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On the Melkman and The Little G

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 23, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Melky Cabrera belted two home runs yesterday, one to win the game. Good for him.

But that doesn’t mean he should be the center fielder. The Yankees benched the Melkman last season and then shipped him to the minors. He needs to show consistency. So does Brett Gardner.

It’s amusing that people take nine percent of the season and decide a player is no good. Or that somebody else is good. Baseball is a movie, not a series of snapshots. Young players need time to develop and figure out what they can — and can’t — do at this level.

For all his good intentions, Joe Girardi has no choice but to tinker with his lineup. With Xavier Nady out and Hideki Matsui seemingly day-to-day for the rest of his career, the Yankees need both Melky and Brett. Girardi doesn’t need to pick a center fielder. He needs to figure out a lineup to win that day.

I kid around about Gardner a just to have some fun on the blog. But I do think his ceiling is higher than Melky’s, if he can figure out how to raise his OBP just to the league average.

It’s April 23. Lots will change in the months to come. If the Yankees don’t have an acceptable CF on the roster now, Brian Cashman can go get somebody like Mike Cameron.

Show some patience and wait and see what the next scene is, not the next snapshot.

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