Derek Jeter was at the center of an extended controversy over the winter when the free agent and the Yankees played hardball over a new contract. Now that his finances are settled, expect the shortstop and management to dig in again over another issue: How far down in the order should the 36-year-old bat? Jeter's .340 OBP in 2010, a career low for a full season, is unimpressive for a leadoff man, and New York has a classic top-of-the-order hitter in 27-year-old Brett Gardner (.383 OBP, 47 steals). Nor is Jeter ideal for the second slot: In addition to his low OBP, he's an extreme ground ball hitter—he had the highest rate of batted balls pounded into the ground of any player last year and was in the top three in '09. All those ground balls make him prone to wiping out the leadoff man with double plays. (Nick Swisher, a higher-OBP fly ball switch hitter, is a better choice to bat number 2.) That leaves Jeter slipping all the way to seventh, behind the power hitters. Can manager Joe Girardi take as tough a stand during the season as G.M. Brian Cashman did during the winter with the most popular Yankee since Mickey Mantle?