Gardner is Going to Rock!
Word is he will play electric guitar during the 7th inning stretch of home games.
That's what people said about "Max Bishop" type players before OBP became all the rage...
It's actually what people also said about athletic, well-rounded players a few years back when the 40/120 defensive statues were running the game. People vastly (and more extremely than even the narrative would suggest) underrate the importance of defensive players. It's tough to reconcile with what we have always believed, but it's very very true.
So while your busy praising your predictive abilities lets look at your very first opening sentence on your original post back in 09:
"Count me as sold that Brett Gardner will win the everyday centerfield job"
Dead wrong. You can't spin it any other way.
So wrong on your very first comment . Let's proceed.
"then settles in and is about a .290 hitter"
Dead wrong. So far he has settled in as a 264 hitter (259 last year).
"he has terrific baseball instincts and knows when it is best not run as well…."
As far as speed goes a 12 year could have recognized he was fast and had the potential to steal a lot of bases.
Bottom line. Don't apply for a Yankee scouting job.
Why would anyone in their right mind bump a thread from three years ago when they were so wrong.
Scratches head and laughs.
"And, since crazy already went into detail, I am not even going to state how much we would lose on defense. "
I'll put a number on it 40-50 range or zone runs but more realistic on field valuation would probably be 20-25 runs or 3-5 wins
"To be fair Gardner is the best defensive center fielder on the Yankees. "
Yeah. But when you read NYD's post from 09 you would have thought he was going to be one of the best centerfielders in the AL. LOL