People will continuously have their opinion on Brett Gardner, but you can’t argue with facts and the fact is the nine-year veteran was the most productive Yankee from Opening Day to October in 2016.
Not only did he lead the team with 77 runs created, but he maintained the second-best on-base percentage (.351) of his career. That percentage also ranked third among American League left fielders.
According to baseball reference’s play index, only one draft pick since Derek Jeter was selected in the 1992 amateur draft has a higher Wins Above Replacement (WAR) than the captain and his name is Brett Gardner.
Additionally, the speedster is in the top-10 in walks, runs scored, hits, triples and stolen bases among Yankees’ hitters since 1990.
While many people are quick to argue that Gardner should be traded and replaced internally, his ability to get on base in front of Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird should do everything except hurt the output of the offense.