Posted by bad_luck on 3/3/2014 11:43:00 AM (view original):
Posted by burnsy483 on 3/3/2014 11:38:00 AM (view original):I'm sure they could have figured something out. 1st is the easiest position to play on the diamond. I think Jeter could have handled it if he had to. Same with Sheffield, who used to play third.
Posted by bad_luck on 3/3/2014 11:34:00 AM (view original):Who plays 1st?
That's even easier. Tony Clark and Ruben Sierra got 620 combined PA with a 95 and 94 OPS+ at the 1B and DH spots. Miguel Cairo got 400 PA at 2B. I'm sure the Yankees could have figured something out.
But again, no need to move Jeter in 2004.
So make Jeter play outfield, a position he's not comfortable playing, or 1st. Or something. Or someone else does - multiple people are learning to play different positions. Or is Jeter a utility guy at this point? 500 atbats bouncing around in left, 1st, 2nd...
Jeter to 3rd and ARod at SS would have made more sense. Of course, ARod got bigger and would have broken down quicker at SS and been hurt more often, and then you would have had to find a new SS. But at the time, ARod was easily a better SS than Jeter was.