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How Bout I Just Join The Platoon For Good Measure
Monday, February 11, 2008
The Yanks' roster is certainly shaping up quite nicely, but their one question mark seems to be first base. Like last year, the Cash Man appears to be content with the concept of utilizing a "platoon" of sorts to fill the position rather than the usual "here you go sir, you, one man, will be responsible for playing this particular position during the vast majority of the forthcoming season."

While as a general rule I'd think that the one man, one job (well, plus a backup bench/utility dude or two, of course) would be the way to go, with the Giambi contract (he ain't going anywhere), Matsui injury, and the uncertainty as to how Duncan and Ensberg will do, the platoon is admittedly the best way to go. As far as we can tell right now, the platoon will mainly consist of Shelley "Spirit Coordinator" Duncan, newbie Morgan Ensberg, and a little Giambino. Giambi, as we are WELL aware, is simply not a good candidate for everyday play on the field - in fact, he should be used there only in the case of a dire emergency, like if Pavano someone manages to involve another player in one of his freak incidents - and therefore will likely spend most of his days at DH. I would imagine that Ensberg's poor offensive performance would preclude the team from wanting him to play a gazillion games, but I suppose he could surprise us all. As for the Shell-ster, who knows how he will do? He could end up being a champ both at the plate and in the field, but we really don't know just yet with his relative inexperience.

The other obvious problem with the platoon is that it forces the team to rotate between a bunch of guys when it comes to DH. Giambi is considered "the" DH; however, he will have to share that role with Matsui, because the surgery he had on his knee last year prevents him from being truly effective out in left field, and what's more, when Matsy DOES play in the field that will put Damon on the bench and I'm sure into that DH spot at least occasionally! Not to mention Posada - even though he's not THAT old and crippled... yet - he will surely be spending a few games as DH.

In other words, the team has about 239808239871243098 DH's, which is all fine and good, and approximately 1/3 of a first baseman.

In my estimate, all that shuffling could go either way: it's possible that the rest and days off (at least partial days without having to play in the field) those DHs will receive, combined with the talents of a few first basemen will be just what the team needs to keep everybody fresh. On the other hand, it could be that none of those first basemen really work out and the lack of consistency shakes up the team in a bad way and not ever allow things to congeal properly.

Can't we just get Nick Johnson back? The Nat's have no use for him now that they've got Dmitri Young, and I sure do like him. Thoughts?


posted by Yankees Chick @ Monday, February 11, 2008  
  • At 7:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    YC - I have only recently found your blog and enjoy it for its wit, sarcasm and humour (and it also allows a boy from Australia to catch up on all things Yankees). But you have outdone yourself this time. Your line re Pavano involving others in his incidents has to rank with the best lines of all time.

    Well done.

  • At 8:27 PM, Blogger Keith R.A. DeCandido said…

    I have long maintained that the Nick Johnson and Juan Rivera for Javy Vazquez trade after the 2003 season was particularly stupid, especially since the Yankees needed a real first baseman and a fourth outfielder in 2004 a lot more than they needed (shudder) Javy Vazquez. I maintain that if the Yanks still had NJ and Little Juan, the Red Sox would still be bitching about the Curse of the Bambino.


    NJ was one of my favorite guys on the team when he was here, and I was devastated when they traded him. It would be fantastic if they got him back, and serve the Nats right for hitching their wagon to Dmitri Young's career year...

  • At 8:37 PM, Anonymous iYankees said…

    Honestly, the Giambi situation is so frustrating. He's a liability but he's still offensively viable (somewhat). They really should just play him at first until he falls apart. If he goes down, they'll be able to piece something together.

    I still think Damon should play first, Giambi DH, and Matsui at LF, but the Yankees are seemingly scared to try these guys out at first for an extended period of time.

    Chris H.

  • At 8:37 PM, Anonymous ricko said…

    Somehow I have the feeling that Duncan will work out at first.
    Maybe it's his spirit that makes me believe that he will work harder than others to make himself into a first baseman. He sure can hit. Nick Johnson was wonderful during the time that he was here, but he always seemed to be hurt.

  • At 9:05 PM, Anonymous Joey said…

    I'm not a baseball expert and am not going to pretend to be one, even though I do have my strong opinions like everybody else. Cash-man and Oppy know what they're doing and if they think the team could possibly use a platoon and be effective I trust them with my team (as an obsessive, die-hard Yankees fan--which means alot)

    Lets see how ST develops, and go from there

  • At 10:41 PM, Blogger Ballance's 21 said…

    Nick Johnson hasn't registered a Major League at-bat since September 23, 2006. I love the pudgy ol' guy just as much as the next Yankee fan, but he'd need to show me he's healthy and an OBP machine in ST before I give up anything more than Carl Pavano for him.

    Hopefully Giambi goes all "Jorge" in his walk-year.

  • At 12:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ballance: I've got the same hopes as you. Even post-steroids Giambi has shown he still has power and obviously he gets on base like a fiend, and we've all seen how the contract year can provide a huge boost to a player's performance. Let's cross our fingers.

  • At 7:06 AM, Blogger Bald Headed Geek said…

    Ballance: Even though I am not a Yankees fan, I like your iade of a Johnson for Pavano trade, one perpetually injured softie for another. There would be a lot of symmetry to that deal, and it would return Pavano to one of the organizations he has shafted so badly (the Nationals, formerly the Montreal Expos), and Johnson to the Yankees, where he could find new and exciting ways to get injured.........



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