Player A first 60 games of his career:
170 ABs, 16 runs scored, 14 RBI, .218/.300/.329.
Player B first 60 games of his career:
186 ABs, 27 runs scored, 20 RBI, .226/.274./290.
Player A is Dustin Pedroia. Player B is Brett Gardner.
Gardner hasn’t hit yet and maybe he never will. Perhaps spring training was a fluke. Melky Cabrera is showing some life after a dismal 2008 and right now he’s the best choice to play center field.
But the Red Sox didn’t give up on Pedroia and he became the Most Valuable Player in the American League. Yes, yes, I realize they are different players. My point is that 60 games aren’t enough to make any decisions.
Perhaps the Yankees should consider that before they abandon their plans to give Gardner a shot in center field.