• Nomar For CF?

    Posted by on November 22nd, 2005 · Comments (9)

    Tommy V. at SI suggests it:

    I asked one assistant general manager at the GM meetings what sort of interest there was in Garciaparra. He replied, “I haven’t heard a lot. I don’t know anybody who’s looking at him as an answer at shortstop. He’s more of a third baseman or left fielder now.”

    I would not write off the guy that quickly. I realize his body has been beaten up the past two years and that he was never Mr. Reliable at shortstop. But did you notice how Garciaparra hit when he came back from the groin injury last season? His second-half (.318/.347/.531) was nearly in lock step with his career numbers (.320/.367/.544). Garciaparra still can hit, though probably not at the MVP-caliber level he did in his glory days. He’s also very athletic, in the way of Robin Yount, which is why I don’t think it’s crazy for the Yankees to consider him as a center fielder. George Steinbrenner always has liked Garciaparra, and don’t you think he’d love to have Jeter, A-Rod and Nomar on the same team?

    The last time Nomar was a healthy player was 2003. The last time that Nomar was a great hitter was 2000. Heck, the last time he was an above average batter was 2003. He’s never played a big league game in the OF in his life.

    This makes about as much sense as trading for Edgardo Alfonzo and converting him to CF. Pass.

    Comments on Nomar For CF?

    1. Jen
      November 22nd, 2005 | 5:59 pm

      This was Michael Kay’s big idea yesterday. Yeah, it would be nice to have his bat. But I think I would have a coronary every time a ball was hit his way, just waiting for a limb to fall off.

      The Yankees have the bats to win. What they need (especially with their shaky pitching) is someone who can catch the damn ball.

    2. November 22nd, 2005 | 6:33 pm

      Whoa, this came up on Yankees Hotstove last Thursday and it was either Verducci or Joel Sherman who put it out there. Don’t give Michael Kay any credit, his head is big enough already!

    3. Jen
      November 22nd, 2005 | 8:54 pm

      Sorry Scott, didn’t mean to give Kay credit. I just meant that this was his main topic of conversation. We all know Mike takes ideas from other people without giving credit. Hell, I’m convinced that he steals from this very site ;-)

    4. Raf
      November 22nd, 2005 | 11:04 pm

      I’d have to pass as well. He’s had a couple serious groin tears, hasn’t he?

    5. November 23rd, 2005 | 8:25 am

      I hear you, Jen! Mr. Big-head would steal from anybody to make himself look good.

    6. hopbitters
      November 23rd, 2005 | 10:02 am

      If they’re going to go that route, they might as well get Sori back and plunk him in the OF.

    7. Jason O.
      November 23rd, 2005 | 10:05 am

      Jen wants someone who can “catch the damn ball??”

      Keyshawn Johnson was a good baseball player, if I recall?

    8. Jason O.
      November 23rd, 2005 | 10:09 am

      Also, Kay sounded so much like Harvey Fierstein when he said “OH WHAT A PLAY BY JETER” in the yankees/YES promo last season that I’m convinced that Harvey knocked Kay out and grabbed the mike. Imagine Jim Kaat and Harvey finding common ground in American Broadway/pop standards from the 30s and 40s.

    9. Raf
      November 23rd, 2005 | 10:14 am

      If they’re going to go that route, they might as well get Sori back and plunk him in the OF.
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      I believe they tried that, but the Rangers wanted too much for him.

      I did catch an interesting bit courtesy of The Hardball Times;

      “You’ve got two long-time shortstops on your roster. One is 28, is coming off of back-to-back Gold Glove awards and is widely regarded to have outstanding range. The other is 30, has never won a Gold Glove, and is widely regarded to have good hands and a strong arm, but poor range on grounders. Which one do you move to third base?

      Clubhouse harmony, chemistry, whatever we want to call it, is real and does matter. It is important for teams to understand that their players aren’t Strat-o-Matic cards; they’re human beings with egos and emotions. Jeter has long been properly accorded respect as the Yankees’ on-field captain, and keeping him happy and productive is an appropriate priority, and ensuring that other players see him treated with the respect he’s earned is also an appropriate priority. But still: I have to believe there was a mature and sensitive way for the Yankees to go to Jeter and explain to him that upon the acquisition of the great superstar A-Rod, it was in the best interest of the team for Jeter to move to third base (or perhaps to center field, which also would have made lots of sense). Everything I understand about Jeter strongly suggests that he would have been able to handle such a move with the poise and confidence he generally exudes, and doing so would only have enhanced his reputation for leadership, expanded his immense popularity with fans, and nurtured his lofty Yankee icon status.

      It’s not fair to have expected it of him, but the best scenario would have been for Jeter to volunteer to move, to proactively let the team know he was ready and willing to do whatever was right for the organization. He might have been inspired to do so by looking to the example provided by Pete Rose in 1975. It’s rare indeed when can look up to Pete Rose as a behavioral role model, but this is genuinely such a case.

      If it was ironic that the better-fielding shortstop was the one to be moved to third base, then it’s been a second irony that Jeter, at least statistically, has never fielded better than in his two seasons with A-Rod at his side, and whether he’s deserved them or not, won his first two Gold Glove awards. And deservedly or not, Rodriguez has failed to unseat reigning Gold Glover Eric Chavez at third. Nothing about the episode has gone as logic would have predicted (except that both A-Rod and Jeter have remained offensive powerhouses). Especially given that these are Steinbrenner’s Yankees, one suspects there’s drama yet to come, and how this situation will continue to unfold is one of the most fascinating questions in all of baseball.”

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