Joe Girardi: Derek Jeter Will Return To Yankees’ Leadoff Spot

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — According to Yankees manager Joe Girardi, there’s no debate. Sure, Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner have found their stroke in the leadoff spot during Derek Jeter’s absence, but the Yankees’ captain is still No. 1.

“I don’t think so,” Girardi said of moving Jeter out of the leadoff spot when he returns from the disabled list. “Derek’s been our leadoff guy. We’ll see how he feels when he comes back, but yeah, he’ll still be our leadoff guy.”

Jeter limped off the field on June 13 against Cleveland. It’s the first time since 2003 he’s been on the 15-day DL.

“Obviously the ultimate goal is to be an everyday player,” said Gardner. “But I understand that obviously there’s other guys that are going to get at-bats and I understand that. … When you get on a roll you want to be in there and play every day and try and keep things going.”

The Yankees’ captain threw for the first time Tuesday, including long toss, since going on the 15-day disabled list last week because of a strained right calf.

“Derek is going in the right direction,” said Girardi. “I don’t think he’s hit yet, but he’s throwing, and that’s a step in the right direction.”

Jeter also worked out indoors and had treatment at New York’s spring training complex. He’s six hits away from 3,000 in his career.

Should Jeter return to the leadoff spot? Fire away in the comments below…

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  • Jimmy

    My Met fan friend used to tell me that Ordonez was a better SS. Yeah, that has nothing to with this controversy but I just remembered it because he just wouldn’t give Jeter any credit either.

  • lydia

    Team is 6-1 without Jeter and look like a much fresher and better ballclub without the prima donna. To hell with him, bat him 9th or leave him on the bench.
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  • Truth Hurts

    Please don’t give me the garbage about championships he won. That was years ago when he was young. He is not the same player he was, and he is not in the same class of Yankee players as Gehrig, Ruth, Mantle, etc. He will get his 3000th hit soon? What, 2900 of them are singles? And to the opposite field off his fists? C’mon, give me a break already.

    • Chris


      • Jeff

        2,219 singles 477 doubles 62 triples 236 home runs now i am a huge yankee fan past present and future. One thing is the fact everyone is on this 7-1 since he went on the DL. Ok this is true but how can you say that they would not be the same with him. Pena, or Nunez, or someone else is better than Jeter right now come on.

      • Chris

        No just a better team with him 9th and Gardner 1st

    • Paul D

      Truth is, my friend, that you are clueless.

  • Paul D

    You’re a Red Sox fan or something even more ignominious. But you’re not a Yankee fan. Got to the Hub and comment there. You’re spoiled and shouldn’t be allowed to watch the Yankee game with men. The Red Sox and every other team that don’t win with the consistency of this team spawn such as you. You don’t appreciate the nuances of the game, go watch Oprah reruns.

    • Chris

      I would love to see the Yankees run like the Red Sox. If they did the Red Sox wouldn’t be the best team in baseball right now. With the money the Yankees have, if they were run like the Red Sox, there would be no competition. Case in point, they had a captain but they grew a pair and basically slapped in the face and they’re off because of it.

      • Paul D

        Varitek is not a shoe in hall of famer, not even close. Those who think that Jeter’s profound desire to win had nothing to do with the five titles, have not an inkling of what that is- to elevate your game when most are shrinking from the moment. Have some respect for the man’s resume and championship heart.

      • Chris

        If you want to live in the past dude, then be ok with drowning in mediocrity the next few years while Boston kicks our ass. The minute you start putting your heart first though is the minute you get left behind.

  • Jeff

    I say he should go to the 2 hole that is were he spent 14 or so of his years. He was only the leadoff hitter cause at the time there was no proven one on the team. As for the “prima donna” whatever you will be eating your words when he makes those Jeter plays in the field and once again does it in November. Nothing against the Grandy Man but i say give it a try it is again where he should be.

    • Chris

      Plays in the field, he doesn’t get to anything and makes routine plays look tough because of it. You put him 2nd it’s even worse. He’s 35th all time hitting into double plays, he’ll be first before seasons end. Btw Yanks 7-1 post Jeter. Can’t wait till they’re mediocre again when he comes back.

  • Paul D

    You guys kill me. Where was this garbage spewing from your holes when he was making play after play in the post season. That’s what his career comes down to in your eyes- “the prima donna.”- I want you all to show up at old timer’s day when he comes back and I want you to boo. That’s right, let him hear it. Then go root for the Red Sox.

    • Chris

      You call those dribblers to shortstop hits, plz. I don’t like him in the lineup at all but you can’t argue at all that he should be batting leadoff over Gardner who has a WAR of over 9 since the start of 2010 and is thriving right now. The only good thing about grandpa batting 1st is that it’s one less time he can hit into a double play.

    • Chris

      Every day he shows up at the ballpark is old timers day and I’d like to do a lot more than boo his a$$. The guy is worthless and I wish they would’ve slapped him in the face with a minor league contract offer before the season because that’s where his level of play belongs.

      • Jeff

        You do know that they is no 300 hitter on team right now and jeter is fouth on the team in hits this year.

  • Me Me Me Me Me Me Me

    It just goes to show you what a selfish, self absorbed, prima donna Jeter really is. If he truly cared about the team, instead of himself, he would march his .260 BA with 20 RBI into Joe’s office and demand to be put at the bottom of the order. Sadly, you ain’t gonna see that happen.

    • Jeff

      As for that 260 BA it’s fifth on the team so i don’t think he is the one that is bringing the team down they all need to step it up. So why don’t you just leave it alone if you were a true Yankee fan or would not be saying this.

  • Clueless Joe

    Go ahead Joe, be loyal to the geriatric squad and you will be on the links come October 1st.

  • dabooch

    Now Batting NO. 9 Jeter, going for his 3,000TH hit! Irony at its best.

  • Chris

    Team is 6-1 without Jeter and look like a much fresher and better ballclub without the prima donna. To hell with him, bat him 9th or leave him on the bench.

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