If the Yankees move A-Rod to third, they exhibit absolutely no baseball sense. If they want to improve the team defensively, then there is but ONE candidate to switch positions, and that’s Jeter.
Not sure I agree here, because there’s more at stake than can be measured by Sabermetrics. Derek is the Yankee captain, the rock of the team. That’s not going to change the day A-Rod walks in the door, and it’s ridiculous to think Jeter should just fall on his sword. That competitive pride is part of what makes him so strong.
So maybe, at some point, this switch will happen. But forcing it doesn’t seem to make sense. The good news is that Torre, Jeter, and A-Rod are level-headed personalities; it’s going to be interesting to see how they make this work.
If Derek is the Captain, and Derek has an ounce of baseball sense, then the right thing for the Captain to do is step aside and move to third. If his ego is too large for him to do that, then that’s a real indictment of both his baseball smarts and his character.
There should be, in your mind, an obviousness to a scenario where Jeter voluntarily moves to third. Your reflexiveness in not asking Jeter to “fall on his sword” (now THERE’S an overstatement – how is moving to third “falling on his sword”?) is frankly kind of weak. If he moves, and it should be obvious that he should move for EXACTLY the reasons he is captain, it would help back up just what all of you gushing Yankees fans always say about him – that he’s a smart, competitive leader, one who knows exactly what he has to do to make the team better, regardless of what it means to the individual. That, to me, is the definition of a leader, the hallmark of an individual who knows he’s no larger than the team, that what makes the team better is primary. If you had such confidence in Jeter as the leader you say he is, your post should have been “No question Jeter volunteers to move, that’s why he’s headed for Legends Park”, not “he ought not to fall on his sword”. It’s revelatory, that post of yours, in my opinion.
For the record, I think Jeter volunteers to make the move – it’s too bad you don’t have the same faith in your captain that I do.
I’m not so sure. Again, you’re writing as if there’s been no history between those two. At some point, A-Rod is likely to take over at short. (He’s younger, for one thing). But I’m not sure it’s Jeter’s job to be handing the position over before the ink is even dry on the contract.
And, to be frank, I’m not so sure that it’s such a big difference from a defensive standpoint. First of all, Derek is no slouch at short (despite SF’s protests to the contrary). A-Rod will be a nice improvement over whatever they were going to have at third, and his range will make up for some of what Derek lacks (so in the aggregate, we might say that, at least to the left, their combined range is about the same, regardless of who plays where). And let’s face it: A-Rod is likely to make a better defensive third baseman than Derek. So this way they end up with a solid shortstop and a superb third baseman. (One person who really can’t be happy about this deal is Eric Chavez: if his contract has incentive clauses for all star appearances and gold gloves–as it surely does–he’s liable to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars. So Billy Beane is smiling, and maybe he even thinks about taking back Giambi and cash for one of those young stud pitchers).
It seems obvious that Derek is going to do what’s best for the team, because he has always stated that winning is his number one priority. After 8 years of outstanding play and smooth personnel management by Torre, I’m confident they’re going to figure out the best way to resolve this situation on their own.
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