May 4, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) during the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Time To Move Derek Jeter Down In The Lineup


It’s never fun to see the great ones start to have their skills deteriorate before your very eyes. Derek Jeter announced his retirement coming into this season and so far he hasn’t gotten off to the start in his final season that he was hoping for. When Jorge Posada was in his final season in 2011, manager Joe Girardi dropped him in the lineup and then stopped playing him all together for the most part. It’s time for Girardi to make a move with another Yankee legend and drop Jeter in the lineup.

Jeter so far this year has a .240/.271/.311 slash line so far this season. He has three hits in his last 28 at-bats. He hasn’t scored a run or walked since April 25.  You can’t have someone who’s doing that poorly hitting behind Jacoby Ellsbury and ahead of Carlos Beltran in the lineup.

It’s time to move Brett Gardner into the spot where Jeter is. Yes Gardner and Ellsbury are both left handed hitters but so what? Having Ellsbury and Gardner 1-2 in the lineup is going to be a pain in the neck for opposing pitchers. They have a combined 17 stolen bases and 31 runs scored.

Here’s what the lineup should look like:

Ellsbury

Gardner

Beltran

Mark Teixeira

Alfonso Soriano

Brian McCann

Yangervis Solarte

Jeter

Brian Roberts

If/when Jeter begins to hit again then bring him back up to the top of the order. The Yankees need as many people as they can to get on base right now with a struggling pitching staff. Having Ellsbury and Gardner at the top may ignite a struggling offense. The Yankees can’t afford to keep Jeter at the top right now. It’s time to drop him in the order.

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  • James North

    Derek’s my man but I have to agree, Jason. He’ll get it going again but right now the team needs more consistency at the top of the order.

    • JoeDaBeast

      I have always felt that Gardner needs to bat further up, but sliding Posada down is MUCH different than moving “The Captain” down the line up.

  • YankeeBaseball

    I have to agree. Move Jeter to eighth and Gardner to second. This team can’t afford an albatross batting in the second hole!

  • Thomas Katona

    If u move jete down in lineup u might as well tell him to hang the spikes up.I don’t care who’s pitching and it’s bottom of the 9 th. 1st. & 2nd. Also 2 out. Out of the whole team I want him up with series on the line. Because he’s the only one who will honestly give it his all to tie or win the game.