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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
As YankeeBianchi used to tell me in the bar…“Us Yankee fans are the smartest in all of baseball…Francesa said so!”
“Who would you rather have as your starting right fielder?
78% ~ Ichiro Suzuki
22% ~ Nick Swisher
(Total votes: 2,059)”
To me, this is not much of a choice. Ichiro Suzuki may have the better resume, the future Hall of Fame credentials, but Nick Swisher is clearly the superior player right now. That is why Swisher will make much more money than Ichiro when Swisher finally signs.
However, a surprising number of people (more than one) have tweeted at me that they’d rather have Ichiro for ‘13 instead of Swisher. Be careful what you (s)wish for.
For all of Swisher’s shenanigans, his silly playoff complaints and his lack of October hits, he was a pretty good Yankee. Swisher’s OPS was .822 or higher in each of his four years. His on-base was never lower than .359 and as high as .374. That is some nice production that leads to regular season wins.
Posted: December 19, 2012 at 11:05 PM | 28 comment(s)
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