(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)
ESPN NY’s Spring Training countdown series got off to a pretty crummy start, but he’s been a little better lately. Earlier
this Sunday morning, Wally Matthews took a break from handing out fictional punishments on Alex Rodriguez to discuss the 2013 outfield, which is actually a worthwhile topic. The Yankees are looking at a serious offensive downgrade from that group this year, and the ability of Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki to be productive in their ways could be a big determining factor in the level of success this season’s team can have. Wally, to his credit, thinks Ichiro and Gardner can get the job done, and maybe they can. But Wally’s reasoning for why leaves much to be desired.
Matthews gave reasons to be optimistic about the slap-hitting duo, citing their strengths. But in doing so, he made the mistake of looking at Ichiro from a high level, where the overall numbers are still very good. … Click here to read the rest