He belongs in the 5th slot.
1. Jeter2. A Rod3. Cano4. Tex5. Grandy6. Swish7. DH8. Martin9. Ichiro...
Is it just me or is the binder completely lost when it comes to the batting order?
The answers are here - LOL
I agree somewhat with the desire to see Girardi relax his adherence to the statistics. I'd like to see him take an occasional chance on his instincts and make a decision based on feeling rather than numbers. I'd like to see him live in the moment, go with the momentum, and challenge some guys to rise to the occasion.
For example, rather than continuing to protect Granderson (because of his ridiculously high likelihood to strike out) by hitting him in front of the big hitters (in a slot where he really does not fit properly), I'd like to see Jeter-Ichiro (in whatever order) at the top of the lineup, Cano-Rodriguez-Teixeira (in whatever order) in the middle, and then Granderson-Swisher-Ibanez (in whatever order) at the back followed by Martin. Then try it for two-three weeks and see what happens. Instead, Girardi becomes too locked in to one lineup arrangement and the lineup goes stale. With Alex Rodriguez out until September (and thus, so little time before the post season), you can be sure that the lineup will remain the same as it was before he went on the DL.
Maybe in 2013 Cashman will challenge Girardi to re-establish his baseball instincts by taking away his binder for a month.
There are plenty of managers in the league that never check a book and make great decisions. Knowing what you have on your team and when to trust them or not is key. The binder puts too much emphasis on expected outcomes. Ive seen Girardi pull a pitcher when he was doing great because a hitter is coming up that is like 2-4 against him. Thats too small of a sample size. And of course, more times than not, the next pitcher gives up a hit to the same guy anyways.
Yes, I see the point of the binder, I just think its a cop out.
No player should think they own a place in the lineup.
The binder lets Girardi say, "It's not me, it's the binder."
"d like to see Jeter-Ichiro (in whatever order) at the top of the lineup, "
can people just stop already with this ichiro at the top of the lineup nonsense already he has almost no business being in the major leagues at this point and would have none at all if it wasnt for his defense