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New York Yankees: Analyzing Brett Gardner as the Leadoff Hitter

spring training, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi made the decision to elevate Brett Gardner to the leadoff slot in the Bombers' batting order.

After 11 games Gardner is hitting under .200 and also has an anemic on-base percentage.

But there is more to the story.

Watching Gardner, he seems uncomfortable at the plate. He is not swinging at the ball. Instead he is slapping at it.

Last night, in the Yankees win over Baltimore, Gardner struck out three times. For the most part he seemed to have no plan at the plate.

He was late on almost every pitch. Although he had some long at-bats fouling off pitch after pitch, almost every foul was on a late swing in which he weakly tapped the ball  down the ...

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