliar with the 28-year-old outfielder, I’ll be brief in introducing him in writing before showing off what he can do via video. Debuting in 2014, Gore was the designated pinch runner for the 2014-15 Royals World Series teams. He went 8-for-8 in the regular season over those two years before stealing three of four in the postseason.
After brief stolen base heavy stints on the 16-17 Royals, he joined the Cubs for the stretch run in 2018 and made his impact known by scoring Chicago’s lone run in their Wild Card Game loss. He made his first Opening Day roster in 2019 and played with the Royals until the summer, when they dealt him to the Yankees, who have stashed him in Scranton until now.
He may not get the opportunity with the Yankees this year. Their 40-man roster is packed and Tyler Wade could act as a serviceable pinch runner already on the roster. Gore is a game changer on the bases, but is that enough for a 40-man, and then postseason 25-man, roster spot?
Gore proved himself more adept at the plate in his extended stint this year, batting .275/.362/.353 in 37 games for Kansas City. Before this year, his lone career hit was off Max Scherzer. Gore is 40-for-49 in regular-season stolen base attempts and 4-for-5 in the postseason in his Major League career.
But you should just watch him in action. Here’s Gore showing off the wheels against Adam Ottavino in last year’s Wild Card Game.
And here’s another standard stolen base from the speedster:
And a regular season one, for good measure
Here, Gore makes an impact without stealing a bag:
And finally, here’s some defense since he may get a few looks as a defensive replacement:
I was big into Rico Noel in 2015 and I will be ecstatic to watch Gore if he gets added to the roster next month. He’s a delight to watch and adds some real pizzazz to the game.