tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6433124862209671981.post1550324563556222973..comments2009-03-03T14:44:41.666-05:00Comments on The Chuck Knoblog - A Funny and Informative Yankee Blog: Gardner Versus MelkyNatehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07518276144374792800noreply@blogger.comBlogger5125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6433124862209671981.post-33352444842634610222009-03-03T14:44:00.000-05:002009-03-03T14:44:00.000-05:00I don't thinkt their staff is really that GB that ...I don't thinkt their staff is really that GB that it would make a significant difference.<BR/><BR/>Regardless of the stats, just from what I've seen, Gardner is one of the best centerfielders in baseball. He has a simlar reputation as well.Mike NYYhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04130775342062665084noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6433124862209671981.post-41689202762657159722009-03-03T10:21:00.000-05:002009-03-03T10:21:00.000-05:00The thing about Gardner and his "no power" label i...The thing about Gardner and his "no power" label is it's horse-crap. He doesn't swing for power because it is not his forte. <BR/><BR/>Brett is a guy who once the ball is in play causes havoc amongst the defenders. And if you look at him statistically, he has never performed well in his first stint at any level after being called up. However, the following season, he capably puts up 40+ SB with a .300+ BA.<BR/><BR/>The Yankees can add +2/3 wins with Gardner easily because of his defending and can add 30+ Runs to the team with Damon being able to balance out the order after the slugging 3/4/5 batters.Pablonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6433124862209671981.post-16052218340001568792009-03-02T21:51:00.000-05:002009-03-02T21:51:00.000-05:00Considering that even a large sample of fielding s...Considering that even a large sample of fielding stats can't be considered gospel and that Gardner's major league sample is very small, I'd rather stick with the known quantity. Also, the Yankees have a pretty groundball heavy staff, so outfield defense may not be as important as it is for other teams. It would be really nice if we had minor league fielding stats, though.Natehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07518276144374792800noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6433124862209671981.post-33072804366494696212009-03-02T21:45:00.000-05:002009-03-02T21:45:00.000-05:00I`ve thought about that and that was my first reac...I`ve thought about that and that was my first reaction to the Swisher trade but now I`m not so sure.<BR/><BR/>Assuming Swisher reverts to his 2006/2007 form as a hitter, he's worth around 20 batting runs. He's also shown himself to be worth about -10 runs in centerfield. So in centerfield he's only worth about 10 runs. <BR/><BR/>Seeing as he was worth about 12 runs defensively in his brief ML time last year I don't think its far-fetched to say Gardner will be worth over 10 runs on defense alone.Mike NYYhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04130775342062665084noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6433124862209671981.post-70379246772440713802009-03-02T19:31:00.000-05:002009-03-02T19:31:00.000-05:00I agree that Gardner is the better option of the t...I agree that Gardner is the better option of the two but personally I would just go with Swisher and sacrifice some defense for offense, but the Yankees don't seem willing to do that.Natehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07518276144374792800noreply@blogger.com