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Girardi expects Jeter to return to leadoff role

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 14, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Can’t expect many concrete answers on the first day of spring training, and Joe Girardi didn’t offer many concrete answers today. Not any new answers, anyway.

He said the competition for the back of the rotation might take all spring.

He said figuring out the bench is No. 2 on his list of priorities.

He said the backup catcher job is up for grabs.

He said it’s too early to know how much rest a guy like Alex Rodriguez might need.

He said he doesn’t know who will start the second game of the season.

But, Girardi did give a clear indication of his plans for the top of the lineup

“We signed (Derek Jeter) to be our shortstop, and we signed him to be our leadoff hitter,” Girardi said. “And he’s got a pretty good track history of what he’s done in the game of baseball. He had a couple of rough months last year. The month of September he was back to being Derek, I thought. I’m not really too concerned about him as our leadoff hitter.

“But as we all know in this game, you have to prove yourself year in and year out, no matter who you are. That’s just the nature of the game and there’s always people trying to take your job. But believe me, I can tell you that from a lot of experience, I moved to a lot of different places because people came around. I expect him to be our leadoff hitter and be our everyday shortstop.”

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