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Let’s Be Reasonable
Posted By Alex Belth On August 19, 2011 @ 5:31 pm In 1: Featured,Bronx Banter,Game Thread,Yankees | Comments Disabled
“I look at Cal Ripken,” Rodriguez said. “He was always my role model. He played to about 40 or 41. The one thing about third base is (you need) a strong arm and one step and dive. When you think about center field or the middle of the infield, you have to do so much more. As a shortstop, I always felt like that. As a third baseman, even if you have limited range, if you have good hands and a strong arm, I think you can play there forever.
“As long as you’re driving the ball offensively, it’s very important to be out there at third base because it allows your team, your roster and the organization to have a solid bat at DH, or have it as a rotator where you can have guys like Tex, Jeet, myself and Robbie to occupy it. You kind of strangle the team a little bit by just being an everyday DH when you can go out and play third base. You can always go out and find a guy that has a little more range at third, but if you can be a guy that can produce 30 runs, drive in 100 runs and make 10 or 12 errors, I think anybody would sign up for that.”
Here is tonight’s batting order…
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
And that’s word to Sy Ableman.
Let’s Go Yank-ees!
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 Good stuff from Alex Rodriguez via Chad Jennings: http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2011/08/19/rodriguez-you-can-play-third-base-forever/
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