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Girardi on Nunez: “We’ll try to keep him going”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 02, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Until yesterday, Eduardo Nunez had never been to Citi Field, but his teammates had some advice about the way he should try to hit in this spacious ballpark.

“A lot of guys tell me, ‘Nunez, keep the ball down. You can’t hit a home run in this field,’” he said. “When the ball went out, I started laughing a little bit. I told Robbie, I told you I can hit a home run here.”

Nunez is 7-for-8 in the past two days. It’s been enough to raise his season average from .234 to .278. He has five multi-hit games since Derek Jeter went on the disabled list, and Joe Girardi said he wants to find ways to get Nunez somewhat regular at-bats even after Jeter comes off the DL.

“We would continue to try to get him at-bats,” Girardi said. “That’s what we need to do. Start maybe giving Robbie a day off every once in a while in some of these long stretches, and Jeet now, but (Nunez) is playing extremely well, and we’ll try to keep him going.”

Until these past two days, Nunez was hitting .255/.309/.353 since stepping into the everyday lineup. Now that Nunez has gotten hot, are the Yankees going to be a better team with Jeter at shortstop?

“Nuney has played well,” Girardi said. “But Derek’s the shortstop. He’s been the shortstop for a long time and has been a great player and he’s still a great player and we’re looking forward to getting him back.”

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70 Responses to “Girardi on Nunez: “We’ll try to keep him going””

  1. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 2nd, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Repost from last thread:

    “2. As to the poker, the question is not whether A-Rod was playing in a poker game but whether he was playing in an illegal poker game. There is also the issue of how much gambling a player is doing and making sure that it’s not a “problem” as it is for many; we know it’s a disease for some.”

    And this is the height of hypocrisy by MLB. They have no problem with countless baseball players driving drunk, but God forbid Alex bets his own hard earned money at poker and it’s an issue. Last time I checked, Alex can’t kill anyone by gambling at poker. Driving drunk, on the other hand, has the potential to kill not only the baseball player, but anyone that he hits with his car.

  2. Pat M. July 2nd, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Jeter putting on a show in Trenton……He looks smooth

  3. Joe from Long Island July 2nd, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Just catching up on the post game show now, after having dinner.

    Curry and Lorenz were talking about how Nunez has to get more ABs ? infield (spelling Alex and Jeter, Cano), and time in the OF when appropriate ? to get him about 300 ABs. His bat seems to warrant it.

    I don?t think anxiety has Alex running funny. He?s 35 years old and has a sore knee. He?s not a colt anymore. As long as his hitting and fielding aren?t suffering (at least it doesn?t seem that way to me), it?s manageable.

  4. West Coast Yankee Fan July 2nd, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Laura, if a player is caught driving drunk and convicted he will pay the price that society has established. It does not effect the integrity of the game in any way. Play on the field is not affected.

    When someone is involved in high-stakes gambling, there are concerns as to the kind of disreputable characters that are often involved and it concerns baseball because of the Black Sox, Pete Rose, etc. Gambling most definitely can affect the integrity of the game as has happened previously.

  5. Pat M. July 2nd, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I wonder if SJ is at the game in Trenton ??/

  6. Joe from Long Island July 2nd, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    GB – I think this poker thing is just ridiculous. A zillion guys, especially ballplayers, play poker. What I’m hoping is that the MLB spokesman, when contacted, had to say something, and said, well, we’ll look into it.

    Let’s get real, here.

  7. mick July 2nd, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Nuney has a gun and his arm could be put to better use in the OF.

  8. Giuseppe Franco July 2nd, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    # mick July 2nd, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    With Jeter returning, Pena has no place on the 25 man roster.
    =======================================
    Not if they drop Jones.
    Nunez getting his AB’s and giving alex , jeter and cano rests.

    ———-

    Which do you think is more likely to happen Monday – the Yanks dropping Pena or dropping Jones?

    It’s going to be Pena. Guaranteed.

  9. mick July 2nd, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I don’t think Jones makes it thru the season.
    I can see Nunez getting some starts in LF soon and if it works out, Jones will be gone.

  10. Joe from Long Island July 2nd, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I couldn’t go to ST this year, due to work. But a good friend of mine, who happens to be a Mets fan (poor soul) did, and went to Port St. Lucie to see the Mets.

    He tells me that, at a restaurant in town where he went for dinner, there was Jose Reyes, being escorted into a back room, where he could see $$$ being thrown around on a table, with plenty of cards being dealt.

    So, how come Alex gets press, and no one else? Because the guys with the $$$ do it all the time. Alex gets the nototriety, because he’s Alex Rodriguez. In a way, he’s paying for past indiscretions. But, his behavior is no different from a zillion other guys.

  11. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 2nd, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    “Laura, if a player is caught driving drunk and convicted he will pay the price that society has established. It does not effect the integrity of the game in any way. Play on the field is not affected.

    When someone is involved in high-stakes gambling, there are concerns as to the kind of disreputable characters that are often involved and it concerns baseball because of the Black Sox, Pete Rose, etc. Gambling most definitely can affect the integrity of the game as has happened previously.”

    That’s not the issue. The issue is the hypocrisy shown by MLB. Players driving drunk is clearly an issue as I believe there have been at least 3 MLB players arrested this season. I find it hard to believe that Selig thinks that baseball players getting arrested is good for the game.

    As for the gambling, again – I don’t see the problem. As long as Alex isn’t betting on baseball, what he does in his private life (as long as it’s not illegal) is nobody’s business, particularly since I see no correlation between poker and baseball.

  12. GreenBeret7 July 2nd, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Joe from Long Island July 2nd, 2011 at 8:09 pm
    GB – I think this poker thing is just ridiculous. A zillion guys, especially ballplayers, play poker. What I’m hoping is that the MLB spokesman, when contacted, had to say something, and said, well, we’ll look into it.

    Let’s get real, here.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    High stakes would depend on your income, I’d think. haven’t heard of his kids going hungry. Couldn’t be too serious or LA police would be there to make a name for themselves. Much ado about zip.

  13. mick July 2nd, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    If Nunez keeps hitting he can get 3-4 starts a week resting Jeter and Alex and playing left or DHing vs a lefty or 2.
    That’s when he becomes more than just a BUIF and Pena will be needed.
    They have always carried 2 extra IF’s.

  14. tom tresh 15 July 2nd, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Pat M. July 2nd, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I wonder if SJ is at the game in Trenton ??/
    ************************************************************
    Pat, Has SJ left the building for good ?

  15. West Coast Yankee Fan July 2nd, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Laura you are wrong to say there is no potential correlation between poker and baseball. Gambling and baseball do not mix; there is historical precedent to believe that. If it’s a friendly game that’s fine, if it’s a high stakes game, or it’s illegal, or there are bad people involved, or if a player has a gambling problem — these are legitimate issues for baseball to be concerned about.

    MLB said they would look into it that’s all. No one is overreacting. If there is no problem, it will go away.

  16. Giuseppe Franco July 2nd, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    # mick July 2nd, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    They have always carried 2 extra IF’s.

    ———-

    Not true. Pena was called up when Jeter went down. Nunez was the lone extra middle infielder. Chavez has been down for awhile but he was the second infielder when the team broke camp.

    Perhaps Dickerson could be the odd man out if Nunez gets more PT in the outfield.

    But I wouldn’t expect A-Rod and Jeter each getting a day off once a week.

  17. GreenBeret7 July 2nd, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Sounds like the only “bad people” involved would be bad actors.

  18. Pat M. July 2nd, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I wonder if they’ll put ” The Captain ” Derek Jeter on his HOF plaque…….Most certainly The Yanks will inscribe that on his Monument Park Tribute……Tom Tresh, SJ like many are gone and their returns are up in the air…..I do know he’s been busy and with the NFL issues he’s had an unusual off season…..

  19. West Coast Yankee Fan July 2nd, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    That might be true. You don’t know and neither do I.

  20. Giuseppe Franco July 2nd, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    You’re putting too much emphasis on a late inning defensive replacement when you’ve got three infielders who don’t take many days off.

  21. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 2nd, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    “MLB said they would look into it that’s all. No one is overreacting. If there is no problem, it will go away.”

    Fine. Why aren’t they looking into the apparent drinking issue that players have? They’ve known for years that Miguel Cabrera has a drinking problem. What are they doing about that? My problem with MLB has always been that they pick and choose what they want to acknowledge and investigate. They turned a blind eye to steroid use for years – then vilified the players when it suited Selig’s purpose. If Brian Roberts was gambling in these supposed illegal poker games, do you think they’d be looking into it? No, it’s only something to be investigated because it involves Alex. That’s my problem with it.

  22. GreenBeret7 July 2nd, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Baseball needs to eliminate the advertizing money they get from state lotteries, horse racing tracks and casinos if they’re concerned about gambling interests along with from team owners that own race horses and dogs.

  23. mick July 2nd, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    They have always carried 2 extra IF’s.

    ———-

    Not true. Pena was called up when Jeter went down. Nunez was the lone extra middle infielder.
    ===================================
    As you said Chavez was the 2nd BUIF when they broke camp.
    If Nunez gets more OF time why would they need Jones?
    Dickerson or Golson is the prototypical 5th OF, for fielding purposes.

  24. Tar July 2nd, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    “WCYF—He’s not injured. He has aches and pains that many players have that come and go throughout the long season; sore knee, shoulder, whatever. If he was injured he wouldn’t be playing, if this team and manager is known for anything it’s erring on the side of caution with it’s players.”

    “New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez revealed after Saturday’s 8-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies that he has been playing through a right knee” injury”, which he suffered last Sunday night in Chicago.”
    “Rodriguez said he’s been seeing the team doctors regularly and has been told that he won’t aggravate the “injury”.”

    The first time you mentioned this “He’s not injured schtick” it was a lame attempt at trolling that you got called out on. So I guess because of that you just can’t let it go huh? Drop it already, you were wrong the first time and you are still wrong.

  25. Pat M. July 2nd, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    The whole Alex Poker thing is Media driven BS….Senior Franco, hey ….

  26. West Coast Yankee Fan July 2nd, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Laura you have no idea what MLB looks into or not do you? A-Rod put himself in this position. He’s never been an innocent background wallflower. If he is going to play in a high-stakes poker game he has to understand that it will become public knowledge and since it is gambling it might be looked at.

  27. RMS July 2nd, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Nunez, while he is hitting well, is not good at SS. Made a bad play today muffing the throw from Martin. Yesterday muffing the throw from Grandy. And he has too many errors. He is a liability at short.
    He needs to learn the outfield.

  28. 108 stitches July 2nd, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    If Nunez takes extra OF practice and becomes good at running routes, the footspeed and arm are there. It makes him more valuable to the team and allows Pena to be on the 25-man roster after releasing Andruw Jones.

  29. GreenBeret7 July 2nd, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Pat M., last night I posted a note about Charleston’s 20 year old right handed new closer. Mark Montgomery was drafted by NY in June and after 4 games was promoted from Staten Island. 4 innings, 2 hits, 2 walks, 10 strikeouts in 4 innings. Last night in his first game with Charleston, he struck out 5 batters in one inning. He also threw 2 wild pitches on strikeouts.

    94-95 MPH fastball and an in the dirt slider.

  30. Joe from Long Island July 2nd, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Mark Montgomery sounds like he’s got some stuff. Where did he come from? Not bad for a kid who’s just traveled from somewhere else, and is a first-time professional baseball player.

  31. RhapsodyInBlue July 2nd, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    SJ not posting is a loss to this site.

    Did not always agree with his pov mostly when he went off on political commentary.

    But all his posts were very insightful and articulate.

    Please return SJ if you are out there even once in awhile.

  32. RhapsodyInBlue July 2nd, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    CB is another missed. Well spoken, knowledgeable, and a gentleman.

    It’s sad we are losing quality people.

  33. GreenBeret7 July 2nd, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Joe, Montgomery is from Williamsburg, VA and went to school at Longwood, University. 11th round pick this year.

  34. Tar July 2nd, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Nunez has more value to the Yankees as a SS.

    He’s a rookie playing SS for the New York freaking Yankees, filling in for Derek Jeter, and hitting the cover off the ball! Cut him some slack with defense, and just give him time to figure it out. And IMO if he could play good D in the minors, he most certainly can and will play good D in the majors.

  35. Pat M. July 2nd, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    GB……I don’t know anything about this kid…Short stay on Staten Island….Know him now

  36. GreenBeret7 July 2nd, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Laird with another 2 run homer. 1 in each game of the double header.

  37. Yankee Trader July 2nd, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    If Noesi is sent down when Hughes comes back, to stretch out as a starter with SWB, that would have him, Pendleton,Phelps,Warren,M.itchell. Am I leaving anyone out. Is there a glut of starters at AAA that might be included in a trade for any needed pieces by the trading deadline?

    So A-Rod was playing poker and taking the stars money. Apparently Ben Affleck, die-hard Red Sox fan was at the table. Media trying to construe possible game fixing. There are no MLB rules are there?

  38. Joe from Long Island July 2nd, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Gb – thanks. Seems like he went to Staten Island just for a look-see. They must have liked the reports of his stuff and make-up for him to go to Charleston. I’d think that, if all goes well, Tampa next year. I’ll keep an eye open for mention of his name.

    Rhapsody – agreed. Hope they come back. I learned a lot.

  39. Giuseppe Franco July 2nd, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    # mick July 2nd, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    They have always carried 2 extra IF’s.

    ———-

    Not true. Pena was called up when Jeter went down. Nunez was the lone extra middle infielder.
    ===================================
    As you said Chavez was the 2nd BUIF when they broke camp.
    If Nunez gets more OF time why would they need Jones?
    Dickerson or Golson is the prototypical 5th OF, for fielding purposes.

    ————

    But Chavez has been down since May 5th. Jeter has only been down a couple of weeks. So they carried just Nunez as the lone middle infielder for several weeks.

    Again, you are over-analyzing Pena’s value to the team when guys like Cano, Jeter, and A-Rod don’t take a lot of days off.

    Nunez will play the field when those guys get their days off or DH. They want to give Nunez more PT, not less, so that leaves no room for Pena.

    Jones is the FA brought to the team to hit lefties. He obviously hasn’t done much but Golson isn’t really the answer either. They aren’t likely to cut the veteran who has a track record of hitting major league pitching in favor of someone who doesn’t (Golson).

  40. GreenBeret7 July 2nd, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Pat, he’s not real big at 5’11″ and 205. Sounds like a Jim Bouton build. Still that’s a really nice two pitch combination. Hopefully he picks up a change-up along the way.

  41. Giuseppe Franco July 2nd, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Hello, Pat M. Good to see you lurking.

    Hope all is well on your end.

  42. Joe from Long Island July 2nd, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Trader – we were speculating earlier today that Cash is well-prepared for a big deal, possibly for a hard-hitting OF. We’ll see.

    I’ve got no problem with Alex taking $$$ from Ben Affleck.

  43. GreenBeret7 July 2nd, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Joe, hard to miss 10 strikeouts in 4 innings, huh? He should be fun to watch when he comes to Savannah shortly.

  44. AldotheApache July 2nd, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Tar July 2nd, 2011 at 8:51 pm
    Nunez has more value to the Yankees as a SS.

    He’s a rookie playing SS for the New York freaking Yankees, filling in for Derek Jeter, and hitting the cover off the ball! Cut him some slack with defense, and just give him time to figure it out. And IMO if he could play good D in the minors, he most certainly can and will play good D in the majors.

    ————————————

    You’re right, of course, he IS a rookie.

    I was kinda harsh on him earlier for getting thrown out at home, and his fielding miscues have been annoying.

    But he’s a rookie, he needs time to develop. And in the meantime, he’s shown that he’s got pop at the plate.

    I guess I’ve been spoiled by all those years of a sure-handed, heads-up Jeter.

  45. Pat M. July 2nd, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    RhapsodyinBlue……Although I come here if the climate is comfortable this place has lost some very good and knowledgeable fans……SJ, Randy & CB of course are some very notable individuals, but there were many pieces to the puzzle that made this place so unique…..Just about the entire Women’s contingent is gone as well…..Whenever someone links a thread to read from yesteryear it’s a sobering reminder what once was…….The list is significant in my mind and sadly disturbing for me and certainly some others here……

  46. Yankee Trader July 2nd, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    thanks Joe-

    What power hitting OF”ers names were deemed possibly avaialble, besides Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Lee ?

    Still primary interest in Carlos Beltran amongst the blog?

  47. West Coast Yankee Fan July 2nd, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Gardner is at it again, hitting .114 in his last ten games, 4-35. Luckily, the team is so hot otherwise, it’s not been noticed. These extended slumps happen too much, it’s something he needs to deal with IMO.

  48. MTU July 2nd, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I want to put in a plug for Corey Wade.

    Since coming to the Yankees he has not allowed a single run.

    He doesn’t dazzle with his stuff but he throws strikes and seems to know what he’s doing out there.

    I hope he keeps it up. I like him.

  49. Yankee Trader July 2nd, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Pat M-
    Where’s Doreen, Trisha?

  50. GreenBeret7 July 2nd, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Scranton sweeps the double header from the Red Sox..Never too young to beat up on the Red Sox.

  51. MTU July 2nd, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Bartolo was just incredible again today.

    Even after the long layoff he did not walk a single batter.

    Now that’s freakin’ impressive.

    Bartolo has the controlo.

    He’s golden.

    :)

  52. MTU July 2nd, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Gb-

    How about mentioning that they didn’t score a single run in either and had a grand total of 3 hits for BOTH games.

    :)

  53. Yankee Trader July 2nd, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Bartolo, the golden stem cell arm!! :)

  54. MTU July 2nd, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    And Nunez can definitely stick it.

  55. RhapsodyInBlue July 2nd, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Pat M.

    Agreed. I miss the ladies.

    But we still have the old curmudgeon GB.

    He’s older then stink but entertaining non the less.

  56. Joe from Long Island July 2nd, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Trader – oh, we were discussing Colby Rasmus, Kemp, Ethier. As my wife would call it, Fantasy Island. Although, given the number of arms between NY and Scranton, it’s hard not to think what the plan is for them all. Something’s got to give, if you ask me.

  57. West Coast Yankee Fan July 2nd, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    This is where I think we are headed lineup and roster wise:

    Jeter
    Granderson
    Teixera
    A-Rod
    Cano
    Swisher
    Posada
    Martin
    Gardner

    Sabathia
    Burnett
    Hughes
    Colon
    Garcia

    Mariano
    Robertson
    Soriano
    Ayala
    Logan
    Mitre

    Chavez
    Jones
    Nunez
    Cervelli
    Peña

    Standing By in SWB:
    Nova
    Noesi
    Wade
    Dickerson
    Golson

  58. Joe from Long Island July 2nd, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    :arrow:

  59. Yankee Trader July 2nd, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    MTU-

    7 straight wins, 14 total runs allowed! great pitching.

  60. MTU July 2nd, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Joe-

    Either some of them are traded or they are surely going to be lost to the Rule V.

    I’ve been saying we have a logjam at the higher levels for quite some time.

  61. Pat M. July 2nd, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Yankee Trader……They too have moved from the neighborhood as has Erica…..I was hoping that Chad or somebody from the paper would take an hour or so someday and e-mail some of them and personally ask them to come back……This place used to average close to a 1,000 hits a game and this number wasn’t derived by the same people pounding out 50 posts, the number was well distributed….The late nights were different than the morning crowd but still intelligent and non combative…Just great banter……I have to drag my tail to the gym now and it’s been a long day…..Ladies Wimbleton was at 4;00 AM, Women’s World Cup was at 10:00 am and of course The Bronx Bombers this afternoon…….Repeat again in the early dawn only it’s The Yanks at 10:00….Maybe I’ll stop by for a night cap later……

  62. MTU July 2nd, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    YT-

    It’s been an amazing run of late.

    The pitching is only fixin’ to get stronger.

    :)

  63. Pat M. July 2nd, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    GB is the LoHud equivalent of General Patton……

  64. JCPD July 2nd, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Nunez is making some errors, so what, he’s learning at the major league level. Heck, Jeter had 56 errors in one year in the minors….. he turned out pretty good I think.

  65. TheStraw July 2nd, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    WCYF-

    Michael Jordan played numerous high stakes card games and gambled at golf in amounts equal to whatmis being reported for Alex. It is a media witch hunt, plain and simple.

  66. MTU July 2nd, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    New one ==>

  67. RhapsodyInBlue July 2nd, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Pat M.

    GB sitting at the terminal wearing two pearl handled 45s.

    I can see it.

  68. cs in la July 2nd, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Yes, it would be great to have SJ and CB back in here. And Trisha. Unfortunately, I think this place got too hot and combative for them – doesn’t need to be but a few hot heads and bridge jumpers ruined it for the rest of us.

    Chad, as someone suggested, maybe you could send them and invite them back? The site traffic would increase I bet, jut by having the insightful analysis in here.

  69. willwill July 3rd, 2011 at 12:48 am

    cry more noobs…Seriously

  70. sammiejohnson July 3rd, 2011 at 1:44 am

    “cry more noobs…Seriously”

    Umm… OK??

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