Greg Bird wins Yankees 1st baseman job
Greg Bird has answered all of the Yankees’ questions after missing all of last season with a right shoulder injury, and the organization plans to give him a long look as the everyday first baseman this season.
“He’s been really good,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “Maybe better than what I expected, knowing that he sat out a year and you worry about guys’ timing. It hasn’t seemed to affect him.”
Bird, 24, came into camp competing with the right-handed-hitting Chris Carter for reps at first base. Girardi said on Wednesday that he believes the left-handed-hitting Bird will pick up the majority of at-bats at the position.
“Yeah, I don’t see anything changing that,” Girardi said.
Bird has enjoyed a strong spring, leading the Grapefruit League with 36 total bases entering play Wednesday while batting .421 (16-for-38) with six doubles, a triple, four homers and six RBIs in 16 games.
Carter has batted just .118 (4-for-34) with a home run and three RBIs in 14 games after signing a one-year, $3.5 million contract in February.
Girardi said that Bird, who hit 11 homers in 46 big league games at the end of the 2015 season, has also played well defensively.
“He’s not the fastest guy in the world, but I think he’s very good over there,” Girardi said. “I’ve liked what he’s done at first base.”https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/greg-bird-wins-yankees-1st-baseman-job/https://i0.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/greg-bird-2116.jpg?fit=640%2C400&ssl=1https://i0.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/greg-bird-2116.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1MLBRecent Posts#MLB,Greg Bird,New York YankeesGreg Bird has answered all of the Yankees' questions after missing all of last season with a right shoulder injury, and the organization plans to give him a long look as the everyday first baseman this season. 'He's been really good,' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. 'Maybe better than what...Dan SchalkDan Schalkmyfantasysportstalk@gmail.comAdministratorDan Schalk is a sports enthusiast with degrees in Sports Coaching and Sports Management. He founded MyFantasySportsTalk in July of 2014 to bring a new platform to the sports media industry and allow various sports fans across the country have their voices be heard. Hailing from Buffalo, NY the land of the real chicken wing, you can stay up-to-date with Dan on Twitter @ffsportstalk You can also check some of Dan's work at Fantasypros.com, as he covers the Houston Astros as a team correspondent.MyFantasySportsTalk