Originally posted on IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught  |  Last updated 2/13/13
Brett "Not Yet" Gardner put up big numbers last year. Loftonian numbers. Ichironian numbers. He hit .323, with an on-base percentage of .417. That led all starting Yanks in batting average. Not only that, but he whiffed only 7 times. Whole season.  That's 3 percent of Curtis Fanderson's total. Now, we hairplugs of the Yankiverse - and places like the Daily News - wonder if he can do it again.Of course, he can! Over 16 games.  Because that's all he played last year. A whopping 37 plate appearances. Then he disappeared like Garth Brooks (as Chris Gaines, of course.) Austin Romine and Dave Aardsema have nothing on him. So... now he's our everyday LF? And maybe our CF? And maybe our lead-off batter? And maybe our best OF? Who assembled this team, Rube Goldberg? And what can we expect?Well, in 2011, Brett played in 159 games. But that number is deceiving. He came in late for defensive purposes or he pinch ran. And you'd have a hard time calling him durable. He banged himself up and went ...
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