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In a closer role (i.e., pitcher can air it out for ~35 pitches and has "prepped" for that approach), I'd rather have Sabathia, Kuroda, Soriano, Robertson, Hughes, Pettitte, Chen, Hammel, maybe this Gonzalez character, O'Day (maybe splitting the inning with Logan for the platoon advantage).
You can define every reliever but the 15 best in the world as shitty, but that doesn't mean everyone else has to understand the concept that way.
I know it's heresy around here, but A-Rod basically can't hit in the postseason; even the outlier of 2009 is overrated. There's no use waiting around for him to get going when he isn't going to get going.
Since closers are supposed to be the best relievers, wouldn't, by definition, the 25th best reliever in the world (who's probably also worse than ~75 starters, if they were put in that role) be a shitty closer?
No. He would be a below average closer. "Shitty" means bad, really bad. Not below average.
With all due respect, I don't think that a single Yankee fan would have questioned Girardi's move in hindsight, no matter what the outcome. In case you hadn't noticed it, that's not the A-Rod of 2009 who's been out there lately, and Ibanez has repeatedly demonstrated his capabilities in situations like last night's. He's now come through in similar situations five times in the last three weeks, every one of them still fresh in every Yankee fan's memory. Sometimes you have to forget about all the other factors and just go with the hot hand.
Jeter also has a huge platoon split, and was not 100% as he was hobbling earlier in the game and left the game right after that for defensive purposes.
Jeter left strictly because of the injury, right? The Yankees were losing when he got pulled, and you don't make a defensive substitution in a game you're losing.
Now that would have qualified as a stroke of genius that would've rated a nod from Casey Stengel or Tony LaRussa. I'd like to think that Girardi had that scenario in mind when he made out the lineup, but I tend to doubt that he did.
Through three games, Adam Jones is having a terrible, terrible series. As in the worst single performance on both sides of the ball that I can think of offhand in a short series
now that would have qualified as a stroke of genius that would've rated a nod from Casey Stengel or Tony LaRussa. I'd like to think that Girardi had that scenario in mind when he made out the lineup, but I tend to doubt that he did.
Rodriguez after the game: "To be honest, I don't know how I would have reacted to that ten years ago."
There were platitudes before and after it. That's much more of an honest quote than I'd have expected from the man.
Yeah, but then 10 years ago there wouldn't have been the need for Ibanez.
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I'm not a fan of Girardi's, and I _am_ a fan of ARod's, and I agree that Girardi acted uncharacteristically and would never do something like this to Jeter - has never done it to Jeter, including over the last couple of years prior to 2012 where Jeter couldn't hit righties but was sucking up 9th inning outs against them in playoff games anyway - but I can't fault Girardi for suddenly morphing into a stathead and trying to win a game. I wish he and all managers would do more of it. The problem is not that he did this; the problem is that he doesn't do it more often.
More poignant than pinch-hitting, Willie Mays was frequently caddied for in CF late in games in '73, and there's this particularly sad note from a game on 1 July 1973: Tom Seaver pinch runs for Willie Mays
Leave aside the baseball side of it. As a management issue, if Ibanez strikes out and the Yankees lose the game and series, Girardi's got to be fired, right?
Are you crazy? On what grounds? That the player with the biggest contract "has" to be the choice even when every other factor screams otherwise?
It was mostly Girardi succumbing to the inevitable conclusion that A-Rod sucks lemons in the postseason.(*)
A-Rod rips Girardi in the media.
Not remotely possible.
Did Hank Aaron get pinch-hit for at the end? Ruth?
Barely possible, maybe 1%
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