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Yankees: Dan Johnson starting at first base are you kidding me

Dan Johnson is best known as the ‘hero’ from infamous Wild Card Wednesday, as he hit the tying home run to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York

Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yankees to get into the 2011 playoffs. But that is about it, as Johnson is kind of like a David Tyree of baseball.

The Yankees signed Johnson to a minor league deal during the off-season, obviously leaving his chance of him making the Opening Day roster wide open.

With the 10-week loss of first baseman Mark Teixeira, who suffered a strained right wrist last Tuesday, the Yankees are now looking at Johnson as a possibility.

Here are Johnson’s stats from 2008-2012, minus 2009 when he played in Japan (All stats are courtesy of baseball-reference.com):

Year
Age
Tm
Lg
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
SB
BB
SO
BA
OBP
SLG
OPS
RISP
WAR
200828OAKAL110000000000.0000.0000.0000.0000.0
200828TBRAL10253500240370.2000.2860.4400.7260.1
200828TOTAL11263500240370.1920.2760.4230.6990.1250.1
201030TBRAL40111152230723125270.1980.3430.4140.7570.2410.1
201131TBRAL3184710102406180.1190.1870.2020.3890.059-0.9
201232CHWAL14228810360930.3640.5480.8181.3670.2500.5
4-year totals:852173040501233140480.2270.3590.4780.8380.183-0.1
Dan Johnson - batting stats- 2008-2012

I don’t think explaining why Johnson is a bad option is necessary after looking at the above. Not only was Johnson’s playing time diminutive, he was awful.

I do not know what the Yankees are going to do. I would rather them maybe move Kevin Youkilis to first and have Eduardo Nunez play third. Nunez is a huge defensive liability but at least he can hit.

GM Brian Cashman’s words via the New York Post were not exactly encouraging, “We’ll just wait and see. What we have in our camp is what we’ll continue to evaluate, and we have at our disposal potential casualties from other camps.”

The Yankees have turned into an absolute mess. It is an utter embarrassment to the Yankees franchise to not have viable back-ups with the amount of money the ball club makes.

I understand that injuries are inevitable, but not having a solid back-up plan with a loaded bench is despicable. And just to reiterate is not the fault of Cashman, as he was handcuffed all off-season by ownerships penny-pinching.

I hope Hal Steinbrenner starts to care about investing in the team, or he should sell what his father built to someone who does.

 

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