Brett Gardner, not Jeter, should lead off

Outfielder is Yankees' best option at top spot, but who will tell the captain?

Updated: August 19, 2010, 10:03 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees are a better team with Brett Gardner leading off.

Everything about him says leadoff hitter: good speed, high on-base percentage, ability to steal bases, knack for creating havoc -- and runs -- on the basepaths.

And even if it's just a small sample, the record says definitively that when Gardner is at the top of their lineup, the Yankees are more likely to win. Eight times this season Joe Girardi has written Gardner's name at the top of ...

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