After yesterday’s game Joe Girardi gave some quotes that seem to quite rationally, reasonably and diplomatically assess the Yankees offense. Specifically: Girard was asked if the Yankees need to go out and get more bats. He noted that the Yankees offense was bad now but that him, in the clubhouse, saying “yes, we need better hitters” would necessarily be insulting his current team and he didn’t want to do that. Then he said that he’s confident the hitters he has can get the job done.
Pretty standard stuff, yes? Not if you read ESPN New York. The headline:
That’s “bristling?” I’d hate to see “testiness” or “grumpiness.”
In other news, the fact that Girardi has had as much success as he’s had in New York without ever really getting into a big P.R. problem or actually losing his cool may be the most underrated thing about him. Most of us dealing with that nonsense would’ve gone full-on Bobby Valentine years ago.
The Yankees fell behind early to the Orioles on Sunday afternoon, a day after dropping both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader. Their game, as did every other game on Sunday with the exception of the Braves-Cardinals doubleheader, started at 3:05 or 3:10 EDT, a change Major League Baseball recently made to create fairness on the final day of the season.
Girardi is not a fan. Per the Associated Press:
It was cloudy at Camden Yards at 3:05 p.m., but late-afternoon games often make it difficult for batters to see pitches.
Girardi said, “Here’s the thing that bothers me: If it’s a sunny day you’re playing in shadows.”
He added, “If it’s the most important game of the year to get in, I don’t think that’s right.”
Understanding the idea is for every team to play at the same time, Girardi said, “Then play all night games.”
One wonders if MLB had scheduled Sunday’s slate of games for the night, if Girardi would have instead complained about batters losing fly balls in the stadium lights. Furthermore, both teams have to play in the same conditions.
Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was given an opportunity to play a new position in Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies. After the Phillies rallied to take a 6-2 lead in the seventh, the Marlins let Suzuki take the hill in the eighth. And, in news that surprises no one, he was impressive.
Though Suzuki gave up a run on two hits, he flashed a fastball that hit the mid-80’s and a breaking ball with some bite.
Suzuki, who turns 42 years old later this month, is 65 hits of 3,000 in his major league career. The Marlins are interested in bringing him back in 2016.