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Saturday, March 07, 2009

Bernie Williams: Alex Rodriguez’s injury could be a ‘blessing in disguise’

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“As hard as this may sound, it could be a blessing in disguise for him, because it might give him an opportunity to get away from all this craziness and give him an opportunity to heal. Kind of dissipate the whole distraction,” Williams said Friday after a workout in the batting cage at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.

...“I think probably it might be good for the (Yankees), too,” Williams continued. “It’s gonna leave a big hole in their lineup, but they have enough firepower in that lineup. Obviously (Rodriguez) is gonna be missed. But they have a lot of firepower to compensate for his loss. Hopefully they’ll be able to do well.”

...“He’ll have an opportunity to heal his body,” Williams said of Rodriguez’s hiatus from the media glare. “I think, probably, mentally and spiritually, he’ll get himself in the right frame of mind to come back and play the game. I think it’s just too much craziness right now.”

Repoz Posted: March 07, 2009 at 01:10 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Posted: March 07, 2009 at 02:15 PM (#3095270)
But they have a lot of firepower to compensate for his loss. Hopefully they’ll be able to do well.

They do? Do the Yankees have anyone that projects to an OPS over .800 other than ARod and Teixeira?

I guess Posada and Matsui have decent shots to clear .800, but both have major injury issues of their own.
   2. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: March 07, 2009 at 02:27 PM (#3095276)
Do the Yankees have anyone that projects to an OPS over .800 other than ARod and Teixeira?
Um, are you kidding? Here's ZIPS:

941 Rodriguez 392/549
907 Teixeira 390/517
844 Matsui 368/476
835 Swisher 364/471
823 Nady 340/483
822 Posada 364/458
808 Cano 334/474
800 Damon 362/438
795 Jeter 369/426

Their entire lineup is projected at 800 and up, except for their shortstop, who is just barely under.
   3. Dan Posted: March 07, 2009 at 02:39 PM (#3095280)
Maybe .800 was a bit of an exaggeration, I was initially going to put .850 there, but even so I'm genuinely surprised to see Swisher, Nady, and Cano projected to slug that well by ZiPS.
   4. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: March 07, 2009 at 03:00 PM (#3095289)
Nady's broken 800 in both of the past two years, and is in his prime. Swisher has done it in half of his major league seasons (ignoring his cup of coffee year), and is just entering his prime. Cano has done it in half of his major league seasons, and isn't even in his prime yet.

Yes, Swisher and Cano had bad seasons last year. But reversion to the mean and age-related improvement must count for something.
   5. catomi01 Posted: March 07, 2009 at 03:07 PM (#3095292)
how would bernie's arm play at third base? he's got to be a better option than cody ransom, right?
   6. AROM Posted: March 07, 2009 at 03:29 PM (#3095298)
Maybe .800 was a bit of an exaggeration, I was initially going to put .850 there, but even so I'm genuinely surprised to see Swisher, Nady, and Cano projected to slug that well by ZiPS.


Me too on Swisher. I've got him at .454. Since he's been a big leaguer, he's slugged around .450 twice, once at .493, and once at .410. Career average at .451.

Still, he's a pretty good player. The Yankees don't have any below average hitters in the healthy lineup.

If Posada can't catch, and then at 3B, obviously now you've got holes.
   7. plink Posted: March 07, 2009 at 03:55 PM (#3095312)
Their entire lineup is projected at 800 and up, except for their shortstop, who is just barely under.

Not to detract from your point, but using ZiPS there is somewhat misleading; other projection systems have most Yankees lower than that. PECOTA, which is at the other extreme, has Damon at 777 as the 3rd best OPS behind ARod and Teixeira.
   8. Frisco Cali Posted: March 07, 2009 at 04:18 PM (#3095326)
how would bernie's arm play at third base?

I see a lot of bases empty 5-4-3 groundouts for Wang.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 07, 2009 at 04:32 PM (#3095344)
941 Rodriguez 392/549
907 Teixeira 390/517
844 Matsui 368/476
835 Swisher 364/471
823 Nady 340/483
822 Posada 364/458
808 Cano 334/474
800 Damon 362/438
795 Jeter 369/426


Is Swish playing CF? I thought it was Melky/Gardner.
   10. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: March 07, 2009 at 05:30 PM (#3095380)
Not to detract from your point, but using ZiPS there is somewhat misleading; other projection systems have most Yankees lower than that. PECOTA, which is at the other extreme, has Damon at 777 as the 3rd best OPS behind ARod and Teixeira.
Well, I picked ZiPS because it was easy to get at (currently linked to on the front page).

But regarding PECOTA... really? 777?

Rodriguez, Teixeira, Damon, Matsui, and Nady all beat that last year; Posada and Jeter were within single digits of it. And that's with uncharacteristically worse than normal years from Posada and Jeter, not to mention Cano and Swisher, both of whom have beat that mark easily in significant portions of their admittedly young careers.
Is Swish playing CF? I thought it was Melky/Gardner.
Yeah, I don't know. If Melky/Gardner instead of Swisher, that's obviously different, but the gist of all this still stands. The Yankees have a good lineup, whether their best hitter is in it or not.
   11. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: March 07, 2009 at 05:55 PM (#3095404)
Didn't Nady once play 3B? Could he play it a Bobby Bo level for the first few innings and then have Ransom come in as a defensive replacement?
   12. RedRobot8 Posted: March 07, 2009 at 09:29 PM (#3095590)
I was thinking that skill-wise, it would be interesting to try Swisher at 3rd. He's a better athlete than he looks, having held his own at 1B, LF, CF, and RF. Swisher would have all of spring training to get up to speed, and it would allow the Yankees to keep all of their big bats in the lineup until ARod's return. That, or the Cashman could call up Kenny Williams and see if he could get a do-over on the Swisher/Betemit swap. Between Fields and Viciedo, the Sox don't really need Betemit anymore, and Swish could play CF on the South Side.
   13. BKJohnny Posted: March 07, 2009 at 10:32 PM (#3095684)
Could he play it a Bobby Bo level for the first few innings and then have Ransom come in as a defensive replacement?


you can't say his name when you're trying to make a rational plan to run a winning ballclub. I hear if you say it three times he kidnaps your 3 hitter teaches him how to hit in the clutch...the Bonilla way.
   14. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: March 07, 2009 at 10:46 PM (#3095690)
I was thinking that skill-wise, it would be interesting to try Swisher at 3rd. He's a better athlete than he looks, having held his own at 1B, LF, CF, and RF. Swisher would have all of spring training to get up to speed, and it would allow the Yankees to keep all of their big bats in the lineup until ARod's return.


I've seen this a couple of times. I think it's one thing to toss a slick fielding first baseman, such as a Mike Squires or Mattingly, who are infield mainstains, in a pinch, but I don't think a Nick Swisher-type is the kind of southpaw any team would suddenly turn into a third baseman, even for a short period of time.
   15. aberg Posted: March 07, 2009 at 11:38 PM (#3095702)
Swish could play CF on the South Side.


Ozzie hates him too much.
   16. jwb Posted: March 09, 2009 at 01:33 PM (#3096608)
Swisher brought teh awesome.
   17. Famous Original Joe C Posted: March 09, 2009 at 02:38 PM (#3096654)
Cano has done it in half of his major league seasons, and isn't even in his prime yet.

He's 26 years old. He's in his prime.

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