So says manager Joe Girardi in his first interview session of the spring, as predicted here and manyother places throughout the winter. Jeter, who suffered through a sub-par 2010 season in which he hit an inordinate number of groundballs and into an alarming number of double plays, will begin 2011 at the top of the Yankee lineup again.I didn't think he should have led off most of last season, so I think it's pretty clear where I stand on this 12 months later. But whatever, this is nothing new. It's just another example of a team putting (one of) its stars ahead of winning games.
"We signed him to be our shortstop and we signed him to be our leadoff hitter,'' Girardi said. "He had a couple of rough months last year (but by ) September he was back to being Derek, I thought. So I’m not really too concerned about him as our leadoff hitter.''
Monday, February 14, 2011
From Wallace Matthews: