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    How Didi Gregorius made the transition from Derek Jeter perfect for the Yankees

    2019 ALCS Game 6 - New York Yankees against Houston Astros

    Replacing an icon or any type of legend is not a challenge in which everyone succeeds and after the 2014 season, when Derek Jeter’s career ended, the Yankees had to face a short-range vacancy.

    Jeter played 2,674 of his 2,747 career games as a shorttop. In the games Jeter did not play shorttop due to injuries, being a designated hitter or simply removing the game, 25 different players started shorttop from 1996 to 2014, but none of these, especially in the latter part of his career, could be seen as successors.

    Which brings us to 2014.

    When Jeter horribly broke his ankle in ALCS 2012 Game 1 against Detroit and then struggled with four periods of disability in 2013, it was evident that the end of his career was ending. He then announced that he would retire in February 2014, which means the Yankees had around 10 months to find his successor.

    It took until December 5, 2014 for the Yankees to find Jeter’s successor, acquiring a 24-year-old Didi Gregorius. At the time, he was a .243 career hitter in 191 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks with questions about his ability to hit the left handed pitch.

    Five years later, Gregorius successfully navigated everything that happened with the success of a Hall of Famer and produced a strong five-year run for the Yankees, who signed Gerrit Cole late Tuesday evening. He ended 2019 as a .264 career hitter and a .252 hitter out of pitch for left-handed.

    In five years since Yankee for a total of 660 games, he beat .269 with an OPS of .795 to accompany 97 homers and 360 RBI and 334 points scored. It was initially slow with an average of .206 in the first month, an average of .221 in the first two months.

    He eventually snapped and Gregorius ended up becoming a post-season clutch actor, hitting a three-shot humerus in the 2017 joker game after Brian Dozier and Eddie Rosario put Minnesota 3-0 at the first inning. It also ended the return against the Indians in ALDS 2017 with two humeri off Corey Kluber in Game 5.

    “Didi has been a great player for us. He’s a fantastic person, “reporter Aaron Boone told reporters at the San Diego Winter Meetings on Tuesday.” Teams are lucky to have him because he is a really good player. And I think that obviously going in winter, where he is healthy, he would expect a very productive season from him. “

    Cole’s signing ended a few hours after Gregorius signed a $ 14 million one-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies to restore his market value in a friendly baseball field and reunite with manager Joe Girardi.

    Gregorius did enough during the first four years with the Yankees before injuring his elbow in ALDS 2018 by shooting Fenway Park. His body of work before the injury was enough to wonder what kind of multi-year deal he could get in a free agency and assume that the Yankees could hold him back.

    But it was before Cole came on the scene with a deal that would pay him $ 324 million for nine years. While the Yankees were believed to be armed with an open checkbook, saving money here and there could help Cole’s cause, which probably explains why the Yankees didn’t even bother with the qualifying offer of $ 17.8 for Gregorius. .

    Going back to 2014, business often takes months to be consumed and you should think that such an arrangement took some time and perhaps the Yankees explored Gregorius throughout 2014, knowing that other potential names weren’t attracting them.

    Among these in a USA Today article about Jeter’s replacement, there were three main possibilities: Hanley Ramirez, Troy Tulowitzki, J.J. Hardy. Ramirez was considered the best free agent in the position, Tulowitzki was frustrated by the direction of the Rocky Mountains and Hardy was facing back spasms while playing a stellar defense for the Baltimore Orioles in 2014.

    Each had some drawbacks.

    Hardy ended up playing three more seasons with Baltimore and hit 21 homers. Ramirez gave the Red Sox a really good season in 2016 with 30 humeri and 111 RBI, but he never played a shorttop due to the presence of Xander Bogaerts. Tulowitzki had a long-term contract ($ 118 million left after 2014), hadn’t played 150 games since 2009 and a year later he was traded with the Blue Jays and then spent five games with the Yankees before getting hurt and end retire.

    In the same speculative story, the puppies had multiple players for shortstop. They ended up running out of Addison Russell short of points before not competing with him last week, moving Javier Baez to second place and swapping Starlin Castro to the Yankees where he and Gregorius became fast friends.

    Elvis Andrus was also mentioned, who was in the midst of an eight-year $ 120 million contract with the logic that he could make room for Jurickson Profar to move to his natural position. Profar has now been on his third team since then, after being deployed from Oakland to San Diego.

    Other free agents running out of points after the 2014 season were Asdrubal Cabrera, Jed Lowrie and Ben Zobrist was also a speculative possibility. As for Gregorius, he was competing with Chris Owings at the time, to be used in Arizona for the short stop. Owings ended up hitting .227 in 147 games at Arizona second base, while Nick Ahmed beat .226 in 2015 and didn’t emerge as a productive hitter until 2018.

    In the end the Yankees made the right choice in trading for Gregorius and exploiting his potential. He managed the successor role of a legend well enough that after a while you forgot who was doing it.

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    Replacing an icon or any type of legend is not a challenge in which everyone succeeds and after the 2014 season, when Derek Jeter’s career ended, the Yankees had to face a short-range vacancy.

    Jeter played 2,674 of his 2,747 career games as a shorttop. In the games Jeter did not play shorttop due to injuries, being a designated hitter or simply removing the game, 25 different players started shorttop from 1996 to 2014, but none of these, especially in the latter part of his career, could be seen as successors.

    Which brings us to 2014.

    When Jeter horribly broke his ankle in ALCS 2012 Game 1 against Detroit and then struggled with four periods of disability in 2013, it was evident that the end of his career was ending. He then announced that he would retire in February 2014, which means the Yankees had around 10 months to find his successor.

    It took until December 5, 2014 for the Yankees to find Jeter’s successor, acquiring a 24-year-old Didi Gregorius. At the time, he was a .243 career hitter in 191 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks with questions about his ability to hit the left handed pitch.

    Five years later, Gregorius successfully navigated everything that happened with the success of a Hall of Famer and produced a strong five-year run for the Yankees, who signed Gerrit Cole late Tuesday evening. He ended 2019 as a .264 career hitter and a .252 hitter out of pitch for left-handed.

    In five years since Yankee for a total of 660 games, he beat .269 with an OPS of .795 to accompany 97 homers and 360 RBI and 334 points scored. It was initially slow with an average of .206 in the first month, an average of .221 in the first two months.

    He eventually snapped and Gregorius ended up becoming a post-season clutch actor, hitting a three-shot humerus in the 2017 joker game after Brian Dozier and Eddie Rosario put Minnesota 3-0 at the first inning. It also ended the return against the Indians in ALDS 2017 with two humeri off Corey Kluber in Game 5.

    “Didi has been a great player for us. He’s a fantastic person, “reporter Aaron Boone told reporters at the San Diego Winter Meetings on Tuesday.” Teams are lucky to have him because he is a really good player. And I think that obviously going in winter, where he is healthy, he would expect a very productive season from him. “

    Cole’s signing ended a few hours after Gregorius signed a $ 14 million one-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies to restore his market value in a friendly baseball field and reunite with manager Joe Girardi.

    Gregorius did enough during the first four years with the Yankees before injuring his elbow in ALDS 2018 by shooting Fenway Park. His body of work before the injury was enough to wonder what kind of multi-year deal he could get in a free agency and assume that the Yankees could hold him back.

    But it was before Cole came on the scene with a deal that would pay him $ 324 million for nine years. While the Yankees were believed to be armed with an open checkbook, saving money here and there could help Cole’s cause, which probably explains why the Yankees didn’t even bother with the qualifying offer of $ 17.8 for Gregorius. .

    Going back to 2014, business often takes months to be consumed and you should think that such an arrangement took some time and perhaps the Yankees explored Gregorius throughout 2014, knowing that other potential names weren’t attracting them.

    Among these in a USA Today article about Jeter’s replacement, there were three main possibilities: Hanley Ramirez, Troy Tulowitzki, J.J. Hardy. Ramirez was considered the best free agent in the position, Tulowitzki was frustrated by the direction of the Rocky Mountains and Hardy was facing back spasms while playing a stellar defense for the Baltimore Orioles in 2014.

    Each had some drawbacks.

    Hardy ended up playing three more seasons with Baltimore and hit 21 homers. Ramirez gave the Red Sox a really good season in 2016 with 30 humeri and 111 RBI, but he never played a shorttop due to the presence of Xander Bogaerts. Tulowitzki had a long-term contract ($ 118 million left after 2014), hadn’t played 150 games since 2009 and a year later he was traded with the Blue Jays and then spent five games with the Yankees before getting hurt and end retire.

    In the same speculative story, the puppies had multiple players for shortstop. They ended up running out of Addison Russell short of points before not competing with him last week, moving Javier Baez to second place and swapping Starlin Castro to the Yankees where he and Gregorius became fast friends.

    Elvis Andrus was also mentioned, who was in the midst of an eight-year $ 120 million contract with the logic that he could make room for Jurickson Profar to move to his natural position. Profar has now been on his third team since then, after being deployed from Oakland to San Diego.

    Other free agents running out of points after the 2014 season were Asdrubal Cabrera, Jed Lowrie and Ben Zobrist was also a speculative possibility. As for Gregorius, he was competing with Chris Owings at the time, to be used in Arizona for the short stop. Owings ended up hitting .227 in 147 games at Arizona second base, while Nick Ahmed beat .226 in 2015 and didn’t emerge as a productive hitter until 2018.

    In the end the Yankees made the right choice in trading for Gregorius and exploiting his potential. He managed the successor role of a legend well enough that after a while you forgot who was doing it.

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