Granderson’s power dependent season

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

10 thoughts on “Granderson’s power dependent season

  1. JayJay

    How can you NOT pinch-hit for the guy late in games in situations where a homer is not what's needed? If you're down by a run with runners on 2nd and 3rd in the 8th inning of a playoff game, he's practically the last guy you want there. Against a left or a righty.

    • Interestingly enough, Granderson getting on base directly preceded both of Ibanez’s big hits Tuesday night.

      • JayJay

        That's neither here nor there. The fact is (or at least this is my impression) that a lot of the Yankee postseason failures over the last few years have featured situations with ostensibly productive guys (Grandy, Swisher, Tex) striking out or popping out in situations where just putting the ball into play would've won the game.

        • OldYanksFan

          No only in the PS, but throughout this ENTIRE regular season. Our horrendous RISP fail was not so much that we didn't get a hit with RISP, as much as we didn't get a ground ball or a sac fly, but rather a totally unproductive strikeout.

          I think this is partially management's fault.

          Most Yankee batters put a priority on DRIVING the ball, which is fine with less then 2 strikes and non-RISP situations. But with RISP, the team should stress contact.

  2. David

    One of the things I didn't notice until it was pointed out on Grantland today, was that apparently Granderson was yanked to not potentially muddy the Triple Crown race which, as noted, was a rare magnanimous gesture by the Yankees. Of course, I doubt it will be picked up anywhere but Grantland (and maybe ESPN NY) because people love to hate the Yanks… :p

    • Hugh

      Hmmn. Maybe they meant well by doing it, in which case, good for them. But doesn't stopping a guy from contending for one arm of the Triple Crown tend to devalue the achievement of the guy who ultimately achieves it somewhat.

      • williamjtasker

        Grantland's point was kind of moot because even if Granderson hit another homer, he would have only tied Cabrera and Cabrera would still get the triple crown with a share of a lead in that category.

        • Yeah, really, did anybody think Grandy was going to hit 4 homers? I think not.

    • getdownmoses

      Granderson said it was his decision but he did it so Melky Mesa could get another big league at bat, which I don't doubt since Grandy seems to go out of his way to be friendly with the call ups. He said he didn't realize the triple crown situation until later when CC mentioned it to him.

      • Now THAT sounds like something Grandy would do.

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