Tag:Derek Jeter
Posted on: September 6, 2011 2:37 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2011 2:38 pm

Jeter is different player since 3,000th hit

JeterBy Evan Brunell

Since getting his 3,000th hit on July 9, Derek Jeter has been a different man. Skipper Joe Girardi believes that isn't an accident.

"I've said all along, I don't think I realized the pressure he was under to get those 3,000 hits," Girardi said to MLB.com. "Everything in his career, he's always handled with such grace and been able to relax in the big moment. But since he's gotten past [3,000], he's been a different player."

Jeter has hit .354/.404/.477, including his 5-for 5 day that netted hit No. 3,000 after slogging through a down 2010 season and kicking off 2011 with a pedestrian .257/.321/.329 figure. Clearly, though, he's rediscovered his power and has been able to see more balls fall in for hits. While his overall line of .297/.354/.389 pales in comparison to previous numbers, it's still an highly-encouraging bounce-back season for the shortstop, who has two years remaining on his deal.

Jeter said on Sunday that he is staying back at the plate more, which he attributes to his resurgence. I'm sure that's true, but you can't overlook finally getting hit No. 3,000 as another reason why. After the milestone, Jeter admitted that it had been weighing on him more than expected.

Is Jeter as good as his line indicates since July 9? No. Sorry to break it to you, but that Jeter is dead and buried at age 38, just like Jeter wasn't as bad as his line up to July 9 indicated. After all, if the 3,000th hit was to blame for Jeter's struggles, how do you explain 2009? No, let's not turn a hot streak into a sentimental story.

But Jeter can still contribute value with the bat, even at the tender age of 37. No one knows what the next two years will bring, but odds are that Jeter will be able to hold down a starting spot without too much difficulty, even if he isn't the offensive force he once was. But he doesn't need to be.

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Posted on: September 5, 2011 12:17 am

3 Up, 3 Down: Bloomquist kills Giants' hopes

Willie Bloomquist

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Willie Bloomquist, Diamondbacks: Bloomquist's two-run triple in the eighth inning may have been the final nail in the defending champions' 2011 coffin. Ryan Vogelsong held the Diamondbacks scoreless into the eighth inning before Ryan Roberts homered and then after Gerardo Parra singled and Geoff Blum walked, Bloomquist fired Ramon Ramirez's first pitch into the corner in right, scoring the eventual winning runs. With the 4-1 victory, Arizona leaves San Francisco up seven games in the division with 22 games remaining for each team.

Shaun Marcum, Brewers: Marcum again showed why the Brewers could be a team to be reckoned with in the postseason. Although Zack Greinke was the team's most high-profile pickup in the offseason, Marcum's been just as good, if not better. Marcum, acquired in a trade with the Blue Jays, improved to 12-5 with a 3.11 ERA after allowing just one hit and a walk in seven innings in a 4-0 victory over the Astros. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning when Jordan Schafer singled up the middle with one out. No Astro made it to second base until the eighth when Francisco Rodriguez walked J.B. Shuck and then a single to Jason Bourgeois. However, Rodriguez recovered to retire the next two batters he faced to quell the scare. With the win and the Cardinals' loss to the Reds, Milwaukee now leads the NL Central by 9 1/2 games.

Derek Jeter, Yankees: Many of us said Jeter was too old and should just be sent out back and shot (or, you know, out to stud or whatever Derek Jeter will do after he's done with baseball), but those of us who said that (with me raising my hand right here) were wrong. The Captain didn't just go 2 for 5, tying a career-high five RBI in Sunday's 9-3 rout of Toronto, but since the All-Star break he's hitting .343/.397/.448. The one thing he hasn't done much of in that span is hit homers, but he had his second of the second half on Sunday and first since July 25. However, on a team with Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson, the Yankees don't need Jeter to hit homers, just be on base when the others do.

John Lackey, Red Sox: A favorite whipping boy of Red Sox fans, Lackey looked as if he were getting it together -- going five straight starts without giving up more than four earned runs (baby steps, people, baby steps). That streak ended on Sunday. Lackey allowed six runs on eight hits in five-plus innings of work. He didn't retire a batter in the Rangers' seven-run sixth inning, leaving after allowing three straight singles, threw a wild pitch and then walked a batter before being lifted. Lefty Felix Doubront gave up Lackey's final three runs and then three of his own in a 11-4 Rangers victory.

Mark Reynolds, Orioles: The Orioles third baseman committed two errors in the Orioles' 8-1 loss to the Rays, taking over the lead in the majors for errors, leapfrogging shortstops Elvis Andrus of the Rangers and Starlin Castro of the Cubs, who both have 25 errors. Reynolds hadn't started a game at third base since Aug. 14, but was moved back to third on Sunday to give Robert Andino a day off. Reynolds booted a two-out grounder with bases loaded in the third inning and led to four unearned runs in the inning. Reynolds' fielding percentage is down to .897 at third base. He's dead last in pretty much any fielding stat you want to name, UZR, UZR/150 and fielding percentage among them -- and it's not really close. Among qualified third basemen, none have a fielding percentage less than .940.

David Herndon, Phillies: His 2-1 pitch to Mike Cameron with bases loaded in the bottom of the 14th was close -- but his 3-1 pitch wasn't, as Herndon walked in Emilio Bonifacio to give Florida a 5-4 victory. Herndon loaded the bases in the 13th inning, but got out of it. He couldn't repeat the feat in the 14th, despite not allowing a ball out of the infield. In 3 2/3 innings, he walked seven batters -- so really blaming one call on one pitch doesn't carry much weight.

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Posted on: August 29, 2011 10:01 am
Edited on: August 29, 2011 10:21 am

Jeter, A-Rod banged up

By Matt Snyder

The left side of the Yankees infield went down after the first game of a doubleheader Sunday in Baltimore. Shortstop Derek Jeter fouled a ball off his right knee in the third inning and stayed in the game, but it swelled up in between games, causing him to miss the second. Third baseman Alex Rodriguez had some lingering soreness from a jammed thumb that had bothered him for the entire previous week. Both players are listed as day to day and are likely to miss Monday's series finale in Baltimore.

“It’s been bothering him,” Yankee Manager Joe Girardi said of Rodriguez’s thumb (NYTimes.com), “but today it got pretty sore, a lot more sore than it’s necessarily been the last few days. So it’s something we’ve got to get right.”

Jeter had X-Rays between games, which were negative, but was unable to walk without limping.

“We iced it in between games and it swelled up and became a challenge,” Jeter said (NYTimes.com).

Expect to see Eduardo Nunez at shortstop and Eric Chavez at third base as long as both Jeter and A-Rod are sidelined. Jeter's injury seems less likely to linger, considering it's a bruise, but he'll certainly need the swelling to subside in order to play. Still, neither of these injuries are serious.

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Posted on: August 28, 2011 2:31 pm

Jeter passes Mantle, sets another Yankees mark

By Matt Snyder

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter already had the club record for hits, and now he's played in more games than anyone else in the history of the storied franchise. When Jeter stepped into the batter's box Sunday against the Orioles, it officially became his 2,402 regular-season game played with the Yankees, passing Mickey Mantle for first in the club's record book.

Jeter now has more games, at-bats, plate appearances, hits, steals and hit-by-pitches than any other player in Yankees history. He ranks fifth in batting average (.313), third in runs scored (behind Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig), second in doubles (behind Gehrig) and eighth in RBI as a Yankee. He's 46 doubles behind Gehrig and 105 runs off the lead there, so he could very well nail those down within the next two seasons.

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Posted on: August 26, 2011 8:40 am

Alert! Minka Kelly's back on the market

By Matt Snyder

Forget actual baseball action, there's some news on this fine Friday morning that's much more important -- notably to single (straight) men everywhere: Minka Kelly is now single again.

Kelly and Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter have split, but -- oh thank the lord -- are still friends, according to People.com. The two are seen above back in apparently happier times.

Kelly, 31, played the immortal Lyla Garrity in the severely underviewed "Friday Night Lights" TV series and she's also starring in the upcoming TV series "Charlie's Angels." She had been with Jeter for about three years and two seemed to be pretty happy together. Kelly was even featured in several interviews in the HBO special about Jeter's 3000th hit.

Anyway, single guys, I wanna see some delusion here. Even if there's only a one in a million chance -- cite "Dumb and Dumber" -- you should be saying this right now: "So you're telling me there's a chance ... "

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Posted on: August 8, 2011 8:38 am

Pepper: McKeon supports replay

By Matt Snyder

The instant replay debate in baseball will likely never go away, so long as umpires continue to miss close calls (which is inevitable) and it's not expanded as much as it is in, say, football (which it never will be). While fans of all ages differ on the subject, one thing I think is generally true is that people against expanding replay are older and people for expanding replay are younger. There are obvious outliers, but the age divide makes sense.

Then again, baseball's oldest manager since Connie Mack -- who was born during the Civil War and was managing in 1950, by the way -- wants to expand it. Marlins' skipper Jack McKeon, 80, actually believes Major League Baseball should use instant replay more often. The trigger point was an umpire ruling Saturday night that a Mike Stanton catch was actually not a catch -- replays were pretty definitive that Stanton made the catch. Albert Pujols followed with a two-run home run and the Cardinals ended up winning 2-1.

"We all thought he caught it. Like I told the umpires, 'You've got four guys out here and four guys can't see it.' Maybe that's another reason why we should have instant replay," McKeon said (MLB.com). "No question it's the difference in the ballgame. You're not going to criticize the umpires, because it's a tough job, but on the other hand, we've got to get these calls right."

I agree 100 percent. I just don't understand why there's technology available and baseball refuses to use it to improve the game.

Heat sidelines umpire: Home-plate umpire Paul Nauert was unable to finish the Cubs-Reds game Sunday, as the heat knocked him out after 7 1/2 innings (MLB.com). I'm not sure what the answer is, but in these dog-days-of-summer day games, the ump with all the gear on behind the plate is the one who never gets a break. The catchers each get a chance to recharge their batteries in the dugout every half-inning. Meanwhile, the umpires just get a quick break between half-innings. Let's hope it doesn't take a death before we find some way to better protect the guy behind the dish.

Course reversal: A few days ago, the Angels announced they were going to honor Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter when the Yankees visited Anaheim later this season. Apparently, enough complaints arrived to change the minds of Angels' brass, because now they're saying there are "no plans" to honor Jeter. (OC Register)

Leyland responds to complaint: Jim Leyland received what he described as a "brutal" letter from a fan. So he reached out to the fan and had a good conversation, which even culminated with the fan and his family receiving tickets to a game from Leyland. It's a credit to what a good guy Leyland is, but the story is actually quite aggravating when you go deeper into it. The fan's complaints were that his kid didn't get to meet any players or run the bases, due to the circumstances of the day. In fairness, the fan did say he was "embarrassed" to accept the tickets from Leyland because he was rewarded for bad behavior. Yep. So, basically, the letter was exactly the type of thing he should be teaching his son to avoid doing, and he was rewarded for it. (Big League Stew)

Boras impact: Is Scott Boras the key to the Royals' possibly bright future? The super-agent is still negotiating for his client -- first-round draft pick Bubba Starling -- to sign with the Royals and holds a lot of other power with the Royals, and every team in the bigs for that matter. Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star has a long, detailed look at Boras. It's a highly-recommended read.

Memorable first homer: Well, more memorable than usual. A major-leaguer's first home run is always likely one of his fondest memories when he reflects back on his career. Trayvon Robinson of the Mariners, however, had one he certainly won't be forgetting any time soon ... because he stopped at second base. Robinson said he thought the ball bounced over the fence. He's likely to be subject to playful mockery from teammates for much of the near future for a gaffe like that, but it could obviously have been much worse. He still hit a home run. (MLB.com)

Zito's rehab start: Injured Giants starter Barry Zito will take his first rehab start Monday afternoon in San Jose and is expected to throw four or five innings (MLB.com). Take your time, Barry. It's doubtful the Giants will have an open rotation spot when you get back.

He's strong: Mark Reynolds might be a butcher with the glove and strikeout a ton, but, man, does he have power. Sunday, he uncorked the sixth-longest home run in the history of Camden Yards -- 450 feet. Darryl Strawberry hit one 465 feet in 1998 to top the list. (School of Roch)

Moneybags, meet Uber-Moneybags: It's no secret most big-league baseball players are pretty rich. Sunday, the Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz met a man who wipes the sweat off his brow with what they make. Carlos Slim was in the Red Sox locker room before their game. Slim is the richest man in the world, as he's worth a reported $64 billion. Yes, 64 billion dollars. (Boston.com)

It's just one baseball: A foul ball went into a trash can at Tropicana Field Saturday night, but that didn't stop a pair of fans for sifting through the trash to find it. While I think it would be cool to catch a ball at a game, I just don't understand the lengths people go to get one. I mean, watch the video on MLB.com. Two dudes dive in head first and even get into a minor fight. Really, guys? Really? (Big League Stew)

Happy Anniversary: On this day 23 years ago, Wrigley Field finally caught up with the rest of baseball and played a night game. It's pretty easy to remember, being 8/8/88 and all. Still worth a mention.

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Posted on: August 7, 2011 3:34 pm

Ex-Yankees batboy writes tell-all book

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Former Yankees batboy Luis Castillo was the last of the team's batboys to not have to sign a confidentiality agreement, so he's spilling the beans in a new memoir, Clubhouse Confidential.

The New York Post has some of the highlights from the book:

Alex Rodriguez was "high-maintenance": "A-Rod irritated the other players because he was so high-maintenance. He required his personal assistant to position his toothbrush on a certain part of the sink, specifically the edge near the right-hand cold water tap, leaning with bristles up over the basin. The first time he ordered me to do this, I couldn't believe my ears when he said, 'And put some toothpaste on it.'"

A-Rod brags about his homers: "A-Rod was different in another, childish way that made players laugh behind his back. When you watch games at home you sometimes see players come into the dugout after they hit a home run. If you've ever wondered what they're saying, it's usually things like 'Way to go!' or 'Good job!' Not A-Rod. After he hits a home run, he comes into the dugout and brags about it. Usually he's speaking Spanish to one of the other Latino players, and if he hit a home run he wouldn't shut up. 'Wow, did you see I hit a home run?' he'd say. 'That pitcher threw me a ball right over the plate and I smashed it over the fence. Did you ever see anything like that before?'"

Jeter had a mildly profane greeting for all the clubbies: "But this greeting wasn't meant to annoy anyone; on the contrary, it was intended to be a funny way to start our workday together. There's no question in my mind that Jeter's easygoing personality traits -- the way he joked, teased and bonded with players -- were something extra, almost in contrast to the aggressive fielding that fans had come to expect."

Hideki Matsui had a rather different rally cry before Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS loss to the Red Sox: "at the end of the meeting it was traditional for Joe Torre to ask Jorge Posada what we were going to do. He would reply, "Grind it!" This time -- I guess to make Hideki Matsui feel more part of the team -- Torre turned to him at the end of the meeting. 'What are we going to do?' Hideki paused for just a second before replying. 'Kick ass. Pop champagne. And get some ho's.'

Castillo also has more on how Jeter picked up women, a then-married A-Rod had several ladies on the side and Joe Torre's penchant for the ponies.

The code of baseball frowns upon airing dirty laundry in public, but if you can get one-on-one with a clubhouse attendant -- or clubbie in baseball parlance -- you'll hear some of the best stories about baseball you'll ever hope to hear. Castillo will never work in baseball again, but I'm sure he'll get some cash out of his book, which comes out Aug. 16. I've got to admit, I'm looking forward to it and will certainly read it, even though it's not exactly a revelation that Jeter's good with the ladies, A-Rod's kind of a jerk and Matsui is amusing.

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Posted on: July 31, 2011 2:53 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2011 10:19 pm

Jeter day to day with bruised finger

Derek JeterBy C. Trent Rosecrans and Evan Brunell

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fourth inning of the team's game against Baltimore, an inning after he was hit in the right hand by a pitch from Orioles starter Jake Arrieta.

X-rays were negative, the team announced and he is day to day with a bruised middle finger.

"I'm not expecting it to be a week," manager Joe Girardi said, according to the Associated Press. "Could it be a day, or two? I think it could be."

Jeter was examined by Girardi and the team's trainer and stayed in the game for the top of the fourth, but was then lifted for pinch hitter Francisco Cervelli when his spot came up in the fourth.

Cervelli stayed in the game at second base, while Eduardo Nunez replaced Jeter at shortstop. New York eventually won the game, 4-2.

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