Tag:Jeter Watch
Posted on: July 12, 2011 1:56 pm

Giving back Jeter's ball may prove tax liability

By Matt Snyder

And now we present to you, today's version of "no good deed goes unpunished."

Remember Christian Lopez? He was the fan who caught Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit, which was also a home run. He gave the ball back to Jeter without any monetary demands -- and he could have easily made a windfall had he put the ball up for sale. For example, Barry Bonds' 715th home run ball went for over $200,000. But when Yankees president Randy Levine asked what Lopez wanted for the Jeter ball, Lopez replied: "How about a couple signed balls, some jerseys and bats." (New York Times)

That's it. Obviously, Jeter and the Yankees granted Lopez's request. Lopez even told reporters he owed more than $100,000 in student loans, but felt the ball belonged to Jeter. Of course, Lopez is now likely going to have to pay some pretty hefty taxes on the gifts the Yankees have given him.

Via NYTimes online:
The Yankees gave Mr. Lopez four Champions Suite tickets for their remaining home games and any postseason games, along with three bats, three balls and two jerseys, all signed by Jeter. For Sunday’s game the team gave him four front-row Legends seats, which sell for up to $1,358.90 each.
With so many home games remaining at those lofty prices, it is estimated that the value of Lopez's coup could be over $50,000, which means he'd owe $14,000 in taxes. If it is determined the Yankees gave these items as an act of generosity -- instead of an exchange of goods -- Lopez wouldn't owe a dime. So it's up to the IRS.

Who would have thought, when Lopez caught the ball and did the kind thing, he may have incurred a $14,000 tax liability.

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Posted on: July 9, 2011 3:51 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2011 4:09 pm

Will A-Rod be the next to 3,000?

Alex RodriguezBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Derek Jeter was the first player to record his 3,000th hit in a Yankee uniform, but he may have company soon.

Of the active players close to 3,000, his teammate Alex Rodriguez may be the next to reach the mark. Rodriguez has 2,762 career hits, trailing only Jeter (3,002), Ivan Rodriguez (2,842) of the Nationals and Omar Vizquel (2,831) of the White Sox among active players on the all-time hit list.

After Alex Rodriguez, former Yankee and current Ray Johnny Damon (2,663), the Braves' Chipper Jones (2,565) and the Orioles' Vladimir Guerrero (2,513) are the closest to 3,000.

Alex Rodriguez seems to be the best bet to get to 3,000 first, even though he's currently injured. The other two players are older (A-Rod is 35, while Ivan Rodriguez is 39 and Vizquel is 44) and no longer every day players.

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Posted on: July 9, 2011 3:19 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2011 4:14 pm

Fan gives back Jeter's 3,000 hit ball

Derek Jeter

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Christian LopezAs Derek Jeter moved toward 3,000 hits, there were estimates that in the case of a home run for his milestone hit, the ball could be worth as much as $250,000.

Christian Lopez, 23, won't be getting cash when he turned in the ball without asking for anything in return. However, he's not going home empty handed. Lopez will get four suite tickets for every game for the rest of the season, signed bats and balls and front-row seats for tomorrow's game, YES Network reported on their telecast of the game.

"It's amazing," Lopez told the New York Daily News. "I just picked it up off the floor." 

Lopez's girlfriend, Tara Johnson, bought the tickets for Lopez for his birthday. Johnson and Lopez were joined by Lopez's father for the game. 

When Lopez was interviewed on the Yankee scoreboard during the game, he said he didn't want anything in return other than to meet Jeter.

"There's nothing I really want," Lopez said. "I got to see history in the making."

Watch Jeter's 3,000th hit here. 

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Posted on: July 9, 2011 2:49 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2011 3:41 pm

Jeter second to enter 3,000 club with a home run

Derek Jeter

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Derek Jeter became the 28th member of the 3,000 hit club and the fourth-youngest. He also became just the second player in history to hit a home run for his 3,000th hit, joining Wade Boggs.

Watch Jeter's 3,000th hit here. 

While Jeter's never been considered a slugger, the home run was the 237th home run of his career. Boggs' 3,000th hit was his 118th and final home run of his career. Boggs told the St. Petersburg Times that he wasn't surprised that Jeter hit a homer for his 3,000th hit.

"I pretty much expected it," Boggs told the newspaper. "Because he's Derek Jeter."

Boggs added he didn't expect a routine grounder up the middle: "That's not New York style. You've got to do it with flare."

Boggs was Jeter's teammate with the Yankees in 1995 when Jeter recorded his first hit and played with him until 1997. With four hits on Saturday, Jeter stands at 3,002 for his career, eight behind Boggs' mark of 3,010.

It's no surprise that 17 of the 28 members of the 3,000 hit club did it on a single, but Paul Molitor's triple is now even more rare than homers for Jeter and Boggs to reach the milestone. Molitor is the only player in history to triple for his 3,000th hit.

Wade BoggsHome run

Wade Boggs
Derek Jeter

Paul Molitor

Stan Musial
Honus Wagner
Nap Lajoie
Rickey Henderson
Rafael Palmeiro
Al Kaline
Roberto Clemente

Pete Rose
Ty Cobb
Hank Aaron
Tris Speaker
Carl Yastrzemski
Eddie Collins
Willie Mays
Eddie Murray
Cal Ripken Jr.
George Brett
Paul Waner
Robin Yount
Tony Gwynn
Dave Winfield
Craig Biggio
Rod Carew
Lou Brock

It should be noted that nobody is quite sure when Cap Anson got his 3,000th hit because in the 1887 season, walks counted as hits. He also played five seasons in the National Association which is sometimes counted as a "major league," but sometimes it's not. According to MLB.com, Anson has 3,418 hits, while Baseball-Reference.com gives him 3,435 -- both count his time in the National Association and don't count his 1887 walks. The two differ on his total in 1889. Meanwhile, the Hall of Fame doesn't count his time in the National Association, but does count his walks in 1887 for a total of 3,081.

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Posted on: July 9, 2011 2:08 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2011 5:29 pm

Jeter gets hit No. 3,000

Derek Jeter

By Evan Brunell

The Jeter Watch comes to an end as the longtime Yankees shortstop rifled a home run on a full count from David Price into left field for his 3,000th hit, just the second time anyone has ever hit a homer for the milestone that only 27 other players have reached. But Jeter didn't just settle for 3,000, a five-hit day propelled him to 3,003 for his career.

"Hitting a home run was the last thing I was thinking about," Jeter said. "Something I will remember for the rest of my life."

More importantly, his fifth hit was an RBI single to give the Yankees a 5-4 lead in the eighth inning over the Rays. Mariano Rivera, who made his debut with the Yankees in the same year as Jeter, picked up his 22nd save to give the Yankees the victory on what was Jeter's day in every sense of the word.

In the third inning, Jeter fought Price to a full count in the bottom of the third with one out by looking at a fastball low for a ball, then seeing an outside strike on a breaking ball called. Another low fastball for a ball followed before he rifled a breaking pitch foul. Yet again, he passed on a low fastball for a ball then rifled two straight foul balls before driving the next pitch into the bleachers to become the first Yankee ever to reach the coveted milestone. You can see the pitch breakdown in the graphic on the right, courtesy MLB.com's GameDay, with No. 8 signifying the home run.

Watch Jeter's 3,000th hit here. 

Strike zoneOther than Jeter, only Wade Boggs of the Rays has hit a home run for his 3,000th hit, and Jeter is the 11th player to earn all 3,000 with the same club.

 "Congratulations, first of all, to Derek Jeter on joining the 3,000 hit club. It is an exclusive honor, achieved by only a select group, that not many people can call their own. It is a monumental achievement," Boggs said in a statement. "I had the opportunity to play with Derek when he was a rookie in 1996, and I had no doubts that Derek would reach this milestone. He is a very consistent player and he never deviated from his game."

As Jeter headed to first, Casey Kotchman tipped his cap upon rounding first base in a classy gesture. The Rays, who had voted not to play a split double-header today in what some felt was a gambit to avoid Jeter getting 3,000 against the team, applauded on both the field and bench -- including Jeter's former teammate in Johnny Damon -- as the Yankees spent several minutes congratulating Jeter, with Jorge Posada, a longtime close friend, embracing him with a bear hug.

 "It was tremendous," Jeter's father, Charles, told YES. "I can't describe how I was feeling. ... Very emotional for me, very happy for him."

No. 2,999 had come in the first inning, with a groundball single to lead off the game. Prior to Jeter's homer, Brett Gardner just narrowly missed a safe call at first on his own groundout, and Mark Teixeira followed Jeter with a groundball into left field. It is currently tied 1-1, as Tampa Bay's Matt Joyce hit a home run in the second.

Jeter led off the fifth with a double and singled in the sixth before recording his fifth hit in the eighth. It was his third career five-hit game and first since June 21, 2005. He became the second player to have five hits in the same game that he recorded his 3,000th career hit, joining Craig Biggio who had five hits when he joined the club in 2007.

Jeter's milestone hits
Hit Date Details Pitcher
No. 1 May 30, 1995 Single at Mariners Tim Belcher
No. 1,000 September 25, 2000 Single vs. Tigers Steve Sparks
No. 2,000 May 26, 2006 Single vs. Royals Scott Elarton
No. 2,722 September 11, 2009 Single vs. Orioles Chris Tillman
No. 3,000 July 9, 2011 Home run vs. Rays David Price

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Posted on: July 9, 2011 1:30 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2011 2:16 pm

Jeter Watch: One more to go

Derek Jeter

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Derek Jeter may make the hand-wringing over the nixed Yankees-Rays doubleheader unnecessary as he singled in the first inning of Saturday afternoon's game against the Rays, leaving him just one hit shy of 3,000 for his career.

Leading off the bottom of the first, Jeter grounded David Price's 95 mph fastball on a 3-2 count into left for a single and the 2,999th hit of his career.

After Curtis Granderson popped up to shortstop, Mark Teixeira grounded into a double play to end the first inning.

It was Jeter's seventh hit in 26 at-bats against Price in his career, raising his career average against the Rays' left-hander to .269.

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Posted on: July 7, 2011 7:20 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 6:31 am

Jeter Watch: Only two to go ...

By Matt Snyder

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter returned home for a four-game series before the All-Star break, and he only needed three hits to become the 28th player in major-league history with 3,000 hits in his career. Of course, in his first at-bat Thursday, he knocked a double to left-center and is almost there. He concluded the night 1-for-5 as the Yankees lost 5-1.

Eye on Baseball's Evan Brunell has detailed Jeter's history against the Rays' pitching staff, and you can read it by clicking here.

Jeter Watch
Jeter began Wednesday with 2,996 career hits and then doubled to deep right field in his final at-bat, pushing him to 2,997. The knock Thursday was No. 2,998.

We'll be updating a new Jeter Watch blog post after each plate appearance Friday night. Below is the list for Thursday. 

Plate appearance No. 1: Doubled to left-center.

Plate appearance No. 2: Grounded out to third.

Plate appearance No. 3: Grounded out to third.

Plate appearance No. 4: Grounded out to shortstop.

Plate appearance No. 5: Grounded out to third.

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Posted on: July 6, 2011 6:05 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2011 9:45 pm

Jeter Watch: Only three to go

By Matt Snyder

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter resumed his chase for 3,000 hits Wednesday night in Cleveland. Justin Masterson took the hill for the Indians and was dominant through 7 1/3 innings, allowing only two hits. But Jeter got to him with a double over the right fielder's head in the eighth for his 2,997th career hit.

Jeter Watch
Jeter began Wednesday with 2,996 career hits, good for 28th on the all-time list and atop the list of active players. He collected two hits Tuesday night -- an infield single and a double in the gap.

We'll be updating this blog post after each Jeter plate appearance.

Plate appearance No. 1: Struck out swinging.

Plate appearance No. 2: Flew out to deep center, a bit shy of the warning track.

Plate appearance No. 3: Walked.

Plate appearance No. 4: Double to deep right.

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