Jones blames second half on finger injury, wants to play four more years

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What Went Right: Postseason Pitching

Via George King: Andruw Jones blamed his miserable second half on a finger injury suffered after the All-Star break. “I did it diving for a ball against Toronto at home,” he said. “Hands and fingers are tough.”

The Yankees played the Blue Jays in the second series after the break, which I guess is when it happened. Either way, the 34-year-old Jones hit .244/.326/.535 with eleven homers in the first half before dropping down to .142/.256/.255 with three homers in the second half. He was so bad, even against lefties, that the Yankees left him off the playoff roster. Jones also told King that he hopes to play another four years, but I doubt any of them will be in the Bronx.

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  • Lance

    Then why didn’t the idiot say anything?

    • JW

      How do you know he didn’t say anything to Girardi or Donahue?

      • 0 for infinity and beyond

        Because we would have heard it from RAB because they have their (uninjured) finger on the pulse of everything Yankees.

        • AC

          Some things go unpublished.

  • Eddard

    Yeah, and Curtis Granderson’s problems were do to an eye problem. ARod’s problems were due to a wrist injury. CC’s problems were due to an elbow injury. Just take responsibility, Andruw. 4 more years? Who is he, Obama? Jones should not be back, not even for $1.

    • jjyank

      NO POLITICS!

      • Thurdonpaul

        no ALL CAPS :)

        • jjyank

          Touche, sir.

          • Captain_Turbo

            No French!

      • FIPster Doofus

        That wasn’t even a political comment. All he did was mention a politician’s name.

        • jjyank

          Ever hear of a joke/sarcasm? Eeesh.

          • RetroRob

            No doubt another reason Mike and Co. ban politics. Even humor gets lost! ; -)

    • dc1874

      Amen brother…Amen^^^^^^^

  • Murderers’ Row Boat

    Step 1: Go back in time to 2007.
    Step 2: Get past self to stop eating.

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

      Exactly. He should have considered having a salad once in a while being a professional athlete and all.

      • 0 for infinity and beyond

        Couldn’t, the injured finger caused to much pain to use salad tongs

        • Jersey Joe

          ^^^^^^

  • Grover

    Along with Feliciano and Garcia, is Jones the only guarantee not to return? I’d put Swisher in there but I’m afraid he just might accept the qualifying offer.

    • Eddard

      Swisher thinks he deserves Jayson Werth money after another dominating postseason performance so he won’t be back. Jones is gone. Raul is gone. ARod is about 70/30 gone. Chavez probably retires. Soriano opts out, he’s gone. Andy might retire. Gonna be a lot of change which can be a good thing if they build a foundation of youth, speed and contact hitters.

      • jjyank

        I know introducing a concept into Eddard World can be difficult, but can we stop pretending that reports on what a player is seeking is more than step one of basic negotiating?

      • jsbrendog

        what do we need to do to make you be gone?

        $50? $100?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Five minutes in the closet with Eduardo Nunez?

          • DC

            Three with Chris Dickerson.

            • jjyank

              One with David “Big Game” Phelps.

              I think we all know the real reason Eddard nicknamed him that.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Spontaneous ejaculation with MR. BIG GAME himself.

              • DC

                I thought that came with touching Jeter’s ankle cast?

        • JMK

          Why bother responding? It’s better to ignore.

      • DC

        And then you’ll be on here complaining that the contact hitters hit into too many double plays.

    • RetroRob

      No need to be afraid. He’s going for a multi-year deal, and he’s going to make a lot of money and will make his acquiring team better. Be interesting to see how the Yankees patch together RF.

  • NYYROC

    4 more years? Maybe the Ham Fighters need an OF.

    • 0 for infinity and beyond

      Ham fighters or ham eaters? :)

  • brian

    Boy is Derek Jeter missed by the Yankee universe right now…

    I don’t know if I’ve ever heard this much whining and this many excuses since I have beginning with Swisher in game 2…

    Hell Hal Steinbrenner used the words “no excuses” and “we had a lot of injuries to key guys” in the same missive.. it’s a joke

    Come back strong Derek, PLEASE

    • Eddard

      Yeah, Jeter and Teixera were playing on one leg down the stretch. Jeter played until his leg practically broke. Girardi said whenever he asks Jete if there’s a problem Jete says, I’m ok let’s go. When Jete went down in Game 2 he told Girardi, I would rather you leave me for dead on this field than to be carried off. So he walked off the field and demonstrated more leadership in that moment than ARod and Cano ever have.

      • 0 for infinity and beyond

        That’s why there is only one Derek Jeter. Everyone goes for the glory, he goes for the win.

  • Thunder Road Runner

    LOL! My grandfather shows more hustle than this lazy loafer. Adios, Amigo!

  • Maris61

    Which finger was it?

    • PhillyMatt

      The middle one that the guy gave to george costanza and danny tartabull on the way to the PBS fundraiser

  • DJ4K&Monterowasdinero

    That would explain his not hustling on the bases and in the outfield.

    Makes sense now!

    • Burn Girardi’s Binder

      +1

  • LarryM., Fl.

    I will be quite happy if the Yankees move forward with a different approach from the HR and walk type of player. We have seen our team fail in the playoffs more often of late as the dynamics of the club has changed to this type of lineup makeup. Some contact hitters in the lineup such as Gardner, Jeter, Ichiro would be fine in addition to the power guys.

    I watch clubs advance which do not appear to be stocked with Yankee power. Cashman does not have to abandoned totally his thought process just fine tune it.

    No Jones is my response to Andruw.

  • http://none Favrest

    Yea, enough. Let him walk. We don’t need another player dumb enough to try and play through a hand injury. He cost us a lot of games.

  • rek4gehrig

    So exactly what was wrong with his legs that prevented him going hard after balls?

    • Cris Pengiucci

      If he got to them, he’d have to catch them and that would hurt his finger. So obvious.

  • Burn Girardi’s Binder

    No chance he’s back in 2013 but I’ve always like Andruw and had a soft spot in my heart for righties who go bonkers against LHP (Marcus Thames 2010, anyone?)

    I don’t know if he has 4 years left in him, but I’d be curious to see how he does with his new team next year.

  • Ted Nelson

    I fear all the decent commenters are gone at this point. The inmates are running the asylum… This used to be a great forum. Not so much anymore.

    • Ted Nelson

      I mean there are still good commenters even on this thread… but they are overwhelmed with the ignorant hysteria…

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I’m sure the off-season will drive some of these new people away. It has seemed very WFAN-like around here as of late.

        Stick around. You get a lot of shit on here, but I’ve always felt you were one of the best.

        • G

          Somewhere else on the Internet. I saw someone suggest sending Jeter, Teixira, and A-Rod to AAA. You know, just to send a message.

          The worst has yet to make its way here.

      • jjyank

        I’m sure it’ll calm down a bit as he get further removed from the season. But it’s the price to pay for RAB getting bigger.

        • Dan Gold

          Preach on brotha

      • bpdelia

        go over to posting and toasting. but yeah Ted, its getting a bit silly. most of the peeps who’ve been here are good but seriously 80 percent of the new people are intolerable. there are rarely good civil conversations anymore and these people talk about the players as if they weren’t human beings

    • JMK

      The comments been downhill for a while; RAB is a victim of its own success in that regard. I miss the good ‘ol days with pat, Mondesi, TSJC, Rebecca, leokitty, Riddering, Brendog, Steve H, Matt Imbrogno and yes, even SBLG (apologies to those I omitted). But hey, times change.

      (That statement does not speak to the consistent quality put out by Mike; he does a great job with RAB and I appreciate his efforts greatly.)

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Nothing against him. Would much rather the team go in another direction with a bench spot next year.

    • jjyank

      At the very least, it would be one less person for commenters to complain about smiles.

      (note that I do not, in fact, give a shit if someone smiles)

      • Robinson Tilapia

        In the eddardmetrics department, your level of biggameness increases as your number of smiles decreases.

  • Duh Innings

    Jones wants to play four more years so he can have a chance hit 66 HRs to reach 500 HR and guaranteed Hall Of Fame induction because he’d have joined the 500 HR Club with ZERO PEDs talk about him. He should really look to play six more years / through age 40 so he has to average only 11 HR a season to reach 500.

    If he’s smart he’ll just take one-year $2M contracts from hereonin so he can have a better shot at a pair of 20 HR seasons which could speed up his reaching 500 HR (hit 40 HR in two years and you need only 26 in the other years to reach 500 HR.)

    • G

      He should be a Hall of Famer without 500 homers. He’s arguably the best defensive center fielder of all time.

  • Jersey Joe

    I think this excuse might help him on another team. However, it really would make sense to keep him around if the Yankees sign Ichiro or send Dickerson out to right field to have a power-hitting complement.