This will never happen – or, it will happen too late – but, I’ll suggest it anyway.
If I’m the Yankees, for this series with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, I would install Bubba Crosby as the everyday CF and play Bernie Williams at DH. Torre has been using Ruben Sierra at DH as of late. So, switching to Bernie there is no loss.
Why Bubba in CF? I’d do it for his feet, arm, and glove – and if he hits at all, it’s a bonus. The Angels have guys who are very aggressive on the bases – Figgins, Erstad, Cabrera, Guerrero, etc. – and they will not be shy about testing the Yankees outfielders. In fact, three years ago in the ALDS, the Angels first-to-thirded Bernie Williams at will and to death. That was then – now, it would only be worse.
Plus, it’s a pretty big CF in Anaheim (like the ballpark in the Bronx). From alley to dead center to alley it’s 395-406-395 (whereas in Yankees Stadium it’s 399-408-385). If a CF is not careful out there, singles can become doubles and doubles become triples pretty easily.
With Donnelly, Shields, and K-Rod in the Angels pen, there will not be too many chances for large comebacks late in a game. It serves the Yankees better to keep the score close when they cannot have the lead. Every run that can be cut off because of good OF play will be an important run saved.
If the Yankees had a monster bat at DH, I probably would say leave Bernie in CF, hope for the best, and cross your fingers for the 3-run HR from the DH. But, again, when your DH is a 39-year-old Ruben Sierra, this move (Bernie to DH, Bubba to CF) for this series, just seems to make a lot of sense – at least to me.