E. Pope) says:
I think that Gallego HAS to be an improvement over the zombies that played the
position for the Yankees last year. Looking at the rotisserie stats for the
stiffs that played third last year (besides Pat Kelly, who doesn't look to be
able to handle third) make me shudder.
Player AB H BA HR RBI SB
------ -- - -- -- --- --
Ramos 26 8 .308 0 3 0 3b or c?
Velarde 184 45 .245 1 15 3 I thought he was
Meulens 288 64 .222 6 29 3 Bam-Bam is the
sound the ball
makes when it
hits his glove.
(IF it hits his
Blowers 35 7 .200 1 1 0
Humphreys 40 8 .200 0 3 2 3b?
Rodriguez 37 7 .189 0 2 0 All SS?
Leyritz 77 14 .182 0 4 0
Lovullo 51 9 .176 0 2 0 What do you say
Lusader 7 1 .143 0 1 0
Total 745 163 .219 8 60 8
Gallego 482 119 .247 12 49 6
And to top it all off, Gallego can actually field the position. Unless the
Yankees make another deal (preferably for Scott Cooper) I see Gallego starting
at 3b come Opening Day. Hopefully the Yanks can trade Sax for some pitching and
Pat Kelly can take over 2b for a long illustrious career.
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Of the guys listed above, the only ones to put in any significant time at
third for the Yankees were Blowers, Lovullo, Leyritz, and Velarde. Ramos
is a catcher, Muelens payed the outfield and a bit of first base, Lusader is
an outfielder, and Humphreys is primarily an outfielder (he may have actually
played a few innings at third). Anyway, what we have is that Gallego in
what is probably a career year *barely* outproduced the Yankees' dismal third
sackers (the same thing, by the way, can be said about Charlie '140 plate
appearances w/o a walk' Hayes). And Gallego's fielding stats at third do
not suggest someone who can field the position very well.
Let's face it, the only way the Yankees will ever resolve their third base
problem is by accident -- the front office doesn't have a clue. If they
trade Maas for Wallach I'm going to lose my lunch.