February 6, 2009

Defending Gardner

From ESPN's Rob Neyer's Blog, people are trying to make the argument to move Derek Jeter to center field, bring in Orlando Cabrera for shortstop, which would lead to Brett Gardner being sent back down to the minors.

Come on, was I imagining things when Gardner got a walk-off hit against Jonathan Papelbon last year? I don't think so. He is an extremely valuable stolen base threat, especially if he came off the bench and acted as a defensive specialist. I strongly believe that Gardner needs to stay in the majors and become a better hitter in the majors. The pitching is just not the same in Triple-A as it is in the majors.

I see Gardner splitting time with Melky Cabrera pretty evenly during the season.

Photo from The New York Times

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