Saturday, February 2, 2008

11 Days, 11 Players: Shelley Duncan

Everyday until spring training begins the "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog will review one player from the Yankees roster. We will review a total of 27 players, the 25 we believe will be on the active roster after spring training, and 2 we believe should be on the active roster but won't be for one reason or another. Our reviews are all edited by Carl Pavano himself to insure they're up to the stringent "Pavano Tough" standards.

Everyone knows Shelley Duncan for introducing the forearm mash to the Yankees dugout. He is also a first baseman and utility outfielder who will be competing for a spot on the Yankees 25 man roster come spring training. This kid has a big swing and a tendency to strike out, but when he connects he tends to touch four bases. If he can show some plate discipline he could turn out to e quite a serviceable first baseman, potentially replacing some of the power lost by not being able to play Giambi regularly at the position. While he's no Minky (I'm not even going to try to spell that man's last name, or bother to look it up for that matter) defensively, his glove would more than suffice. Shelley's brother and father were part of the St. Louis team that won the World Series in 2006. Shelley would very much like to be the next Duncan to play for a winner.

Fearless Prediction:

Shelley will make the team coming out of spring training. He will swing and miss. A lot. He'll connect on occasion too.

Little Known Fact About Shelley Duncan:

Shelley suffers from a recurring nightmare in which the M&Ms are trying to eat him!

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