As our regular readers know, Joe Girardi is the only manager in baseball history who does not let his team’s leading batter play.
Ichiro has the highest average on the team, but his manager doesn’t let him play.
When Ichiro starts, the Yankees win. He rarely takes a “0-for.” He is feared by opposing pitchers. He is still a great hitter, with an average nearing .300. But his manager prefers to keep him on the bench.
Even when Ichiro contributes to victories, Girardi benches him. Why why why why why? The proof came (again) Wednesday night. Ichiro started; Yankees won. It’s that simple, folks.