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We’ve looked at some of other potential fantasy baseball 2009 keepers2009 rookiesdoodes — already with our ongoing 2009 fantasy rookie series. Today (this afternoon, whenever you’re reading this) we look at the New York Yankees rookie center fielder, Brett Gardner. Gardner had 127 ABs last year, but he’s all rookie for our porpoises.  (Which reminds me, I found out recently my girlfriend went on a trip about five years ago and rode on a dolphin. The thought of her going for a dolphin ride made me jealous, even though she never told me she was with an ex-boyfriend. I just assumed that you go for trips that involve dolphin rides when you’re vacationing with someone special. Baby, look at his fin! He’s waving! This is the best time of my life! I hope he sprays me with his spout like you did last night! You don’t go for dolphin rides when you’re with some jerkoff. Dolphin rides are what girls do with nice guys. But I digress.) Brett Gardner may not even start for the Yankees in center field, but if he does, there’s a reason you’ll want to keep an eye on him for 2009 fantasy baseball.

SAGNOF. That’s why, faithful Razzball reader. Gardner has the power of Juan Pierre, and the legs of him too. In 1448 minor league at-bats, Gardner had an OBP of .389 while averaging about a steal every 3rd game. When he moved to the majors, he still averaged a steal every 3rd game, which is a lot of steals if he can play 120 games. His OBP didn’t carry over from the minors, but he’s still young and has time to improve. He could find himself leading off for the Yanks if everything breaks right for him, which would lead to a lot of steals and runs. Gardner is a perfect endgame target in deep mixed and AL-Only leagues.

12 Responses

  1. BigFatHippo says:
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    Let me see if I get this straight.

    Brett Gardner is Grey’s fantasy dolphin ride?

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Nah, I like Gardner; I’m skipping the dolphin (except in deep leagues).

    @Doug Ault: I needed to watch it five times to make sure I saw right. Then I watched it five more times. I wonder what she says afterwards. I’m guessing, “Shoot, I just made Foulke throw a ball.”

  3. Eric W says:
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    @Grey: you could throw that dolphin in McCovey Cove he couldn’t do much worse then who ever the giants are trotting out there in left field now days

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eric W: Great point!

  5. Mark says:
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    So just when Sox fans had it made with a young center fiedler who could fly the Yankees have to go and do this.

    Who else plays in the Yankees outfield? Is Abreu out of the picture at this point?

  6. Grey

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    @Mark: Melky or Gardner are the center field options as of right now. Abreu was in right and Damon was mostly in left. Abreu might be back with the Yanks in 2009, but it shouldn’t be in center. Melky took major steps backwards in 2008, so Gardner should have the upper hand for playing time in 2009. This is all contingent on the Yanks not getting a high-priced CF this offseason.

  7. big o says:
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    wasn’t this the year matsui was supposed to go to 1st ?
    if not , why not put abreu there ? i think he hurts them in the outfield .

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Swisher should be at 1st for the majority of the games in 2009. Matsui will split time at DH and LF with Damon, and maybe Swisher will see some time at DH too. As the case has been for a few years now, the Yankees have too many all hit/no field guys.

  9. Steve says:
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    @Doug Ault: @Grey: I think it was the sign to come inside.

    Did I just cross a line there?

  10. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I’d like to throw it at her head. What, too much?

  11. Steve says:
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    @Grey: The whole dolphin spouting thing definitely set the tone.

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