Sunday, February 28, 2016
'CASTRO & THAT THIRD BASE IDEA'... STARRING AROD
Small nugget from Chad Jennings and LoHud and something we have touched upon here at BYB. Read MORE OPTIONS AT THIRD BASE from yesterday. Jennings writes:
"Alex Rodriguez might not need a glove this spring, but he could still have an impact on the Yankees’ infield defense.
With Starlin Castro getting used to second base and about to get his feet wet at third, Rodriguez could be a source of information about transitioning to the hot corner, especially for a young guy who’s used to playing shortstop.
'I mean, there are so many things (to learn),' Rodriguez said. 'The angles are completely different. There are so many plays that you don’t have at short: there’s bunting, cut off and relays, and obviously you don’t get to see what’s going on with the catcher. You’re just reacting. Shortstop helps you out a little bit, but it’s not the same.'”
You gotta love an veteran like Alex Rodriguez helping the youngsters. Look, Starlin Castro was signed as a second baseman and yes, we do have Rob Refsnyder and Dustin Ackley and the Yankees are gonna try and figure out a way to get them some playing time at second too. Plus, you gotta assume Chase Headley needs alittle rest at third once in a while because he wasn't too wonderful defensively. This backup idea at 3rd featuring Castro is a good idea.
The biggest concern with Castro is that many are worried about how the guy will handle the New York media and learn a new position at the same time. For a 25 year old, the pressure could be enormous and we as the Yankees have no idea if he can handle it. The Beers and Balls Show mentioned that. No idea if that will be the case, it's speculation, but it is definitely something to think about.
Whatever it is, this is what Spring Training is for. Nice nugget Jennings.
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