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Girardi: Jeter can still “be the player he’s been”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 26, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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ALCS Yankees Rangers BaseballA few notable leftover comments about Derek Jeter from Joe Girardi’s press conference yesterday.

On keeping Jeter at shortstop
“That’s something we’ll continue to discuss. Everyone talked about Derek’s offensive numbers this year, and I thought he swung the bat pretty well in the month of September and the playoffs for us. He had a tough month, but I’ve also talked about that we played him more than we wanted to, when Alex went down and fighting for our division. We had to play him more than he wanted to. But I still think he’s a very good player… This is a guy that has a pretty good skill set, so right now I’m not assuming that he’s changing positions.”

On dropping Jeter from the top of the order
“That’s not something that I’ve put a lot of thought into at this point. By asking that question, I think you’re assuming that he’s going to hit .270 again. It might be a year when he hits .325 and you’ll be talking about the Derek Jeter that we saw the year before. I really haven’t gotten into that. We don’t know exactly what our team is going to be next year. We’ll make those decisions. That’s something that I’ll think (about) months down the road.”

On Jeter playing more than expected
“I think we had some stretches where he played like 27 out of 28, and we weren’t able to DH him, and it’s not something that you necessarily want to do. It’s not something we wanted to do to Alex either. Alex went down and it became a little more difficult not to pencil his name in the lineup. It’s not something I would assume we would do next year.”

On Jeter’s skills possibly fading
“As a manager, when you sit down and think about things, you know it’s possibly going to happen. You do. You don’t necessarily think it’s going to happen tomorrow, though. I still believe that Derek can play at an extremely high level and be the player that he’s been. But eventually it happens to all of us. It happened to me, and I’ve seen other players it’s happened to.”




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