Chase Headley’s first game spoke volumes to me. He arrived in the middle of the game, was ready to suit up, and hit a walk-off base hit in the bottom of the 14th inning. He would end up getting two more walk-off hits in his 58 games as a Yankee. On a team that had a clear lack of heart, this is a guy is worth keeping.
As an everyday player, he hit a respectable .262 with 6 home runs (on pace to hit 17 HRs if he had played all 162 as a Yankee), and an OPS of .768. On the defense side of the game, he had fielding percentages of .986 at third and .983 at first – both impressive. Being able to field at both corners of the infield may make him invaluable to the team, given the question marks that Yankees have at those positions. Alex Rodriguez is a question mark at third, and Mark Teixeira’s ability to stay healthy and be available for the length of the season make Headley a unique fit for the 2015 team.
Look, his ability to shine in pressure situations is what makes him valuable. You cannot put a stat on that, except the number of times he ends a game with a swing of the bat and ends up under a Gatorade bath. Headley has done that enough to warrant some attention. He reminds me of Raul Ibanez in that respect – the guy you wanted at the plate when a comeback was required.
--Ike Dimitriadis, BYB Senior Staff Writer
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