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Who does Joe Girardi think he’s kidding?

Jun 7, 2011, 7:01 PM EST

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Hours after listing Derek Jeter as his designated hitter for Tuesday’s game against the Red Sox, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he won’t deviate from the plan in order to help his superstar reach 3,000 hits as home.

But… that’s like… right after he listed Jeter as a DH…

The Yankees play their next 10 games at home and Jeter is 14 hits away from 3,000, so he could well get there if he heats up just a little bit.  However, he’s likely going to have to be put on pace to play in all 10 of them, and that’s exactly what Girardi is thinking with the decision to let him DH tonight.

It is Jeter’s fifth start at DH this season.  He went 4-for-19 with one RBI and no runs scored in the first four.  Overall, he’s batting .260/.327/.325 while getting 100 percent of his at-bats from the first or second spot in the order.  That’s certainly not something that’s going to change until after he reaches 3,000.

“You would love for him to do it here,” Girardi said. “We have 10 games on this homestand — 14 hits he needs. I would love for him to do it here, but you can’t physically wear him down or risk hurting him to do that. We are going to have to be smart about how we do this and we are going to probably play it the way we have all year long.”

Which basically means letting Jeter have his way and hoping that it doesn’t hurt the team in the process.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jun 7, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    ANYTHING to get this over with!

  2. deathmonkey41 - Jun 7, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    I don’t understand the point of this article. Are you saying he’s wrong for DH’ing Jeter? DH’ing is kind of giving him a rest. I’m sure if Jeter had his way, he’d be out in the field too.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 7, 2011 at 7:14 PM

      I’m fine with however Girardi wants to play it. It’s just silly that he’s denying that he is playing it… everyone knows the Yankees want to get Jeter that hit at home.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 7, 2011 at 7:16 PM

        Of course- as I’m sure all of his teammates are hoping too. If it were causing division in the clubhouse, then it could be a problem, but I really don’t think this will.

      • max - Jun 7, 2011 at 7:17 PM

        That’s the thing, and Deathmonkey41′s point (I believe): he’s not denying it. No one is denying that they’re gonna do whatever it takes to get that 3000th hit at home.

        “You would love for him to do it here,” Girardi said. “We have 10 games on this homestand — 14 hits he needs. I would love for him to do it here, but you can’t physically wear him down or risk hurting him to do that. We are going to have to be smart about how we do this and we are going to probably play it the way we have all year long.”

        Making him the DH is being “smart about how [they] do this.”

    • genericcommenter - Jun 7, 2011 at 9:04 PM

      A DH should be a hitter. They are replacing one non-hitting guy in the field with another non-hitter and moving the former to DH. There is really no reason to keep Jeter’s bat in the lineup.

      Though I guess since Jeter is replacing Posada, maybe that is an “improvement” at the DH position. Then again the reconfiguration has Gardner on the bench, who hits better than Jeter ( other than Posada, who doesn’t?). Jones could have DHd.

      Of course Jeter has 2 hits already…

  3. missingdiz - Jun 7, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    I’m not a Yankee fan. Days go by without me thinking about Derek Jeter, although I have nothing against him. But the deal about getting hit #3000 at home is not just “letting Jeter have his way.” Box office? Ever hear of it?

  4. aceshigh11 - Jun 8, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    So basically Girardi is putting Jeter’s ego and “Yankees History” above the day-to-day needs of his team in terms of “putting the best team on the field to win every game.”

    As a Sox fan, I’m okay with that.

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