DiMaggio. Mantle. Murcer. Henderson. Williams. Damon. Gardner:
“We’re going to start with Gardy in center,” Girardi said. “Both of them played great. Melky had a tough year last year, but he came into camp and was ready to go and played well. Gardy finished up strong and had a great camp.”
Gardner and Cabrera have had equal chances in spring training, with one at-bat separating them. Gardner is 20 for 52 (.385) and Cabrera is 18 for 53 (.340). Each has scored 10 runs and walked six times.
I see no basis for concluding that Brett Gardner is going to be able to replicate or even come close to this spring training numbers over the course of a full season. Not that Melky would either. What will the Yankees do when they realize that they’re getting nothin’ from these guys? I know it may not be ideal, but I can’t help but think we’re going to see a lot of Nick Swisher in center this year.