Comments on: Woe Captain, my captain The official Yankee blog of ESPN's Sweetspot Network Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:22:58 +0000 hourly 1 By: Daler Wed, 25 May 2011 19:27:52 +0000 Because a lot of guys have left 30+ mil on the table.

By: Daler Wed, 25 May 2011 19:26:50 +0000 Who’s a better SS than him in the AL right now? Just bat him 2 or 9 and live with it. Because they aren’t benching him. And they arent signing Reyes. And complaining about the contract is futile.

By: Joe G Wed, 25 May 2011 18:51:43 +0000 Never did I say I expect him to do that Daler. Key word there was “hope”.

By: T.O. Chris Wed, 25 May 2011 18:36:02 +0000 Also I would say that almost everyone of those of guys is better defensively than Jeter is, with more range, and that is the most important job of any SS.

Also you can’t bat him 2nd, to take Granderson out of the 2 hole would be a great disservice to this lineup, he needs to drop to at least the 7 spot, if not lower.

The only problem then becomes how do you deal with Gardner, Granderson, and Teixeira in the 1-3 spot. You become very vulnerable to lefty specialists, though I guess if Grandy continues smashing left handers that may not be as big a worry.

I have seen quite a few media people suggest moving Granderson to leadoff and drop Jeter to the 2 hole, I couldn’t disagree more with that. You don’t take someone who is on pace for 54 home runs and make them leadoff, you would be completely changing his mindset. instead of trying to move runners over, hit for power, and drive guys in you would have him focusing on simply cutting the swing down and getting on base. I understand he has hit 30 leading off before, but it simply makes no sense to take him out of his comfort zone.

By: Matt Imbrogno Wed, 25 May 2011 18:32:09 +0000 Current qualified AL SSs with a better wOBA than Derek Jeter (.279, today’s games not included):

Brendan Ryan: .285
Elvis Andrus: .318
Yunel Escobar: .340
Alexi Ramirez: .340
Jed Lowrie: .348
Erick Aybar: .358
Maicer Izturis: .360
Jhonny Peralta: .373
Asdrubal Cabrera: .401

Current AL SSs with a worse wOBA than Derek Jeter

Cliff Pennington: .273
Alcides Escobar: .239