Jeter Will Go Back to Leadoff Spot Upon Return

derek-jeterVia George King of the NY Post:

Whenever Derek Jeter returns from the disabled list, Yankees manager Joe Girardi is going to move Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher out of the leadoff spot where they have thrived in his absence.

“He has been our leadoff guy,” Girardi said after last night’s Yankees-Reds game at Great American Ball Park was washed out. “We will see how he feels but, yeah.”

This is stupid. Jeter has a .324 OBP, Gardner has a .390 OBP, and Swisher has a .367. They are clearly better options to have at the top of the lineup getting the most at bats.

Jeter is actually a nice option to have against lefties as he has a .405 OBP against them, but his OBP drops to .294 against righties. Gardner, who for another stupid reason doesn’t even play against righties, has a .366 OBP against them and a .831 OPS. So if Girardi really has to kiss Jeter’s ass all the way to retirement, the least he could do is bat Gardner in the leadoff spot against right handed pitching.

I’ve never been overly critical of Girardi, but this is absurd.

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16 Responses to Jeter Will Go Back to Leadoff Spot Upon Return

  1. Mike Sommer says:

    Sentimentality and loyalty do not win you championships. They, however, could cost you one.

    • hardnose says:

      well said…respect for Jeter at all times but not at all costs…if Gardner can handle that position, he should be there…hate to say it but that leaves Jeter batting 6th or so…it would be crazy to move Granderson and Tex/Arod and Cano are going nowhere…come to think of it, the Yankees probably will return Jeter to leadoff and possibly bat Gardner 9th which may be their best bet…

      • Mike Sommer says:

        More like 8th or 9th for Derek. With only 2 HR, there is no way he bats 6th. It isn't happening anytime soon though, although the argument is there that it should. But right now you have your worst offensive regular (OPS+ 77) leading off.

  2. Joe says:

    What a joke this is, Girardi needs to grow a pair and keep Gardner in the #1 hole. This isn't about Derek Jeter it's about the NY Yankee's and putting the best possible team on the field every night. Management and ownership has the responsibility of putting the best team they can on the field every night, and the best is the one with Gardner batting #1

    I'm losing respect for Jeter, he should step up and say "it'xs time to give others a shot"

  3. Joe says:

    What a joke this is, Girardi needs to grow a pair and keep Gardner in the #1 hole. This isn't about Derek Jeter it's about the NY Yankee's and putting the best possible team on the field every night. Management and ownership has the responsibility of putting the best team they can on the field every night, and the best is the one with Gardner batting #1

    I'm losing respect for Jeter, he should step up and say "it's time to give others a shot"

    • Mike Sommer says:

      One problem is that when Joe did grow a pair, Jorge went into his snit fit.

      • hardnose says:

        pay me 4 mil or 5 mil/year, I'll act like a sniveling idiot too…it's about the money and the organization wanted a yes man who would take orders without much back talk…like I said, pay me and I'm there…

      • Joe says:

        but he didn't gow a pair in that instance

        growing a pair would of meant putting Jorge RIGHT BACK in that #9 hole the very next night, which is what should have been done.

        • hardnose says:

          i figure the results worked out anyhow…since that time, Posada has been hitting like a batting champ…Posada and Girardi go back a long ways and it's hard to say what exactly happened in the clubhouse…Girardi's too soft for my tastes too but that's just the way he is…Torre was an intimidator not so much with words but with looks and mannerisms…i think if the Yankees don't make the playoffs, he will be managing in 2012 but if George was running the show, he'd be gone imo…

        • Mike Sommer says:

          Good reply. I'd have released Jorge, period, and wanted to (no back to #9), but the front office knew they would have to pay him $10 million or so. Of course, then the bleacher creatures included Jorge the next night in the roll call (which I wasn't too happy about)…

  4. sam says:

    We need a coach who's a coach and not the players friends

    • Freddie Yankee says:

      This hit the nail on the head for me. Girardi was a teammate of Jeter, Posada, and Rivera. He acts more like a player than a manager sometimes. You need guys that aren't afraid of tough decisions, and I don't know that that is Girardi.

      He's ours for some time though. This team is so overwhelmingly talented that even with a so-so manager they'll make the playoffs. I don't know if they'll be able to make that final leap though.

      • hardnose says:

        Girardi comes off as a huckleberry (Rizzutto's phrase not mine) and he has played with several of these guys which complicates the clubhouse but he's done ok…i give him a lot of credit for figuring out the bullpen in 2009 and 2010…the bullpen in 2009 first appeared to be a mess but he slowly found the right combo of pitchers to take over that role and it was one of the reasons they won #27…he's a huckleberry when you listen to him talk, his mannerisms also speaks to his huckleberry foundations but he's pulling his weight…maybe a tougher manager works best but the team is winning games…when the Yanks lose were on his case…i think we should give him some credit when the team is going well…just my opinion…

  5. Mike Sommer says:

    One problem is this. Yes, Girardi has to make some tough decisions on guys who were his teammates. Posada, Jeter and Rivera. But Torre was the same way with Bernie. Torre stuck with Bernie far too long. It's a tough tightrope to walk. Most fans don't want to let go, when you—as a OBJECTIVE fan—know the time has come. Maybe the best thing is to go outside the organization for a manager and have a Stengel/DiMaggio situation (thank goodness Joe D. knew he was done). Houk babied Mantle but in those last years the Yanks had nothing except Mantle as a drawing card. The team was lousy, and Stottlemyre, Pepi, White, were not going to draw the fans. No one is going to come to see Gibbs, Clarke, Michael, Womack, etc. Back then, not much was expected. You didn't have a $210 Million payroll. Mantle could be coddled to. Not today. As manager, Girardi can only play the hand he is given. If the front office gives him too many aging players, it's not Girardi's fault that they are there and he must babysit them…

  6. Susan says:

    I like Girardi but as Rob said, this move is absurd.