The New York Yankees love this game of cat-and-mouse with Brett Gardner. And, naturally, he wants to wear the pinstripes once again.
Death, taxes and Brett Gardner awaiting his fate during the offseason.
Just another typical offseason for the New York Yankees and the 36-year-old outfielder. But this game is not growing old for Gardner and he wants back in pinstripes.
“I want to continue playing,” Gardner said, via Dan Martin of the New York Post. “Physically and mentally I feel great. My family wants me to keep playing. Hopefully, that’s here.”
Gardner’s 2019 campaign was stellar, especially considering he entered the spring as the fourth outfielder. In a season marred by injuries, Gardner escaped fairly unscathed, playing in 141 games for the third-most on the team. Gardner, however, did spend time on a short injured list stint before returning to crush more homers.
Gardner had a career-high .503 slugging percentage, along with a career-high in home runs (28) and RBI (74). He also batted in every single spot in the lineup for multiple games, the only player on the team to do so.
After a disappointing 2018, Gardner reemerged as the team pulse with his bat-banging antics and incredible leadership skills. Not only that, but he earned respect across the league.
Gardner is the epitome of what a Yankee should be. He’s hard-working. He’s smart. He’s well-spoken. He’s a competitor. Brett Gardner anywhere else wouldn’t make any sense whatsoever.
Give the man as many one-year deals as necessary until he finally decides he’s done playing the game he loves. If anyone deserves to retire a New York Yankee, it’s the guy who is incredibly underrated on a team full of superstars.
Gardy wants to stay and the fans would like to celebrate more Gardy Parties. This is definitely a win-win situation. Draft up the deal now.