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Pregame notes: Girardi dismisses bunting idea

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Sep 05, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Remember all that talk about the Yankees bunting more often? Scratch that.

“That’s not really our approach,” Joe Girardi said. “We’re not the Bronx Bunters, and we really never have been. The one thing you can concentrate on is really good at-bats and making sure you grind out your at-bats. If you have to move a runner over, make sure you hit the ball to the other side or pull it or try to drive the ball. Take the extra base when you can. We’re not going to change our philosophy.”

Girardi basically dismissed everything Kevin Long said last night. Girardi said he has no plans of changing his team’s offensive approach. The isn’t designed for small ball. Most of the hitters have very rarely been asked to bunt in their careers. And they aren’t going to get their swings back by trying to do something different.

“If you have a club that has a lot of speed and you have a lot of hit-and-run candidates, you might do that,” Girardi said. “That’s not something that we’re really built on. I’m not going to ask our guys to change who they are. You can’t do that. I can’t make our guys world-class sprinters all of a sudden. That’s not going to happen. We need to hit and we know that.”

Last night, Long mentioned a situation with runners at first and second with no outs in the second inning, suggesting the Yankees might have Nick Swisher bunt in that spot. Girardi disagreed.

“I think about moving them by Swish getting a hit or by putting a good at-bat or walking again like he did the time before,” Girardi said. “That’s how, to me, because Swish is not a guy that bunts. … There are times that I do play for one run. You’ve seen us bunt before, but I’m not going to put Robbie Cano up there with a runner on second and nobody out and say, ‘Robbie, put down a bunt.’ It just doesn’t make sense. You think about the hitters we have in our lineup, I’ve got a bunch of (guys who) during their careers have been 3s and 4s. They have not bunted.”

For Girardi, the bottom line is this: “Just because you go through a tough time, doesn’t mean you change your philosophy,” he said. “… Then you’re asking our guys to do something they’re not accustomed to doing, and they’re never going to get their swing back if we bunt 10 times tonight. That’s not going to happen.”

• The Yankees had a team meeting just before they left the clubhouse for stretch and batting practice. It lasted roughly 20 minutes, and when it was over, the players came back into the clubhouse laughing and smiling. “Just wanted to talk about some of the things we’re going through. The importance of, you go through it, you’ve been through it, we’ll come out of it.”

• Depending on how guys feel after batting practice, Girardi said he might change the lineup so that Robinson Cano plays second base, Jayson Nix starts at third and Alex Rodriguez moves to designated hitter.

• Andy Pettitte was encouraged by a 15-16 pitch sim game this afternoon. He said his command was sharp, and the intensity was amped up based on how good Pettitte felt. He was supposed to throw batting practice — letting hitters know what’s coming — but he instead had simulated at-bats. “I felt like I threw the ball well,” he said. “I felt like I was pushing off full. I almost tried to make it like a game, so it was a good day.”

• Pettitte will throw another sim game in Baltimore this weekend, but the Yankees aren’t sure when he could be in a game. Girardi said he’d like to have Pettitte up to 60 pitches before he’s activated. Pettitte will return as a starter. Girardi said the Yankees won’t use Pettitte as a reliever just so they can get him back more quickly.

• One big concern for Pettitte: He hasn’t been cleared to run yet. That bothers him because it’s such a large part of his workout routine, and he needs to run so that he can start covering bases and making plays off the mound.

• Mark Teixeira is going to try to run tomorrow. “I wouldn’t call it a sprint, though,” Girardi said. Teixeira needs to sprint before he plays. Sounds like Saturday is the earliest he could be back.

• More positive news on Ivan Nova, who felt fine after yesterday’s live batting practice. “He felt good today,” Girardi said. “We’re going to have to talk about that internally, what we’re going to do with him next, but I was very pleased that he came out feeling good today because that’s always your concern. And I felt like all his arm strength was there yesterday.”

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49 Responses to “Pregame notes: Girardi dismisses bunting idea”

  1. mick September 5th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    bye bye K. Long, youve been censured…

  2. Mordot11 September 5th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Insanity: “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

  3. Nick in SF September 5th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Are they dismissing October bunting too? :neutral:

  4. mick September 5th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    The Bronx Bunters!

  5. mick September 5th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Joe: We are still in 1st place.

  6. mick September 5th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Could we throw Nova on Sunday for Freddy?

  7. MG September 5th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    mick September 5th, 2012 at 6:38 pm
    Could we throw Nova on Sunday for Freddy?
    ———–
    at this point in the season Swish is probably a better option for a couple of innings…

  8. Wang IS Taiwan September 5th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Mick, that’s not the point. The point is that they let a 10-game lead just melt away. Some managers actually get fired for that. Maybe that’s why Girardi is so testy (well, more than usual).

  9. blake September 5th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    This team is built to.walk and hit homers…..so we have to hope they start walking and hitting homers again…

  10. jacksquat September 5th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Doesn’t sound like Nova is going to be ready to replace Freddy. We probably have to witness at least one more Freddy start. I doubt they would start Warren over him.

  11. mick September 5th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Mick, that’s not the point.
    ===============
    which one, i made a few…

  12. Tyler September 5th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    You can’t all of a sudden to ask a guy who hasn’t bunted all year to lay down a perfect sacrifice. I love the idea of bunting and manufacturing runs but this lineup isn’t really built to do that. I don’t think Girardi is gone if they don’t make the playoffs but Kevin Long will be 100% done. He’s in the firing line right now.

  13. fantasygame101 September 5th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    just move the runners and not going for the hr all the time. They strike out too much bec. of the hr and walk mentality.

  14. mick September 5th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Long undermined Girardi. It was mentioned earlier on, I think Tex said it, they would do more bunting. It never happened under Joe’s watch. Long is a goner and a perfect scapegoat.

  15. RMS September 5th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Why can’t some of these players bunt?
    Jeter bunts.
    Nix, Nunez, Martin, Stewart should all be able to bunt. They are not power hitters, Girardi.

    And next season, Gardy, with all his speed, should be able to bunt.

  16. mick September 5th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I’m not happy with this Ichiro/Jones platoon.

  17. yankee21 September 5th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    No coach can buck the company line, don’t dare cross the little emperors Cashman and Girardi.

    Long, better get your resume ready.

  18. austinmac September 5th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I think Girardi is generally correct. I would like, just once, for Granderson do something to make them pay for the shift. He can run. Push one toward third. Get on base.

  19. mick September 5th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Joe doesn’t believe in bunting.
    We are not The Bronx Bunters.

  20. mick September 5th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Why does K have to point with his thumb no less at Lou and Kenny like we don’t know who they are?

  21. blake September 5th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Lets go Yanks! I think tbey habe a really good chance to win tonight if Kuroda throws a shutout…..think positive!

  22. Ys Guy September 5th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Long must be on drugs and will be gone next year. what he said was ridiculous

  23. mick September 5th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    no guarantee even with a shutout

  24. Ys Guy September 5th, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Bunting swisher in the second inning is moronic

  25. mick September 5th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    perhaps this is what hal needs as his wakeup call
    this and no interest in season tix might do it..

  26. sammiejohnson September 5th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    blake September 5th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I think tbey habe a really good chance to win tonight if Kuroda throws a shutout…..

    __________________________________________________

    The odds would probably jump to about 50=50.

  27. RMS September 5th, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Why does K have to point with his thumb no less at Lou and Kenny like we don’t know who they are?

    —————————————————————————————-
    He’s slowly turning into John Sterling, too. He starts his HR call and the ball is caught. Didn’t even reach the warning track. He’s made a lot of bad calls.

    My best crew would be Singleton doing play by play. Cone and Pinella doing color.

  28. mick September 5th, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    i thought i saw raul fake a bunt for a called strike…really.

  29. mick September 5th, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Cone has been missing for a while now.

  30. mick September 5th, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Quietly Ichiro has been banished.

  31. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 5th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Okay I’ll say it here:

    GO HIROKI!!!

    GO YANKS!!!

    GO JAYS!!!

  32. UnKnown September 5th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Well the Yanks looked loose in the dugout.

    Time for win and end the nonsense.

  33. jacksquat September 5th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Leiter and Pinella with Singleton as the straight man would be entertaining.

  34. mick September 5th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    new strategy: no in game thread?

  35. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 5th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Wondered the same thing. Good for us if so. Chad is trying to help

  36. mick September 5th, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    bunt him over

  37. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 5th, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    The start of something very good. DJ’s lead-off hit.

  38. Ys Guy September 5th, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Ichiro will b a platoon & pinch hitter, which is where hello help

  39. mick September 5th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    empty park, what a disgrace?
    maybe there’s a minor league game in town?

  40. UnKnown September 5th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Captain doing what he can early. Score him and hold on for dear life with that lead.

  41. J. Alfred Prufrock September 5th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Jete!

  42. yankeefeminista September 5th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Atta boy, Jeet!

  43. NYY fan in NH September 5th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    shouldn’t a team learn all the benefits of hitting, including bunting? It’s called situational hitting. For Girardi to say that they aren’t built for that tells me that it’s HR or bust and that doesn’t work in the playoffs. This equals a first round exit with this philosophy.

  44. mick September 5th, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    a bunt would have been better..

  45. Triple Short of a Cycle September 5th, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Nice high strike

  46. jacksquat September 5th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Swisher should have crushed that pitch.

  47. Triple Short of a Cycle September 5th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Yankee baseball. Stay Hot

  48. mick September 5th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    why is cano up 3rd?

  49. jacksquat September 5th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Hey, it’s a no bunting, no stealing, double play hitting team.

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