The Yankees' lineup will have a new look this season.I think I like this move, though honestly, I am so accumstomed to seeing Damon up first followed by Jeter that it will take some getting used to. And I love Damon's quote. Clearly this is a guy who gets what the team concept is. I'm also excited with the idea of Gardner being in CF. We've lacked that major speed element for so long, it will be fun to see a guy like that in the lineup, even at the end of it.
Derek Jeter will be the leadoff hitter and Johnny Damon will bat second, a top of the lineup switch the Yankees will use for the rest of spring training.
Manager Joe Girardi said the reason for the switch is because the team likes how Damon has looked batting second in spring training games. As long as the Yankees like what they see over the final week of spring training games, the team will bring this lineup into the regular season.
The new look at the top of the batting order also is an indication that the Yankees will use Brett Gardner as their everyday centerfielder. Gardner figures to be the ninth hitter, and if Damon was batting leadoff opponents would likely bring a lefthanded specialist to face both hitters. Putting Jeter first splits the two lefthanded hitters.
"I'm okay with it if it makes our team better," Damon said.
Can we look at this as a harbinger of what might come in a year or two? I doubt it, but it sure is interesting.