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Ichiro destined for Yankees bench?

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08:29 AM ET 08.12 | A-Rod's return from a non-displaced fracture of his left hand in September very possibly will turn Suzuki into the most famous late-inning pinch-runner and defensive specialist in the game. Now a bunch of stuff has to fall in place for this to occur -- namely Rodriguez must get healthy, Eric Chavez must stay healthy and Ichiro must remain one of the softest hitters in the game. But that is not like, say, Newt Gingrich begging you to vote for Barack Obama unimaginable. Manager Joe Girardi already has had to tell Ichiro he is no longer a right fielder, top-of-the-order mainstay and no-doubt, play-everyday starter. And, in about a month, he might have to tell one of the iconic players of this era that he no longer starts much at all.

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Ichiro Suzuki, Icon SMI Ichiro Suzuki, Icon SMI
August 12, 2012  08:31 AM ET

It Happens To The Best of Them!!!

August 12, 2012  10:11 AM ET

I still think he should have stayed with the Mariners and then retired after this year. Even if he wins a World Series with the Yanks, it will be "tainted".

August 12, 2012  10:13 AM ET

Just another player who held on a little too long.

August 12, 2012  10:17 AM ET

Why did NYY pick him up ?

August 12, 2012  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Why did NYY pick him up ?

They needed an outfielder when Gardner got hurt.

August 12, 2012  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

They needed an outfielder when Gardner got hurt.

Why didn't they bring some one up from their farm system?

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August 12, 2012  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

"But that is not like, say, Newt Gingrich begging you to vote for Barack Obama unimaginable."AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

I think good ol Newt has shown us in the past, he will work for whoever pays him.

August 12, 2012  11:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Just another player who held on a little too long.

Ichiro joins a long list of them.................

August 12, 2012  11:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I still think he should have stayed with the Mariners and then retired after this year. Even if he wins a World Series with the Yanks, it will be "tainted".

Tainted? Why because he didn't stay with a crap team and was traded to a first place team? MANY old players do the exact same thing.

August 12, 2012  11:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Tainted? Why because he didn't stay with a crap team and was traded to a first place team? MANY old players do the exact same thing.

"Tainted", because he played "half the season" with a loser and "half the season" with a winner. I would say the same thing about any player, that was traded at the trade deadline and went on to win a ring.

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August 12, 2012  12:13 PM ET

The outcome of ending up a defensive replacement, pinch runner, and occasional pinch hitter was a given from the moment he agreed to be traded to the Yankees--and he knew it. ARod's injury just delayed the result. He was moved to LF because in Yankee stadium left field is larger than right, and Swisher doesn't have the range to play the big field.

August 12, 2012  12:28 PM ET

This is what this retread wanted. To leave a team that he could play for everyday to one that he will basically be scrubbing the cans for.

August 12, 2012  12:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I still think he should have stayed with the Mariners and then retired after this year. Even if he wins a World Series with the Yanks, it will be "tainted".

Tainted with what?!?

August 12, 2012  01:00 PM ET

I see another name change coming.. Chad Onodinko

August 12, 2012  01:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

"Tainted", because he played "half the season" with a loser and "half the season" with a winner. I would say the same thing about any player, that was traded at the trade deadline and went on to win a ring.

Lame.

August 12, 2012  01:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I still think he should have stayed with the Mariners and then retired after this year. Even if he wins a World Series with the Yanks, it will be "tainted".

The only taint here is in the photo at the top of the article.

August 12, 2012  01:13 PM ET

This Yankees squad will only go as far as their bench takes them. Also Chavez is not an everyday player anymore. He has been told by doctors to rest after every 4 games.

 
August 12, 2012  01:14 PM ET

And I don't see why swisher wont get benched .. He's been atrocious as of late.

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