Girardi: Gardner should be an All-Star

BALTIMORE — Brett Gardner’s name has not yet appeared on any of the All-Star balloting updates for the American League roster, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi is hoping that oversight will be corrected.

“I think he’s worthy of being on the All-Star team,” Girardi said. “I think he’s had a great first half defensively, offensively. He’s played every day. I believe he’s an All-Star.”

Gardner, 29, entered play on Saturday batting .288 with seven home runs, 29 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in 79 games for New York, coming back from a season in which he was limited to just 16 games due to a right elbow injury.

He has hit safely in 26 of 32 games since May 24, batting .331 (41-for-124) over that span. Gardner has posted a .347 on-base percentage and a .450 slugging percentage entering play on Saturday.

The only Yankees outfielder to rank near the top of any previous All-Star balloting update this season was Ichiro Suzuki, who clocked in at 15th among outfielders in each checkpoint. Robinson Cano has led AL second basemen at each checkpoint.

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As much as I don’t like Cashman, yankeecanada, this ENTIRE mess falls on the Steinbrenners boys shoulders. One decided to give Aroid a hugh contract the other ordered Cashman to go Cheap. Neither has worlked. These two BOZOS need to get off their collective ARSES and spend some money in the offseason. IF these two don’t know how to run a ballclub then either hire folks to do it or SELL the club. This is the WORSE Yankee team in 20 years. The Old Man is rolling over in his grave.

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Even usual steady reliable Kuroda has caught the disease. The whole team is getting dragged down. No confidence. Everybody has given up. Men playing against boys. We’re no match for the O’s. It’s AA team against a major squad. I hope Cashman and the cheap Steinbrenners are happy. Too bad you can’t fire the owners. Write this season off folks.You gotta be a sadist to keep supporting this team this year.We’re headed for last place and that’s where we’re going to remain for the rest of the season. That’s my prediction.

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This is where not getting runners in with bases loaded comes back to bite. Got to take advantage of what you’re given early in the game because a starting pitcher can bear down and shut you down or the opposing team draws some momentum off your lost opportunity and scores runs. Inexcusable not to take a gift when it’s given you. This guy Davis on the O’s is incredible. Power galore. How come we didn’t pick him up? Oh yeah, because we were only giving out 1 year contracts.

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bases loaded and they can only walk in 1 run. The old nemesis last year and this year. RISP. Leaving too many on base. Now 6 games behind the Red Sox and tied with the Rays. One game away from last place. Plummeted down the last couple of weeks. Jays and O’s and Rays going up and the Yankees going down. And there is no one on the bench or in the system who can do anything better than the B team we have on the field. Getting killed lately. On base percentage is terrible. Even our starters are off their game. Not a pretty sight.

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My sentiments too Seeknay. Robert g is now yankeecanada. had to switch from twitter. Account ran out for some reason

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My point about the Montero-Pineda trade is that the Yankee prospects basically are NOT major league ready when the callup comes. I mean look at Romine as a classic example. The guy is batting .150 or so. THAT does not cut it at any position. Mgmt knew that Jorge’s days were numbered in 2009. Instead they sign Martin who they lose to the Pirates and prepare NO ONE in the minors. Seems to be that way at almost every position. The entire scouting system needs an overhaul and the majority of coaches in the minors need to be retired or sent packing.

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Not sure you can say Cashman got hosed on the Montero deal, Noesi’s been unimpressive (2-13, 29 appearances, 125ip) & Montero might have had a decent year last year but was so poor this year he got sent down! When you add to the fact Montero’s been stone cold in 2013 to the fact he’s not a long term catcher you have your answer. We might not have seen Pineda at major league level yet, but I’m willing to roll the dice there, when he’s fit & healthy I think he’ll be a much more sustainable player.
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No getting away from the fact we stink right now though, we can blame as much as we want, but coughing up 9 runs isn’t going to get the job done, neither is frankly disturbing RISP numbers. The RISP thing isn’t an overnight sensation, it’s been like that for more than 2 years now to the point I’m begging Long to go out, grab some tailor’s dummies & stick em in uniform at second & third during BP! I know people say Long has done good things, but there’s one Yankee in last nights lineup hitting .300 and that’s a rookie. That’s not good enough under any circumstance and if it was replicated in most lines of work would be the best way to get fired short of punching your boss out.
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As for Gardner as an all-star, I can see the argument and do think he’s deserving of a nod, but ultimately he’s not doing himself any favours by not running. If he’d been up in the realms of leaders in SB he’d be on the all-star team, but he’s not even close. He’s performed well as a leadoff guy, fielded his position extremely well, but you don’t make the all-star team based on D – people don’t vote for gloves they vote for bats.

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Based on what Monterotrade did last season, the M’s are still ahead in the game. Pineda had a serious injury that will leave him as a high risk prospect who has a questionable future, that won’t change until he makes it back to the majores, if he makes it back and proves that he can
Itch successfully in the majors on a consistent basis. Campos is another injury prone pitcher who the Yanks got in the Monterotrade deal and has struggled in the minors, so until both pitchers make it to the majors and can have success, you can definitely say that the VILLAGE IDIOT Crashman got HOSEDbig time.

As for Gardner, no he doesn’t deserve to be an All-star this season. Statistically, it looks like he should’ve, but his numbers are definitely misleading. Most of what he has done this season have been against pitchers who are mediocre or pitchers who don’t have much experience at the major league level. He does ok against the average pitchers, but struggles against the better pitchers. He leads the team in SO’s and has a very average OB percentage and has Avery average OPS, plus he doesn’t walk very much as a lead off hitter, and has stolen 11-17 bases, very average ratio in terms of SB’s. Allthose facts are huge minuses when considering him for the All-star game. He’s always been a very average lead off hitter and most likely will never be an impact player in this offense, since he will never be a fit in this offense. This team got some punch from the LOsition, the best in years, with him out and the Yanks platooning. That speaks volumes of Gardner as an offensive player. His speed hasn’t killed anyone either.he’snothing more than aNo.9hitter hitting leadoffonly because this team doesn’t have any options with so many injuries.

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Gardner also disappears in the second half of the season. He struggles when it counts the most.

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Seeknay,

Even though Crashman’s got hosed in that Montero deal, there was a lot of doubt that he would have been the Yankee catcher for the future. I doubt he would stay as catcher due to the fact that he is a defensive liability behind the plate, more likely his future will be as a 1B. The Mariners just found out that fact the hard way, that’s why they demoted him. The M’s are definitely looking at someone for their future catcher, it definitely won’t be Montero.

Yet, one more “highly regarded” prospect who has turned out to be a schmuck at the major league level, further proof that Yankee prospects are overrated.

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Anyone that thinks Romine is the Yankee catcher of the future I have some swamp land I’ll sell you in Upper Mongolia. Yankees dump Montero on the M’s and all I heard was that the catchers in the minors are great. If this guy is great WOW. He’s got to batting below his weight. I agree yankeecanada the ONLY player on tis team worthy of an all star appearance is Mo. As for Cano I’m NOT sure I’d sign him longer than 5-7 years. Why??? Do the names Arod and Tex strike a note???? Sorry when you reach middle 30s in this sport the skills start to diminish. There’s an occasion exception, like Jeter. And even he did not geet a 10 year contract.

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See how decisive Showalter is. Pitcher not pitching well and even ahead 9-2 Showalter takes him out and brings in a pitcher from the pen. Not taking any chances. Girardi would leave the pitcher in one more batter, one more inning and give up a grand slam. Difference in managers. Bases loaded,2 outs, and you have an Austin Romine at the plate? Unbelievable. How bad can it get. No one to pinch hit on the bench? What does that say about this team?

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I don’t think anyone on this team this year deserves to be an all star. Gardner has had a good year but he isn’t an all star, and neither is Cano this year. He really has been quite average and inconsistent. Maybe Mo again but that’s it.

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This is a joke for a team. What more can we say than has been said without repeating ourselves over and over again. This team this year stinks. And theres no hope or help in sight. And whos feeling sorry for us. No one.

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Well this game is OVER! Phelps is slowly becoming Phil Hughes II. Good game then a crap game. Looking forward to offseason. Mgmt get off your ASSES and get some players.

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Isn’t this wonderful? Watch David Phelps get knocked all over the ball park and giving up 4 runs in the 1st inning. it’s the men playing the boys. Now our pitching is going south as well as our hitting. Why should we expect a different result looking at the team that’s been thrown together. I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re not in last place in a week’s time. I’m inclined not to watch the Yankees any more for the rest of the year. It’s too hard to take to watch them go down the toilet like this.

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