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Is Jacoby Ellsbury Already Failing?

Don’t Look Now, but Jacoby Ellsbury is a bust!

Ellsbury is hitting an anemic .118 in the spring so far. He has 6 strikeouts in 22 at-bats. He is still flying under the radar right now because everyone is talking about Masahiro Tanaka and the rest of the new Yankees. However, if he does not start hitting soon, Yankee fans could be on his case by his first regular season at-bat.

Ellsbury’s signing was really where the Yankees showed Robinson Cano the door. The 7-year, $153 million dollar contract was actually relatively close to what the team wanted to sign Cano for. Instead of one of the best second basemen of all-time, the Yankees went ahead with an injury-plagued outfielder that relies on his legs to give teams value and just turned 30. Of course, he won’t be hitting .118 forever, but I hope the Yankees realize what they paid for.

When Ellsbury is on the field, he is great. He’s a career .297 hitter with a .350 OBP and can steal bases with the best. Unfortunately, Ellsbury isn’t on the field all that often. He’s had one complete season since 2009. He isn’t injured as often as Carl Pavano was, but he cannot be injured his first year if he wants Yankee fans to respect him.

Ellsbury has a clean slate in New York. He is a former Sox player, but he was never very involved in the rivalry. As long as he gets on base for all the Yankees power behind him in the lineup to drive him in, he will be left alone. If Ellsbury has an April that in any way resembles his spring training, it could ruin his year. It’s amazing how the first month of the season impacts a player’s psyche for the following five. No player wants the Bronx against them, especially this early in a contract. Ellsbury needs to hit the ground running immediately. Welcome to New York.

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  • Chad

    Are you serious? 2 weeks into games in spring and hes a bust? Your in the wrong line of work. Find something else to write about cause your grasping at straws on this one.

    • Stan

      I agree.. its spring training the games don’t count… in truth i’d rather see hom struggle now than in april

  • Martini_NY

    You must be a Red Sox fan that’s pissed off he left the Sox. He will be just fine when the season stars. This is the only topic you could write about? Very sad in deed!!

  • Bigchief

    Give me a break with this a 300 hitter doesn’t forget ho to hit

  • Phil Privitera

    Scott, he is a veteran player. It is March 13th….no need to worry about Ellsbury.

  • JoeDaBeast

    Calm down everyone who commented! Scott is doing what every writers wants, fans to read his article and comment about it. Do most fans remember the writers that wrote positive pieces or the ones that had a edge enough to piss off some of the fans?

  • Elma Sherry

    Well Ellsbury is an famous baseball center from American.. he is good in baseball, entire article is good, clear and simple ways to describe this, totally involved in Ellsbury’s article..we should not ignore the work of Ellsbury….