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Girardi wants 3,000 'as soon as he can'

Posted on: July 4, 2011 5:56 pm
 
CLEVELAND -- The Yankees aren't saying yet whether Derek Jeter will play all three games of the series that begins Monday night at Progressive Field.

They are insisting that the decision won't be based on trying to ensure that Jeter gets his 3,000th hit this weekend at Yankee Stadium.

"I want him to get to 3,000 as soon as he can," manager Joe Girardi said Monday afternoon. "I'm going to manage him more from the physical standpoint."

Jeter returned from the disabled list with 2,994 career hits. After the three games in Cleveland, the Yankees play four games at home against the Rays before the All-Star break. They return from the break with a trip to Toronto and Tampa Bay.

Jeter, not surprisingly, showed no interest in the idea of sitting out a game simply to have a better chance of getting the 3,000th hit at home.

As he said Monday, "I don't like to miss games, period."

Yankees people scoff at the idea that Jeter would choose to sit out.

Does that mean he'll play all three games against the Indians? Not necessarily. Girardi could still tell him that a day off would be best as he returns from the calf injury.

Girardi, as he promised he would, put Jeter right back into the leadoff spot in his batting order. He also refused to accept the idea that Jeter's skills have slipped so much that he can't be the Jeter of old.

"We want him to be vintage Jeter," Girardi said.

Jeter admitted that he hasn't played as well as he would like.

"This year, I'm not happy with my first half," he said.

The Yankees passed the 81-game mark while Jeter was on the DL, so his second half began Monday night.

The chase for 3,000 began again, too.
Category: MLB
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Since: Oct 27, 2006
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There is no way Jeter is above average for shortstops. He was never a great defensive shortstop despite his gold gloves. He was a very consistent hitter and above average defensively with some speed on the base paths. Definitely a hall of famer in my eyes but no longer an above average SS. It will be nice to see him get 3000 but I think there are better options at leadoff...Gardner ideally but he needs to bring up the OBP. Granderson would be great but with his power surge is better not hitting lead off.  I'd let Jeter bat leadoff until he reaches 3000. After that, he should probably be batting lower in the order like 7 or 8.


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