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Girardi touts Martin’s impact behind the plate

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 11, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi spoke for a little more than a half hour today. A lot of the conversation centered on the fact the Yankees scored a ton of runs in the regular season but couldn’t score enough during three of their postseason games to advance. There was plenty of talk about luck and sample size, and some discussion about the idea of clutch players in clutch situations.

I’ll have plenty of that to post later today.

Right now, I’m sorting through the audio and getting some things together. For the time being, here’s a comment from Giradi, who seemed to throw his support behind catcher Russell Martin. Girardi seemed to be setting the stage for Martin to return, with Jesus Montero playing a DH/C role. Girardi was clearly happy with Montero’s hitting down the stretch.

“I can’t tell you exactly what the makeup of our team is going to be behind the plate,” Girardi said. “We had a catcher that played extremely well this year, Russell Martin, and did a tremendous job with our pitching staff, I believe. But Montero is a guy that could probably do a lot of different things. DH some. He could catch some. We’ve got to see what our makeup of our team is. I can say one thing, I was very pleased with (Montero’s) at-bats in the month of September and the two that he had in October. There’s a lot of bat speed there and there’s a lot of upside there with that bat.”




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