I have a few things I need to get off my chest about Derek Jeter. Some people won’t like what I have to say but they’ll just have to suck it up and deal with it.
Okay, deep breath and here we go…
Yesterday, Joe Girardi stated that Derek Jeter will be inserted back into the leadoff spot when he returns from his DL stint. My reaction to reading that was a long, exasperated sigh.
For the love of Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter should not be the leadoff hitter anymore. He barely can get the ball out of the infield and sometimes, he doesn’t even do that but he happens to luck into infield hits because the defense happens to be playing back. Brett Gardner should leadoff. Period. He gets on base more – at a .371 clip, he’s hot at the plate right now – his OPS is .815 and when he chooses to run, he’s a base stealing threat. Derek Jeter is a ‘ground ball to short threat.’ I’m sorry, but he is. And I know he’s been hitting a little better of late but this stint on the DL may have set him back a bit.
I realize Derek Jeter is a “legend”, he’s the Captain of the Yankees, the face of the franchise blah, blah, blah but the truth is, he is just not good enough to leadoff any longer. He needs to be moved out of that spot and I’m sick of people – namely the Yankees coaching staff – being afraid of his reaction to a possible move down the lineup. If Derek Jeter is really about winning and all about the team, he’ll accept whatever the coaches tell him.
Years ago when Buck Showalter informed Don Mattingly that he was being moved out of his spot in the lineup, he was gracious about it and actually asked Showalter what took him so long.
Will Jeter do that? That remains to be seen but hopefully the Yankees willÂ grow a pair and tell Jeter now that his days as the leadoff hitter are over.
Yesterday, a caller on WFAN suggested a ridiculous move involving the Yankees getting Jose Reyes from the Mets – I know, a WFAN caller with a silly trade proposal? What?. The move was to have Reyes play short, move Jeter to third and ask Alex Rodriguez to be the full time DH.
After I stopped laughing, I thought about it.
- Why would A-Rod need to move off third base? (He was the better SS when he was traded to the Yankees but moved to third because it was Jeter’s team)
- No, really, why would A-Rod have to move?
I hope Joe Girardi really meant that he’s keeping Jeter in the leadoff spot until he gets his 3000th hit because if Derek Jeter, in his current incarnation, remains the leadoff hitter for the rest of the season, while the Yankees are in a pennant race, it won’t be very fun for the fans to watch.