Tag:Derek Jeter
Posted on: August 6, 2010 9:56 am
Edited on: August 6, 2010 11:18 am
 

Jeter: the free agent who isn't free

Derek Jeter
A first-ballot Hall of Fame shortstop will enter free agency this winter, and it's unlikely more than one team will call his agent. Nobody else will even bother.

Derek Jeter is a Yankee, and the team is about as likely to ditch the pinstripes as it is to let Jeter go this winter.

"It's hard for me to imagine him in any other uniform," an American League general manager told the New York Daily News. "You think of guys like Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken, Kirby Puckett -- those guys are a dying breed, but he's one of those guys. I'd be surprised if any team even makes a run at him, and it has nothing to do with his talent."

The question is, how much will the Yankees pony up for Captain Clutch?

Jeter is inevitably compared with Alex Rodriguez. They are the Yankees' yin and yang, the squeaky-clean captain and the guy fans love to hate (the Daily News headline after A-Rod hit his 600th homer: "Congratulations on your tainted milestone"). Rodriguez is under contract for $187 million (plus massive incentives) for the next seven years.

If they really wanted to spark some intrigue, they'd pay him exactly the same as Rodriguez -- but nobody expects a 36-year-old shortstop to draw $31 million, which is A-Rod's base salary for 2011. Jeter is making $21 million this season, and even though he's unlikely to match the production of his previous contract, he's probably not going to take a pay cut. The same factors that make it unthinkable that Jeter would consider leaving make it incumbent on the Yankees to pony up.

"He's always going to be worth far more to the Yankees than he will be anywhere else," the GM said. "You can't quantify what he's worth with a normal equation. Forget what he does on the field -- and he's still an excellent player -- but the business reasons alone are so compelling, it makes too much sense on both sides."

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 4, 2010 2:16 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2010 2:27 pm
 

A-Rod home run ball won't make anyone rich

Alex Rodriguez
How big a villain is Alex Rodriguez? He just snatched a small fortune out of the hands of some innocent bleacher bum.

By selfishly hitting his 600th homer into the netting over Monument Park in center field at Yankee Stadium, the scandalous slugger made sure he, not a fan, would get the specially marked ball. He can't even make history without creating pad PR.

Seatgeek.com recently estimated after discussing the matter with an auction house that the ball would be worth between $100,000 and $150,000 at auction. So if A-Rod had hit the ball into a section of seats he might have sent someone's kids to college. What a bum.

(Note to people with no sense of humor: It's a joke.)

Actually, the best idea I heard for what a fan should do with the No. 600 ball came from a radio show caller: Arrange to trade the ball to A-Rod, have officials bring you down to the tunnel to meet him, and say, "Can you get me an autographed Jeter jersey?"

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Here is a photo of the actual No. 600 ball, provided by Major League Baseball's official authenticator. It looks like ... a baseball.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 22, 2010 8:23 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2010 11:03 pm
 

DeJesus hurt on Jeter's inside-the-parker


David DeJesus The best outfielder on the trade market, the Royals David DeJesus, may be on the shelf.

DeJesus left Thursday night's game against the Yankees with an apparent right wrist injury as he tried to track down a Derek Jeter liner at the wall.

The Royals center fielder made what appeared to be a running, leaping grab of Jeter's liner, but hit the fence and his wrist bent back and the ball dropped out of his glove. Jeter, meanwhile, raced around the bases for an inside-the-park home run. He was replaced by Rick Ankiel, who was activated from the disabled list earlier on Thursday.

The Royals have a $6 million club option for DeJesus for 2011. DeJesus is hitting .318/.384/.443 with five home runs and 37 RBI. DeJesus has been mentioned as a trade target for any team needing an outfielder, including the Yankees, Red Sox, Giants, Braves and Rays.

It was the second inside-the-park homer in Jeter's career. His first, coincidentally, was in Kansas City with current Yankees manager Joe Girardi on base. It came on Aug. 2, 1996, off of Jeff Montgomery.

UPDATE: Possible good news for the Royals -- and other teams -- as YES Network is reporting DeJesus suffered a sprained right thumb and will miss the rest of the series. X-rays taken at the stadium showed no fracture.

UPDATE 2: Much less sunny news from the Kansas City Star 's Bob Dutton, who tweets DeJesus will see a hand specialist on Friday and "might be out a while."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 21, 2010 12:25 pm
 

Strasburg most marketable young player

Stephen Strasburg Tired of the Stephen Strasburg hype? Too bad -- looks like Madison Avenue is preparing to pile on.

A survey of 50 sports business executives and media personalities by Sports Business Daily said the Nationals rookie is by far the most marketable major-league player under 25, named first on 62 percent of ballots. Strasburg was previously named the fourth-most marketable in all of MLB, behind Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols and Joe Mauer.

"He’s got a powerhouse agent [Scott Boras], and he’s got Nike in his camp," one respondent said. "I see all those things as developing him into somebody that can be a machine out there from a marketing perspective."

Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was second in the survey, followed by the Braves' Jason Heyward and the Rays' David Price. Coming in fifth: Bryce Harper, the top draft pick in June who has yet to play a professional game.

Overall, the survey doesn't exactly paint a rosy picture of baseball's future marketability. Of the top five, you've got two guys in the Washington market (big market, but invisible team) and two in the Tampa market, and except for Strasburg your average baseball fan couldn't pick any of them out of a police lineup.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 13, 2010 12:06 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2010 2:02 pm
 

Yankees paid more than Steinbrenner's invesment

George Steinbrenner bought the Yankees for a net price of $8.8 million from CBS in 1973 (it was $10 million, but then sold two parking lots back to CBS for $1.2 million). Here's a list of the 10 Yankees with base salaries more than that for just this season:

Alex Rodriguez $32 million
CC Sabathia $23 million
Derek Jeter $21 million
Mark Teixeira $20 million
A.J. Burnett $16.5 million
Mariano Rivera $15 million
Jorge Posada $13.1 million
Andy Pettitte $11.75 million
Javier Vazquez $11.5 million
Robinson Cano $9 million

Forbes magazine valued the team as worth $1.6 billion in April.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 11, 2010 5:40 pm
 

Yankees remember Sheppard

Bob Sheppard Bob Sheppard's voice was as much a part of the Yankees as pinstripes, and hearing it hum through Yankee Stadium was one of the great constants in the game.

Sheppard last worked in 2007, but word of his passing Sunday at age 99 left a sadness in the Yankees clubhouse. Some reactions, courtesy of the North Jersey Record:

Derek Jeter (who uses Sheppard’s taped introduction before each at-bat): "I grew up a Yankee fan, and he was the voice I always heard. There were a few times, sprinkled in and out, when he wasn’t there, and it didn’t sound right. I had the idea to record his voice and to always use it."

Joe Girardi: "You realize you hit the big lights when Bob Sheppard announces your name. It's amazing when you heard his voice in person, because it was always like from up above. And when he’d come down to talk to you, it was a thrill."

Trainer Gene Monahan: "He was the most polite man I think I've ever met. He’d stop by every once in a while over the course of the season, maybe four or five times, and call me over and very politely ask, 'May I have…a few…lozenges?' That’s the only thing he ever asked us for."

On a personal note, I'll never forget an exchange I had with Sheppard.

He was like J.D. Salinger. You never saw him, only heard him. One afternoon, hours before a game, I was doing some work in a nearly empty Yankee Stadium press box. I felt fingertips touch my shoulder and heard, "Excuse me." I immediately got a chill -- those two words were enough to know who was standing behind me.

He wanted to know how to pronounce Yuniesky Betancourt. He practiced it a couple of times, said thank you, and disappeared back into his booth.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 3, 2010 12:23 am
Edited on: July 3, 2010 2:38 am
 

Andrus, Wells, Rios snubbed in All-Star voting

Elvis Andrus All-Star voting was halted Thursday night, with the most recent vote totals being released Monday and Tuesday. The final results will come out on Sunday, and some of the results will certainly be different than the most recent vote tallies.

However, the latest vote tallies are a great indicator of whom will get the All-Star nod, who will be snubbed and who doesn't belong on the list at all.

Let's take a look at the last-known vote totals for the AL and NL and see what jumps out, with the AL in this article and the NL up next...

In the AL, Mark Teixeira is somehow second in first base voting with 1.86 million votes. Justin Morneau leads with 2.1 million, so the chance is there for Tex to pull it out. However, he has gotten 2010 off to a very slow start and the two players behind Teixeira have had much, much better seasons: Miguel Cabrera and Kevin Youkilis. Simply put: Tex's .234/.345/.413 line prior to Friday play does not even sniff Morneau, Cabrera or Youkilis and he shouldn't be named to the team, let alone start.

Robinson Cano, Evan Longoria and Joe Mauer lead 3B, 2B and C candidates, respectively, by a wide margin -- no complaints there. (But what's with Adrian Beltre fourth with just over 600,000 votes?) Shortstop has Derek Jeter leading Elvis Andrus (pictured) by almost two million votes. Jeter is certainly a deserving All-Star especially with a weak shortstop crop, but Andrus should have gotten more respect.

Jeter: .283/.343/.410, 8 stolen bases, 3 caught stealing, 361 plate appearances, 51 runs, 39 RBI, -1.7 UZR/150 , 2 +/-
Andrus: .292/.374/.332, 22 SB, 9 CS, 344 PA, 55 R, 24 RBI, 5.7 UZR/150, 8 +/-

To recap: Andrus kills Jeter on defense and stolen bases. Their batting averages are similar, but Andrus gets on base a lot more. Jeter has more pop, but is that really enough to beat out Andrus?

The DH has Vladimir Guerrero over a million ahead of second-place DH Hideki Matsui. Vlad leading the DH candidates isn't a shocker, as he's been on fire all year long and deserves the nod. But Matsui over David Ortiz, who hasn't even cracked a million votes? Ortiz has been one of the better power hitters in the game since putting his terrible slump to bed. Blame the Red Sox fans for not coming out in force for this one.

In the outfield, it's tight with Ichiro Suzuki and Josh Hamilton each with 1.9 million votes, but Carl Crawford and Nelson Cruz are nipping on their heels. Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner -- the entire Yankees outfield mind you -- follow in the 5-6-7 spots. Granderson shouldn't even be in the top 10 and Gardner is a reach, but they are there because they play for the Yankees. Torii Hunter, Magglio Ordonez and B.J. Upton round out the top 10 with Vernon Wells a curious 11. And somehow, Alex Rios isn't even in the top 15 despite being one of the best all-around outfielders in the league. The same goes for Shin Soo-Choo.

My personal ballot would mark off Choo, Wells and Suzuki as the starters with Nick Markakis representing the Orioles. I could easily be talked out of Markakis -- he's simply on my ballot as the Orioles representative. But to not have Choo, Wells and Rios at or near the top of the voting leaderboard confirms that this is all just a popularity test. But you already knew that.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 28, 2010 3:28 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2010 4:58 pm
 

Mauer winning baseball's popularity contest

Joe Mauer In the final American League All-Star Game voting updates before Sunday's announcement of teams, Justin Morneau and Carl Crawford are hanging on for their spots in the homecoming court, while Joe Mauer continues to be the prettiest girl in the school, but is still like totally down-to-earth and cool, you know?

The chess club still has until Thursday to find a way to hack intuit he online voting system and make Yuniesky Betancourt the queen, but then when the Royals shortstop shows up to the dance, he'll take off his glasses, shake out his hair and everyone will discover the beautiful swan he was underneath a career 82 OPS+.

Anyway, Mark Teixeira is making a run at Morneau at first base, with Miguel Cabrera tight on his heels. Robinson Cano seems to have second locked up, as do Evan Longoria and Derek Jeter at third base and shortstop, respectively. Mauer is pounding Jorge Posada at catcher and Vladimir Guerrero has a comfortable lead at DH over Hideki Matsui. Really.

Ichiro Suzuki, Josh Hamilton and Crawford are the top three vote-getters in the outfield, as Crawford jumped in front of the Rangers Nelson Cruz in voting, despite his sore shoulder, for the final outfield spot.

Complete -- or at least a semi-complete -- leaderboard for the July 13 game in Anaheim is up at MLB.com .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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