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Joe Girardi is not concerned about Derek Jeter’s Spring Training struggles


New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is preparing for his final season in Major League Baseball. Having missed significant time in 2013, it is not surprising that things are a bit rusty or that the ‘Captain’ is off to a rough start.

So far this spring Jeter is batting .167, but manager Joe Girardi is not concerned. Quotes from MLB.com:

Timing’s messed up. I’ve seen him pull some balls, and that’s kind of unusual. Older guys you don’t worry so much about early on in Spring Training. I can remember Lou Piniella told me not to worry about Raul Ibanez, that I’d see it in the last week and he’d start to hit. And he was right. Sometimes it just takes those guys a little longer to get going.”

The counter to Girardi’s argument would be the fact that Spring Training baseball is designed to favor hitters over pitchers. The guys on the mound work on new pitches, throw to only one spot, throw only fastballs, and so on, making it far less demanding for hitters and inflating offensive numbers. That is why you see so many final lopsided final scores this time of year.

Girardi is probably correct that Jeter will ultimately be fine at the plate. How he’ll do in the field, however, is another matter entirely.

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