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Raul Ibanez, the Yankees Designated Non-Hitter: a Fan’s Take
I know it is early and there are more pressing things I should worry about, but as a New York Yankee fan, I am not too comfortable with our current designated hitter situation. Jesus Montero was traded to Seattle, Jorge Posada is retired, and Raul Ibanez was brought in to fill the Yankees designated hitter void. Unfortunately, Ibanez has looked more like a designated non-hitter.
So far this spring, the new Yankee is batting .075 with eight strikeouts. He hit his first home run on Saturday, March 24 against the Detroit Tigers. Even in a down year Jorge Posada performed better than that last season. In 2011, the longtime Yankee hit .235 . Maybe Posada, motivated by the return of Andy Pettitte, will follow suit and restore the Core Four to New York.
Well, Mr. Posada, what do you say? Are you sure you want to stay retired? Yes it's true your last season in New York was less than ideal, but don't you want to come back and try to rectify that? Your replacement is only a year younger than you are. Ibanez is 39 and you are a young 40. If he can do it, so can you. I know the decision to return to the Yankees isn't yours to make, but if you come out of retirement, the team would at least know you're available.
All joking aside, hopefully Ibanez has found his swing and won't struggle this mightily during the regular season. Ibanez has a career batting average of .280 , but the last three years he has hit, .272, .275 and, in a shortened 2011 season, .245.
Yankees, if Ibanez struggles, I implore you to at least think about bringing Posada back. Come on, one more for the Core Four.
Vonda Menard has been a New York Yankees fan for over 25 years. Her stepfather first brought her to Yankee stadium as a young child, where she fell in love with Don Mattingly, and the Yankees. She makes the pilgrimage from Connecticut to New York yearly, to expose her boys to the same experience.
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