One of the reasons the Yankees supposedly signed Raul Ibanez over Johnny Damon was because of his defense. Yes, the same Ibanez who had a -18.9 UZR last season and the owner of -47.6 UZR during his career.
Ibanez wasted no time showing the Yankees why trusting him in the outfield was a horrible idea when he misjudged a fly ball in his first defensive inning that got past him after he dove and went all the way to the wall for a triple.
Hopefully Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who has been on fire with questionable decisions lately, gets the message and keeps Ibanez out of the field. It’s a shame too because the Yankees lost Justin Maxwell, a very capable outfielder, to waivers and have Chris Dickerson, another major league caliber reserve, stashed away in the minors.
Check out Ibanez’s lack of skill here.