• Past A Standing Jeter

    Posted by on June 5th, 2011 · Comments (12)

    Did anyone see Maicer Izturis’ RBI “single” in the 9th inning of Saturday’s game?

    Is it just me, or, is that a ball that an average major league shortstop makes a play on – with little problem – to get the out? (Maybe it was just me, it was late when it happened…)

    In any event, maybe it’s time for the Yankees to get a defensive caddy that they can trust – meaning not Eduardo “Death To Flying Things” Nunez – on the roster to sub for Derek Jeter in late and close games? There’s no need to have Luis Ayala, Hector Noesi and Lance Pendleton on the roster at the same time. They’re all garbage time fillers. You don’t need three of them. Do you?

    Comments on Past A Standing Jeter

    1. Corey Italiano
      June 5th, 2011 | 9:07 am

      It looked like he wasn’t paying attention…Very Un-jeterian.

      But yes, I agree, any other SS gets to that ball (including Jeter, IMO).. I just think he was caught napping.

    2. Corey Italiano
      June 5th, 2011 | 9:09 am

      In any event, maybe it’s time for the Yankees to get a defensive caddy that they can trust – meaning not Eduardo “Death To Flying Things” Nunez – on the roster to sub for Derek Jeter in late and close games?
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      I think the fear then would be that the defensive replacement would likely hit like Jeter is now…and then the question becomes why is Jeter even there.

      That’s why I don’t see it happening, at least for a while.

    3. 77yankees
      June 5th, 2011 | 9:23 am

      Maybe A-Rod yelled “Ha!!” and that’s why Jeter didn’t go for it. :-)

      Girardi is going to have to start working those relievers in more before David Robertson turns into another Scott Proctor. I still clench my teeth when Joba comes in, and Boone Logan is outright awful and belongs in AAA.

    4. Jim TreshFan
      June 5th, 2011 | 10:27 am

      Hey, at least Jeter waved to it as it went by. Which brings up the question: Do you want the Yankees to get younger or do you want Derek Jeter playing shortstop?

    5. Evan3457
      June 5th, 2011 | 12:22 pm

      Ayala is not just late inning filler like Pendleton, and he’s certainly not long relief, like Noesi.

      Ayala is actually used in some medium leverage situations, mostly when the Yanks are down a run or two. He’s doing Robertson’s old job, while Robertson does Joba’s job while Joba does Soriano’s job.

      And if it were me, I’d just continue playing Nunez at short. I’d also hit him 100 grounds balls before the game, 3 times a week when he’s not starting. But the only way to complete his development on the big league level is to let him play, and learn.

      But he’s not going to be Jeter’s defensive caddy, despite having more range, because 1) he’s not sure-handed and 2) because they’re not going to “insult” Jeter that way, any more than they’re going to drop Jeter down in the lineup anytime soon, either. Besides, just as Gardner might not be ready to replace Jeter at leadoff, Nunez is not ready to replace Jeter as a defensive sub.

      But even so, how many times did Pena come in as a defensive sub in a close game in 2009 or 2010? Never mind, I’ll look it up. The answer is maybe once in 2009, and none in 2010.

    6. Scout
      June 5th, 2011 | 1:13 pm

      I like to look on the bright side of things. We don’t have to wait for Derek to retire to enjoy a bronze statue honoring his contribution. It’s already there, thirty feet to the left of second base, every time the Yankeees are in the field.

    7. June 5th, 2011 | 1:18 pm

      Agreed. Again, no surprises here, that’s the problem. We have a 37 year old playing shortstop. The Yanks need a 5th infielder, someone who can start at either short or third, someone in fact who could start 100 games a year. This is really not working now can you imagine what it will be like next year.

    8. Raf
      June 5th, 2011 | 2:58 pm

      Scout wrote:

      We don’t have to wait for Derek to retire to enjoy a bronze statue honoring his contribution. It’s already there, thirty feet to the left of second base, every time the Yankeees are in the field.

      LOL

    9. JeremyM
      June 5th, 2011 | 9:33 pm

      Nice, Scout. And yeah, Ayala has been a bit more than a garbage time guy as of late. Of course, he’s out-pitched Soriano, but no sense in preaching here. But it’s a point worth talking about if Jeter can’t put it together quickly.

    10. cr1
      June 5th, 2011 | 9:46 pm

      Steve,

      This is off-topic, except as a distraction from the discomfort of watching another great one fade. But have you read the new Bill James book, Popular Crime, of which one critic said this is ‘sabermetrics meets the Coen brothers’. If you do, maybe you could let us know whether you think it’s worth the price in trees?

    11. June 5th, 2011 | 10:13 pm

      @ cr1:
      Haven’t read it. Outside of baseball, fitness and nutrition books, I usually don’t read that often.

    12. MJ Recanati
      June 6th, 2011 | 8:59 am

      Jim TreshFan wrote:

      Do you want the Yankees to get younger or do you want Derek Jeter playing shortstop?

      I want the Yankees to get younger. Derek Jeter should get his 3,000th hit and then be pushed the bench or politely asked to retire. The past is the past; enough already.

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