Is it okay to hate Doug Mientkiewicz? I mean, it’s not his fault he’s starting — it’s Torre’s. But he’s a backup first baseman at this point in his career, and if the Yankees wanted an efficient roster, Jason Giambi would be the backup first baseman.
Not saying Phelps is the answer by any means. However, he’s a much better option at this point, regardless of which hand the opposing pitcher throws with.
Is it too much to ask a team with a $190 million payroll to go find a league average first baseman? Chris Shelton is rotting away in Detroit’s AAA system. That’s a start. Follow that lead.