Sky Kalkman at ESPN’s TMI blog (really?) has run the numbers, and thinks this is the optimal Yankees lineup for 2010:
1. Nick Johnson
2. Mark Teixeira
3. Curtis Granderson
4. Alex Rodriguez
5. Robinson Cano
6. Derek Jeter
7. Nick Swisher
8. Jorge Posada
9. Brett Gardner
My sources tell me that Mr. Kalkman has been placed in protective custody so that no small-ball lovers and/or Derek Jeter fanboys will be able to do him bodily harm for disrespecting their particular crushes so thoroughly and completely.
But everyone should really relax because we’ll never see that lineup. Joe Girardi is angling for a new contract this year. The only thing that would better ensure his departure than batting The Captain 6th would be turning heel, smacking John Sterling with a metal chair during an interview, and donning a Red Sox Mexican wrestling mask while making devil horns or something.
No, forget that. A lot of people would dig the whole hitting-Sterling-with-a-chair/devil horns thing. Batting Jeter 6th would be the ultimate career suicide.
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.