Move the Ghosts Aside, A New Yankee Centerfielder…
Anybody that played for the Mankato Moondogs is fine by me…
Introducing the newest Yankee, centerfielder Curtis Granderson! I have to admit that I was a bit reluctant when I saw the price tag (outfield prospect Austin Jackson and pitchers Phil Coke and Ian Kennedy). I was looking forward to a career with Ajax in center, and I had grown very fond of bullpen specialist Coke over the course of the past season. I wasn’t particularly enamored with Ian Kennedy’s attitude, but he did impress me with his return last season following surgery. Nevertheless, I recognize that the Yankees are a better team today than they were yesterday. Granderson hit 30 home runs with a home park that is pitching friendly. Move him to the wind tunnel known as Yankee Stadium and this guy is going to be electric in center field. He stole 20 bags this past season since he does have some speed.
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Granderson appeared in his first All-Star Game in 2009 and scored the winning run in the 8th inning following a triple. This play was huge for the Yankees because it gave them home field advantage in the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. So, it appears that he was destined for pinstripes.
After dispatching valuable bullpen parts in Brian Bruney and Phil Coke, GM Brian Cashman needs to focus on rebuilding the bullpen. However, starting pitching should be the next course of action. I still think the Yankees need to address left field. I am not a fan of moving Melky Cabrera to left. I do not think he hits for the power that you need in left, particularly considering that Nick Swisher is average in right. I’d either like to see the Yanks re-sign Johnny Damon, or look elsewhere for a new left fielder. I would not be a proponent of moving Granderson to left either as I feel his speed is best served in center.
This commentary may be a bit premature since the trade has not been officially confirmed, however, at this point, it appears that it is a foregone conclusion that it will be. Interestingly enough, Granderson wears #28 for the Detroit Tigers. The number is available with the Yankees, unless Joe Girardi decides to upgrade his number to the new goal. So, perhaps Granderson is the missing link for World Championship #28. Time will tell. I have no problem with my friend Julia suffering another year of disappointment! J