Nick Johnson will be the Yankees’ number 2 hitter
No, Joe Girardi hasn’t announced it, but the Star Ledger’s Marc Carig has deduced as much from what Girardi said about the two slot yesterday. Girardi’s comments:
I agree with Carig that this is Girardi basically saying, without saying it, that Nick Johnson is batting second this year. Which makes total sense. He’s an OBP God, and with A-Rod and Teixeira hitting three and four, anyone who has guys stealing bases in front of them should be summarily shot.
I think Nick Johnson’s addition is the single most underrated move of the offseason. If he stays healthy -- and really, his injuries tend to be more freak things than chronic things -- the Yankees are going to score tons and tons of runs.