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Yankees settle on their outfield alignment

Mar 24, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

As expected, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees will open the season with Curtis Granderson in center field and Brett Gardner in left field.
In his limited big-league experience as a center fielder Gardner rates exceptionally well statistically and Granderson’s glove showed signs of decline last year, so Sherman notes that “the Yankees had come to spring training open minded about the possibility of Granderson playing left and Gardner manning center.”
However, he adds that since then the Yankees have not seen a significant enough gap between them defensively “to move the more established player off of his position.” And of course if Gardner ceases being a starter at some point–which is certainly more likely than the same scenario for Granderson–the Yankees can just replace him in left field without having to rmove Granderson back to his old position.
Regardless of the alignment New York’s outfield defense figures to be improved this season, if only because they’ll likely have several hundred more innings of Gardner and 1,100 fewer innings of Johnny Damon.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Mar 24, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Don’t for a minute disbelieve that this was supposed to be. Just bye-the-bye, saw Granderson on a couple of clips and he must be one of the top ten ballplayers to interview-what a classy, intelligent guy.
    Gardner may actually be okay, if not….
    captcha:santa when (do we trade for Crawford)

  2. geek - Mar 24, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    It was difficult to believe this would play out any other way. However the days when things like this are etched in stone are over.

  3. James - Mar 24, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    And the Carl Crawford watch begins… now.

  4. James - Mar 24, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    I actually love the way Gardner plays the game, but wish he would have spent the season putting on a bunch of muscle (cleanly of course) and approached the game more like a football player who runs a 4.2 forty but weighs in at 210 pounds.
    He’d have added more pop while driving the ball into the gaps instead of grounders to 3rd when he needed to pull the ball between first and second.
    Gardner’s situational hitting at the bottom of the order is going to make or break tons of Yankee rallies this year.

  5. Tom - Mar 24, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    It’s amazing how much has been written about Brett Gardner this off-season. Other than the Yankees, how many teams would he be the Opening Day starter for? There can’t be many — maybe the Royals, Blue Jays, and Giants. That’s about it, isn’t it? Just amazing that the Yankees are going to start the season with him in the oufield.

  6. Old Gator - Mar 25, 2010 at 12:01 AM

    This is really an underwhelming outfield lineup, isn’t it? If there are any significant injuries to the pitching staff and the Rays stay healthy, the Borg could wind up a wild card contender, if that.

  7. Big Harold - Mar 25, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    You know what’s called when you starting throwing “significant injuries” into your prognostications, … Wishful thinking.
    The Borg March on.

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