Granderson Open to Playing Left

Curtis Granderson has a history of putting his best foot forward, and he could be using those feet in left field next season. As it turns out, he would be completely comfortable with that situation:

The Yankees have a nice problem to solve, with at least two players in camp capable of serving as the Opening Day center fielder. On his first morning suiting up, Granderson said that he would be fine if the course of the spring caused him to patrol left field instead.

“People forget that I came up as a left fielder,” Granderson said after a workout at the club’s complex. “In the Minor Leagues all the way up to Double-A, I didn’t start playing center field consistently until my second year in the Minors. Even when I came to the big leagues, I played a few games in left. I have no problem going back over there if that happens to be.” (source)

I love the idea of using Granderson in left and Brett Gardner in center for two reasons. One, Gardner is a much better defensive player; he takes better routes, has better range and a very good arm. He recorded three assists and a 7.2 UZR in 99 games played in center field last season. Meanwhile, Granderson posted a 1.6 UZR and had four assists in 160 games. Gardner is simply the superior defender, which makes him better suited for center field.

The second reason is stupid, but I need to put it out there: I rather have a no-power speedster in center than in left field. I hated when the Twins used Torii Hunter in center and Jayson Tyner in left, it just did not sit right with me. That particular situation is a bit different, but I still feel the same way about Gardner and Granderson. I guess I just like to see the slugger in left and the speedster in center.

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4 Responses to Granderson Open to Playing Left

  1. smurfy says:

    Sure sounds like Gardner's made for center. Verducci was sussing out Detroit's motives for trading Curtis, and said '09 was a bad season for him offensively and defensively. Haven't seen him myself, except one bodacious blooper on the show tonite.

    Dan, I see you were in Scranton for a while: do you know where there is a statue of "Honest Eddie" Murphy? My granddaddy's brother – he played center, and I want to see that.

  2. I have to say that I am thoroughly impressed with the quality of people as well as players the Yankees have acquired the last two off-seasons. C.C. giving all the kids at his former grammar school book bags filled with school supplies. A.J. (and others) devoting time and raising money for kids with the rare and limiting affliction xeroderma pigmentosum (XP). Teixeira and donating scholarship funds–all also terrific teammates and leaders. Now Granderson, a genuinely likable guy who ain't too shabby a ball player. They don't just say the right things; they actually sound convincing in their sincerity about them.

  3. Dan LaTorraca says:

    Smurfy,
    Any statue for your great-uncle would probably be located in Dunmore, PA. I made some calls and could not find out much about any particular statue in Scranton. I'll keep my eyes open next time I am down that way buddy.

  4. Chris Barrows says:

    Smurfy,

    I live in Scranton and will, like Dan, keep an eye out for any statue. I'm well versed with a few baseball historians in the area who might know.