Jeter Will Go Back to Leadoff Spot Upon Return 16


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 thoughts on “Jeter Will Go Back to Leadoff Spot Upon Return

  • Mike Sommer

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

  • Joe

    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"

  • Joe

    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

    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…

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