Tag:Derek Jeter
Posted on: June 21, 2011 9:54 am
Edited on: June 21, 2011 6:53 pm

Pepper: Pujols' injury keeping him in St. Louis?

By C. Trent Rosecrans

BASEBALL TODAY: Well, just who is that handsome man joining Lauren Shehadi today? Why, it's me. Hear me ramble about Josh Outman, Dillon Gee and the Marlins in today's Baseball Today.

Cubs TO PASS ON PUJOLS: There are questions about whether the Cubs can even afford to go after Albert Pujols, but the Chicago Sun-Times' Gordon Wittenmyer speculates that Pujols' wrist injury could keep the Cubs from even entering the sweepstakes for the three-time MVP.

Although Pujols has been incredibly durable throughout his career, the injury he suffered Sunday could send red flags to teams considering the long-term investment that Pujols will require. Pujols will likely be looking for the security of a long deal, one that could be the final contract of his career. With concerns about his health, the Ricketts family may just have the excuse they were looking for as to why the Cubs can't lure Pujols from St. Louis.
It could also be nothing; it could be a blip on Pujols' career -- but at this age, you have to consider how long you can be saddled with a declining player. The Cubs have been hamstrung by contracts in the past (see Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Zambrano, Milton Bradley) and a decline triggered by injuries and aided by age can even happen to the game's best players (Ken Griffey Jr.).

There'll still be a market for Pujols after the season, that's for sure. But it'll be interesting to see what kind of markdown there will be following Sunday's injury.

Or, perhaps, this spurs the Cardinals and Pujols to reconsider signing an extension during the season, as Jeff Passan of Yahoo! urges both sides to consider.

Either way, the injury may hurt the Cardinals in the short term but help keep Pujols in St. Louis for the rest of his career.

M'S LEADER: In St. Louis, Brendan Ryan's energy and personality was seen as an annoyance to Tony La Russa. In Seattle, it's a positive, as the shortstop has emerged as a team leader for the surprising Mariners. [Seattle Times]

HOLD FOR FULD: And yet another chapter in the legend of Sam Fuld. While Fuld's numbers have dropped from his hot start, he helped out the Rays in another way Monday -- on the mound. Really, Fuld warming up for the eighth inning isn't as much a testament to Fuld as it is manager Joe Maddon. The Rays needed more time to warm up lefty Cesar Ramos and since Fuld had already entered the game in the pitcher's spot, he didn't have to throw a pitch in the eighth but did take up enough time to allow Ramos to get ready to pitch. [St. Petersburg Times]

NEXT PROSPECT UP: 'Tis the season for prospect call-ups, and the next one may be the Pirates' Alex Presley, the team's 2010 Minor Leaguer Player of the Year who's hitting .332/.382/.506 with eight home runs in Triple-A. Pirates GM Neal Huntington said if the Pirates weren't in the stretch of games in American League parks, Presley would already be with the big club. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

PASSING OVERBAY: Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said first baseman Lyle Overbay won't start during the team's series with the Orioles to work on his hitting. Garrett Jones started at first in Overbay's place Monday. Overbay is 4-for-30 in his last 11 games, dropping his season line to .228/.307/.353. Hurdle said Overbay may still be used to pinch-hit or as part of a double switch, but Jones will start the next two games. [MLB.com]

NL CATCHES A BREAK: While the National League gets pounded by the American League in interleague play, the senior circuit may catch a break in the All-Star Game. The way the Tigers' rotation shakes out, Justin Verlander would pitch on the Sunday before the July 12 game in Phoenix, making him ineligible to pitch in the All-Star Game two days later. [MLB.com]

INSIDE THE BASEBALL STUDIO: In one of the great, "I wish I would have thought of that" features of recent years, Patrick Cain of FanGraphs.com asks baseball players actual questions from James Lipton on Inside the Actor's Studio. His first one is with Reds starter Bronson Arroyo -- I will say, it'll be interesting to see how many guys go along with this. Bronson's one of those who will answer any question -- and give you great answers. Anyway, bravo Patrick, bravo. 

JOEY BALLGAME?: Had the Reds not taken Joey Votto in the second round of the 2002 draft, the Yankees were ready to snap up the reigning National League MVP. Former Yankee scout Dick Groch was in Votto's living room on draft day waiting for the Yankees to take him. It wasn't quite that close, though (not like, say, the Reds skipping Derek Jeter to take Chad Mottola in 1992), as the Reds selected Votto with the 44th overall pick. The Yankees didn't have a pick until 71 after losing their first-round pick by signing Jason Giambi as a free agent in 2001. So, even if the Reds had passed on Votto, we might be saying the same thing about whatever team picked him up between picks 45 and 70. [ESPNNewYork]

RAYS WOES: There was some positive baseball attendance news from this past weekend, but it wasn't coming from Tampa Bay. The Rays are second-to-last in attendance, yet have the most affordable tickets in professional sports, according to an ESPN the Magazine. [Tampa Tribune]

COFFEY RUN: Nationals reliever Todd Coffey has sprinted in from the bullpen his entire career. At the Nationals' annual Dream Foundation gala on Saturday night, Coffey made his entrance at a full-on sprint -- in a tuxedo. [Washington Post]

RICKEY A LINK TO THE A'S PAST: Rickey Henderson is working as a roving instructor in the Oakland minor league system. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy remembers how beloved an older Rickey was in San Diego, while the San Francisco Chronicle's Gwynn Knapp says Rickey is a link to the team's successful past. Rickey being Rickey can't but help Rickie's brother, Jemile Weeks, and the rest of the A's. 

HUGHES' ROAD BACK: Coming off an impressive start for short-season Staten Island on Sunday, Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes will make another start Friday for Double-A Trenton. [Trentonian]

Mets MESS: The Mets owners fired back at Irving Picard, the trustee overseeing the Bernie Madoff bankruptcy case, in their motion to dismiss the $1 billion lawsuit filed against them. [New York Daily News]

CANADIAN HALL: One of my all-time favorite baseball cards was the Topps Tom Henke All-Star card from 1988. I'm not sure why it always amused me so much, but I'm sure it had to do with the glasses. Still, the glasses often overshadowed one of the best pitchers of the 80s. Henke was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame this past weekend. [National Post]

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Posted on: June 17, 2011 12:17 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 4:49 pm

Pepper: New Marlins ballpark draws raves

Edwin Jackson and Daniel Hudson are facing each other for the first time following last season's trade. Danny Knobler joins Scott Braun to take a look at the impact this trade has had and also looks ahead to other compelling interleague matchups.

By Evan Brunell

NEW PARK: The Marlins took media on a tour of the new ballpark Thursday, and it's the first real look at what the park wil be revealed as. There was a prior visit in spring training, but the ballpark at that point was mostly a construction zone. Now, thousands of seats are installed, the foul poles are up and the view of the Florida skyline has drawn rave reviews.

One interesting note is that there will be minimal foul territory, with less than 10 feet between the poles and walls leading to each corner, which means fans will be close to the action. One wonders what effect this will have on park factors and if the park could be hitter friendly.

"That's the only foul territory," said Claude Delorme, executive vice president of ballpark development. "Basically, it's either in play or it's in the seats. Every seat is a really quality seat. … We have more seats in the upper deck of Sun Life than the total capacity of this ballpark."

The response for the new park has been impressive, with more full season tickets being sold for next season than ever in franchise history. President David Samson views this as a good thing "because people are buying the ballpark, not the product."

Color me unconvinced. At some point, fans are going to want to see a winning product and a payroll that doesn't look out of place in the NHL's capped league. (The NHL capped payroll in this just-concluded season at $59.4 million.) As every other team with a new park can tell you, there is an initial bump in attendance in the first year, but that quickly dissipates. The Marlins will have a big fight on their hands to retain their season-ticket holders, and if the present and past is any indication they will lose that fight. (South Florida Sun Sentinel)

: A Pittsburgh radio host declared that if the Pirates reached 34-34, he would wash the entire team's jock straps. The Pirates are now 35-33, so the milestone has been reached. Have fun, John Seibel! (Big League Stew)

: Before every homestand, Willie Bloomquist brings a child from the Phoenix Children's Hospital to a game, and Wednesday night's guest, Abe Spreck, predicted that Bloomquist would hit a home run. He of 14 career blasts in 780 career games. Bloomquist tried to tell Spreck, 14, how impossible it would be, but guess what happened? Yup. (Arizona Republic)

SPEAKING OF... Remember when there was a brouhaha a few days ago about Wrigley Field being a dump? Apparently that may not be too far off as word filters out that the rooftop establishments that allow extra seating for Cubs games are rarely inspected by health officials. Not good, but as one of these rooftop professionals quipped, "I think the only thing the people could get sick from is the way the Cubs play." (These establishments are not owned or operated by the Cubs.) (Chicago Tribune)

FORTUNATE 50: Sports Illustrated reveals its 50 most-paid American athletes for the year, and 17 baseball players landed on the list. The top five are Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia, Joe Mauer, Vernon Wells and Derek Jeter. No surprise that three Yankees are in the top five. (SI.com)

GLORIFIED DH: When Eric Hosmer sat on Thursday, it wasn't Billy Butler who took his place -- it was backup infielder Wilson Betemit. Manager Ned Yost conceded that Butler won't start any games in National League parks, which will reduce him to a pinch-hitter. Remind me again why it's OK to take away one of the team's best weapons, built specifically within the rules of the league, in exchange for having a pitcher walk up to the plate, take three half-hearted swings or lay down a sacrifice bunt that may or may not work? (Kansas City Star)

SLUGGISH SOX: The White Sox aren't performing well, and the Twins' recent run has the spotlight being shined squarely on Chicago as underperformers. Skipper Ozzie Guillen says there aren't any quick fixes to be had, though. (Chicago Tribune)

PITCHERS BAT EIGHTH: Manager Tony LaRussa is a big fan of batting pitchers eighth instead of ninth, although he doesn't do it on a regular basis. Nats manager Jim Riggleman recently made the switch and the team is 5-0 since. (Washington Post)

GUTHRIE HURT: Jeremy Guthrie was unable to come out for the sixth inning of Thursday's game after suffering a back strain. The injury has drawn concern given how Guthrie is so durable and adamant about pushing through adversity. He will undergo an MRI Friday. (Baltimore Sun)

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Posted on: June 15, 2011 10:02 am
Edited on: June 15, 2011 10:53 am

Pepper: Danks discovers cut-fastball

Justin Verlander nearly pitched another no-hitter on Tuesday. NESN.com's Tony Lee joins Scott Braun on Baseball Today.

By Evan Brunell

NEW CUTTER: John Danks is finally on a roll, turning around his 0-7 start by winning his last two games. Danks pitched far better than his record indicated, but couldn't seem to figure things out and cited his cut fastball as one pitch he was struggling with.

"I play with grips a lot," Danks said. "My last game, I finally had a good one and was encouraged. Whenever I'm throwing a good one, I'm throwing it out front. That makes sense. I tend to not get on top of it and get around it, and it doesn't do anything for me. My focus is throwing it out front."

Danks is using a grip taught by batting practice pitcher Kevin Hickey and has also experimented with other grips, including Mark Buehrle's.

"I will continue to work on other grips in case I lose it in a game so I have something to fall back on," Danks said. (Chicago Tribune)

ALL JETER, ALL THE TIME: Nick Swisher, for one, is tired of the Derek Jeter hoopla. Here's his response to a question about Jeter after taking out the Rangers:

"We just played a great game and you ask me that? I don't even know exactly what happened. A strain? Well, obviously, everyone knows what he's going up for, and he's the captain, we're going to miss him a lot, but then again we're trying to pick up where he left off. Gardy did a great job leading off for us tonight. I know he's excited about the opportunity to lead off for a little bit. But definitely when he's ready, we'll be ready for him to come back. He's a great player, definitely an elite, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. The show goes on.''  (ESPN New York)

BEST PLAYER IN THE GAME: How did Jose Bautista come about to be one of the -- if not the -- best players in the game? This fantastic feature explains it all, and no, steroids aren't part of it. (Yahoo! Sports)

BLANK THE GOAT: Cubs players created a stir Monday when they revealed new team shirts that read "F--k the Goat!!!" Predictably, questions arose as to whether the Cubs players are tempting fate.

"I have news for you. When you take the field, nobody is thinking about the goat, whether they're wearing the T-shirt or not," manager Mike Quade said. (Chicago Tribune)

YOUNG MILESTONE: Michael Young is now the Rangers' all-time leader in games played after Monday, passing Rafael Palmiero with 1,574 games. (New York Times)

FASTEST MAN ALIVE: Tony Campana believes he's the fastest man in the league, and manager Mike Quade concurs. Wonder if Michael Bourn might take exception to that. (Chicago Tribune)

HATED: This may come as a surprise, but the Yankees are one of the most hated teams in the game. But has anyone ever wondered who the 10 most hateable Yankees are in Rangers history? Probably not, but now you know. (Dallas News)

CLOSER IN L.A.: It appears as if Javy Guerra is quickly grasping the Dodgers' closer role. The rookie has been getting more and more late-inning, high-leverage outings lately and appears to be de facto closer, even as manager Don Mattingly refused to put a label on Guerra. (MLB.com)

: Darwin Barney strained his right knee and will hit the disabled list for it. The second baseman leads all NL rookies in batting average with a .294 mark. (ESPN Chicago)

KAZMIR NEARING END? Scott Kazmir got raked once again in a minor-league rehab start, leaving him with a 17.02 ERA in 15 2/3 innings over five starts. It's likely that L.A. will now release Kazmir, who has a career 5.31 ERA with the Angels in 35 starts, one of the bigger busts in recent memory. (Los Angeles Times)

SECOND OPINION: Freddy Sanchez will receive a second opinion on his dislocated shoulder in the hopes of avoiding season-ending surgery. Sanchez is hoping to heal the shoulder on his own. (MLB.com)

SANDOVAL BACK: Pablo Sandoval was thrilled after his first game back from injury, saying he feels great and the surgery to repair his right wrist went well. The team, too, seems to be relieved that Sandoval has returned. (San Jose Mercury News)

GRANTED: Cole Hamels is one of the best pitchers on the field, but off the field he runs a charity that grants various amounts of money to Philadelphia schools to help them educate children in the face of budget cuts. (MLB.com)

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Posted on: June 14, 2011 5:56 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 6:39 pm

Derek Jeter hits disabled list

By Evan Brunell

JeterDerek Jeter is hitting the disabled list with a right calf strain, manager Joe Girardi announced Tuesday. The team delayed the announcement until 6 p.m. so Jeter could confer with a doctor as the team was hopeful he could avoid the DL.

After collecting his 2,994th hit on Monday, Jeter pulled up lame with a calf strain in the sixth inning and had to exit the game. The DL stint will be his first since 2003 when he missed six weeks with a shoulder injury after Ken Huckaby slammed into Jeter's shoulder while trying to tag him out. Before that, Jeter had minimum-stay stints on the 15-day DL in 1998, 2000 and 2001.

When Jeter returns, it will be to a .260/.324/.324 line in 293 plate appearances, easily the worst performance of his career. He signed a three-year, $51 million deal in the offseason, so both Jeter and the Yankees will hope the rest does him some good and he comes back strong.

Jeter will be eligible to return June 29 and has a good chance of meeting that timetable, as his injury is thought to only last a week or just over. That date is the second game of a three-game set with the Brewers at home. The Yankees then embark on a six-game road trip. Their first opponent on this road trip will be the Mets, but at least Jeter will get a chance at hit No. 3,000 in the same city, although Yankees fans may not appreciate it coming in the Mets stadium. Cleveland is the next stop, and with all due respect to the city and Indians, it's not a place that's nearly as acceptable as it would be for the Captain to get 3,000 at Wrigley Field (Cubs) or at Great American Ball Park (Reds), where the Yanks are headed Friday.

Taking Jeter's roster spot is infielder Ramiro Pena, who will serve off the bench as Eduardo Nunez fills in at shortstop. Nunez is considered by some in the organization to be Jeter's eventual permanent replacement.

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Posted on: June 14, 2011 3:32 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 4:54 pm

Ramiro Pena at stadium, Jeter to DL?

By Evan Brunell

PenaRamiro Pena is at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, leading some to believe that Jeter would be headed to the DL as a result. While that is still possible, CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler says that Pena is being added to the team regardless -- either Jeter will go on the DL or a pitcher will be demoted. The Yankees want to have as much flexibility as possible for interleague play, and if Jeter stays on the team, New York needs the healthy infielder while Jeter rests his calf.

The Yankees announced they will not decide whether to put Jeter on the DL until 6 p.m., as Jeter is expected to meet with a doctor. The team wants to ensure Jeter really does need to go on the DL instead of getting healthy in just a few days. Knobler adds Jeter is arguing against going on the DL.

Pena, 25, has collected 288 total plate appearances over the last two seasons for the Yankees, contributing a .253/.283/.305 line. Down in Triple-A, he was at .269/.341/.404 and would be the backup infielder upon activation. That would free Eduardo Nunez to be the starting shortstop in Jeter's absence.

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Posted on: June 14, 2011 3:22 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 3:33 pm

Jeter could land on DL; proud of career


By Evan Brunell

In a rare interview, Derek Jeter appeared on ESPN New York before Monday night's game to chat about his chase to hit No. 3,000.

Jeter, who collected a single before leaving Monday's game with a calf strain that could land him on the disabled list, said he's trying to enjoy the chase to 3,000. That chase will likely have to be delayed as Ramiro Pena was spotted Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, which would indicate Jeter going on the DL.

"It’s something that I’m proud of, I’m proud that I’m to this point, but I’ve still got a long ways to go,” Jeter said in a transcript provided by Sports Radio Interviews. “I never take anything for granted. You saw that Bernie Mac movie where they took one of his hits away, and 'Mr. 3000' ended up with 2,999, so you’re never sure until it happens."

Jeter admitted he has thought about getting the 3,000-hit milestone, especially after hit No. 2,000 -- but that it's never been a goal. Rather, the goal is to be consistent.

"It takes a long time; you have to be durable; you have to be consistent," Jeter said. "One stat I don’t think most people hit is the 200-hit plateau; well you have to do that every year for 15 years in order to get to 3,000. This is my 16th year, so I’m happy. You have to be consistent obviously to have an opportunity to do it. It’s something I’m proud of. I’m proud of the fact I’m close, and I hope I can get there soon.”

Jeter also spoke about his team, saying that inconsistency and a plethora of injuries have made it tough for New York to hang in there -- "but I like where we’re at right now. Yeah there’s a lot of room for improvement, but we could be in a whole lot worse shape. I think everyone here is working hard, and with some guys down other guys are going to have to step up. But I like how we’ve been playing."

He also sees a parallel between the Miami Heat, who lost the NBA Finals on Sunday, and the Yankees.

"They became the talk of the NBA. You either love ‘em or hate ‘em, which is very similar to our team," Jeter said. "So that team got a lot of attention, and hey, they had a good year. Like you said before, it’s not easy to win, a lot of things have to go right. If you have a good team with good players, you’re going to have an opportunity to win, but that doesn’t mean you’re just going to go out on the court and beat every team you play.”

Here's guessing Jeter hopes to avoid one more parallel to Miami: losing the 2011 postseason.

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Posted on: June 13, 2011 7:20 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 11:45 pm

Jeter Watch: Leaves game after hit No. 2,994

Derek Jeter

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Derek Jeter has left the Yankees' game against the Indians after flying out in the fifth inning. Jeter seemed to limp as he ran to first and was immediately left the team's dugout to be examined by trainers. He was replaced by Eduardo Nunez in the top of the sixth. The Yankees announced he left the game and has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain, the lowest level of strain. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, "Yeah, I'm worried about it." CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler was at the game and has more from Yankee Stadium here. Jeter led off the bottom of the first Monday with a sharp single to left off Indians starter Carlos Carrasco, giving him a total of 2,994 hits for his career. Jeter needs six more hits to get to 3,000. The team finishes its series against Cleveland tonight before starting a three-game series with the Rangers at Yankee Stadium.

MONDAY: 1 for 3.


ALL-TIME LIST: Jeter will stand at 28th until he ties Roberto Clemente at 3,000.

NEXT UP: Girardi said he doesn't expect Jeter to play on Tuesday against the Rangers. If he does play, Jeter has had more success against Rangers starter Alexi Ogando than most, with two hits in five at-bats plus a walk in just six overall plate appearances against Texas' reliever-turned-starter. Both of Jeter's hits against the right-hander are single, but there's no shame in that, as hitters are slugging just .288 off Ogando and hitting .188. Jeter singled and walked in two plate appearances against Ogando in last year's playoffs and singled in three plate appearances on April 17 of this season.

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Posted on: June 12, 2011 4:35 pm

Jeter Watch: Two more hits

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Derek JeterA middle infielder recorded a nice, round number in Sunday's Indians-Yankees game, but it wasn't Derek Jeter. Instead, Cleveland second baseman Orlando Cabrera recorded his 2,000th career hit in the second inning of the Yankees' 9-1 victory. The ball bounced off Jeter's glove and into left field and it was ruled a single. Cabrera is the 262nd player to record 2,000 hits and is the 17th active player to reach the milestone.

As for Jeter, he had two hits, keeping alive his attempt to record his 3,000th hit at Yankee Stadium. With his two hits, he's at 2,993 in his career and needs seven more to get to 3,000 and has four more games on this homestead. The Yankees play the Indians Monday night and then host the Rangers for three games before going to Chicago to face the Cubs at Wrigley Field for three games.

SUNDAY: Jeter went 2 for 5, with RBI singles in both the fifth inning and the eighth inning.


ALL-TIME LIST: Jeter will stand at 28th until he ties Roberto Clemente at 3,000.

NEXT UP: Jeter has never faced Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco, Carrasco held the Twins to just three hits and no runs in 8 1/3 innings on Tuesday and is 5-3 with a 4.52 ERA this season. Right-handers are hitting .300/.337/.509 off Carrasco this season.

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