The Yankees were 14-4 while Derek Jeter was injured, and are 1-3 since he returned. Jeter, just two hits from 3,000, has gone 4-for-18 (.222) in those games. It brings to light the great debate: where does Jeter bat for the rest of his resplendent career?
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.
Does Brett Gardner have what it takes to usurp Derek Jeter as the Yankees’ leadoff man? According to the Daily News, there “continues to be a push from some inside the organization” for Gardner to take over the leadoff spot from the Yankees’ captain.