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What to Expect from Brett Gardner

By Mike Silva ~ February 21st, 2011. Filed under: Mike Silva, New York Yankees.

Last night, I discussed Yankees baseball with NYBD contributor Joe Delgrippo during the first half of the show.

I asked him to give me one player he is interested in seeing this spring and he responded with “Brett Gardner.”

It was a mixed season for Gardner last year as he started out strong in the first half (.309, 5, 29), but slumped badly after the All Star Game (.232,0, 18) due to an injured wrist. His poor showing in the playoffs, where he hit under the Mendoza line, had many fans calling for the team to sign Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth. Neither happened, and Gardner will start 2011 as the Yankees left fielder.

Gardner spent the majority of last season batting in the eight and nine hole. He was outstanding as a leadoff hitter, as in 25 games he hit .290 with a .410 OBP.

A healthy Gardner could be a mini version of Crawford, without the power, but he needs to prove his 2010 first half was no small sample fluke.

Is .300, 8 homers, 10 triples, 30 doubles, and 50 stolen bases unrealistic? If not, the better debate is not whether Gardner should leadoff instead of Jeter, but is he a better offensive player than the shortstop across town?

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1 Response to What to Expect from Brett Gardner

  1. Stu B

    Gardner may or may not be a better offensive player than Reyes, but, as the old saying goes, it has nothing to do with the price of tea in China. In other words, it’s irrelevant.

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