Gardner & Jones Platoon In 2012?
The New York Yankees re-signed former OF Andruw Jones to a contract this past winter to fill the vacant DH role and although there hasn’t been talks of platooning him with current LF Brett Gardner, Jones was 10-12 pounds lighter, said he was healthier & rehabbed his knee which might have some people rooting for having the platoon in 2012.
While I was reading Wallace Matthew’s article on ESPN New York, I couldn’t help but feel skeptical about having Gardner & Jones platoon. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
And as great as Gardner is in certain aspects of the game — he’s the epitome of a leadoff hitter, speedy, selective and a superior defensive player — Jones brings two things to the table that make him worth considering: power (420 home runs) and leather (10 Gold Gloves as a center fielder). Plus, he crushes left-handed pitching.
Now I understand the reasons the Yankees might want Jones to platoon with Gardner in 2012, but the issue here is that Jones is not the same fielder he was 10 years ago. It’s hard not to think of Jones as the guy that hurt the Yankees in the World Series about a decade ago, but the issue is that Jones has gotten older. Gardner is young, versatile and a much better outfielder than Jones is now.
If there was a role that I would approve Jones to platoon it’s the DH spot with Raul Ibanez. Jones can hit lefties and Ibanez can hit right handed pitching, so the DH spot would be perfect to platoon.
Also, note to Joe Girardi: Brett Gardner is not a platoon player! He really should be an everyday left fielder. Sure, Gardner isn’t the best hitter when it comes to left handed pitching but there is no way that he is going to improve unless Girardi starts him and leaves him in there. Remember, every players has their struggles but they are never going to get better unless they are given the ABs to work at it.
Now, it’s time to ask you guys. Do you think that the Yankees should platoon Brett Gardner & Andruw Jones at LF? Or, should Jones stick to platooning against left-handers at DH? Leave your comments in the section below.
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