Tag:Derek Jeter
Posted on: July 12, 2011 3:29 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 3:39 pm

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn speaks on Jeter's 3,000

By Evan Brunell

Tony Gwynn was at Fan Fest on Tuesday, representing Pepsi Max in its promotion to bring baseball legends to a fan's hometown to play a game, and chatted with CBSSports.com about Derek Jeter's chase for 3,000 hits.

As a fellow member of the 3,000-hit club, Gwynn knows all too well the exhausting grind that leads up to 3,000 hits, saying that it's difficult to get over the hump and get that final hit because of all the attention and pressure -- especially since Jeter plays in New York.

Regarding Jeter's absence from the All-Star Game, Gwynn was conflicted about the Captain's choice to both pull himself out of the starting lineup and not attend the festivities. He noted that he completely understood how Jeter would need some time to regroup and prepare for the second half, but felt that you have some responsibility to attend or play the Game if voted in by fans. He also waxed nostalgically about the 1999 All-Star Game, in which he was voted in by fans and was able to meet Ted Williams, calling the atmosphere electric.

Click on to hear Gwynn's thoughts on Jeter, as well as if it's easier to get 3,000 hits as opposed to 300 wins.

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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 12, 2011 12:40 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 2:54 pm

Remembering the 2001 All-Star Game

Rodriguez, Ripken

By Evan Brunell

Arizona is currently in the headlines due to hosting the 2011 All-Star Game, but 10 years ago the state made news due to the Diamondbacks downing the Yankees in a thrilling World Series that will stand as one of the all-time best.

But 2001 also boasted an All-Star Game to remember as Seattle hosted Cal Ripken, Jr.'s 19th and final (and all consecutive) All-Star Game. It should have been 20, but he wasn't elected to the game in his rookie year, when he won the Rookie of the Year Award and finished 30th in MVP voting.

Ripken, who retired after the 2001 season as baseball's Ironman with an impregnable 2,632 consecutive games played, was voted in as the starting third baseman, but moved to his old home of shortstop when starting shortstop Alex Rodriguez "encouraged" (read: physically pushed) Ripken to return to his home for over 14 years.

“At the time, it wasn’t so meaningful because I was mad," Ripken told the Baltimore Sun last week. "I don’t like to be surprised. I was wired, I was on a mike, and I really wanted to tell [Rodriguez], ‘No, get out of here,’ in a different way than I just described it to you.”

Despite Ripken's aversion, the swapping of positions was a great sight to see, with a young superstar standing aside for a legend.

“It was the coolest gesture that anyone can give you,” Ripken added. “When it was all said and done and I hadn’t embarrassed myself out there, it was the coolest gesture ever.”

But Ripken wasn't done showing us what made him such a terror for two decades and what got him elected to the Hall of Fame on his first try by a landslide. After a career in which he redefined the shortstop position and made it a power position with a career line of .276/.340/.447 and two MVP awards, Ripken gave everyone a final goodbye by being named Most Valuable Player after hitting the first pitch he saw in the game from Chan Ho Park in the third inning over the left-field fence, scoring the game's first run and becoming the oldest player to ever homer in the All-Star Game. (See below for video.)

That score held until the fifth inning, when Ivan Rodriguez singled off Mike Hampton, scoring Jason Giambi to push the AL lead to 2-0. That was whittled to 2-1 on Ryan Klesko's sacrifice fly against Mike Stanton, scoring Jeff Kent. Derek Jeter and Magglio Ordonez both delivered back-to-back solo home runs in the bottom of the sixth against Jon Lieber to provide the final score, 4-1.

Ripken's home run was recently named a finalist in MLB.com's Midsummer Classics contest, and is going up against Stan Musial's walkoff home run in the 12th inning of the 1955 game. The winner will be announced during the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

On the eve of the All-Star Game 10 years later, the 2001 game still stands as one of the greatest.

See other All-Star Games to remember: 1941: Ted Williams blasts walkoff homer | 1949: First integrated edition | 1970's Ray Fosse/Pete Rose collision | 1999: Ted Williams steals show | 2002: The Tie

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Posted on: July 11, 2011 7:11 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 7:15 pm

Granderson sees room for improvement

By Matt Snyder

In order to achieve career highs, Yankees centerfielder Curtis Granderson needs only six home runs and nine RBI after the All-Star break. Still, the slugger told CBSSports.com that he doesn't feel like he is totally locked in at the plate. Granderson also defended teammate Derek Jeter for skipping the All-Star festivities, despite some malign from other media members and also discusses how he views the All-Star Game in terms of preparation. Check out the video below.

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Posted on: July 11, 2011 6:44 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 6:50 pm

Victorino says he 'owes' appearance to fans

By C. Trent Rosecrans

PHOENIX -- With a record 83 players making the All-Star roster, there are as many questions about who isn't in Phoenix for Tuesday night's game as there are about who will be on the field.

Phillies center-fielder Shane Victorino won the "Final Vote," and even though he's on the disabled list, he felt the need to show up and tip his cap. He said he understands, however, why some -- like Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez -- chose not to come to the game:

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Posted on: July 11, 2011 4:41 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 4:55 pm

Jeter to miss All-Star Game due to exhaustion

By Evan Brunell
A theme during the press conferences for the All-Star Game that has been going on all day is the absence of Derek Jeter.

Many players and coaches were not biting on saying anything negative about Jeter's absence, and Fox Sports is reporting that he chose not to join the festivities in Phoenix because of "emotional and physical exhaustion" after his quest for 3,000 hits.

It's not easy to inch closer and closer toward a significant milestone when you play for the Yankees, that's for sure. It's hard to blame Jeter, who was playing in virtually every game over the last several weeks minus a brief stint on the disabled list for a calf issue.

“I don’t know if [it’s an] obligation, but it’s one of your duties as a player, out of respect, knowing that there was a guy that really wanted to be on the All-Star team, and his stats were right there, and he would have loved the chance to be here,” Giants closer Brian Wilson said without referring to Jeter specifically when talking about the volume of players that have opted not to attend or play in the game.

“I would say that you would show up, unless you need these three days to recover. You are representing your team, so it would be good to be here.”

A source close to Jeter speculated that if he had reached 3,000 hits earlier, the Yankees captain would have headed to to Phoenix. As it was, however, he would have had to hop a plane the day after reaching the milestone, which he later admitted was weighing on him as he felt pressure to get the hit in Yankee Stadium.

There's really no way for any of us to judge the kind of strain Jeter was under, and given his service to the game both on and off the field, it's difficult to get worked up about Jeter's absence. In his place, plenty of other young, budding stars will get their chance to star and carry the game forward into a new generation.

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Posted on: July 11, 2011 3:07 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 3:22 pm

Braun discusses Brewers second half, Jeter, more

By Matt Snyder

PHOENIX -- One of the most discussed issues for this All-Star Game is that Derek Jeter is not here. He chose not to attend, despite being voted in by the fans, as he looks to heal his calf. He was already off the disabled list and went 5-5 with a home run Saturday, prompting many to question why Jeter isn't here.

Not Ryan Braun.

He feels that Jeter has been an ambassador to baseball for years and that Jeter's first responsibility is to getting healthy and helping his team. Braun himself said he felt and obligation to the fans. He also discussed the goals for the Brewers in the second half, how the game has moved more toward speed than power and his feelings on treating the All-Star Game as a game that matters, given the home-field advantage in the World Series rule.

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Posted on: July 10, 2011 12:37 am
Edited on: July 10, 2011 1:11 pm

3 Up, 3 Down: Ramirez with bookend RBI

By Matt Snyder

Alexei Ramirez, White Sox. The Cuban Missile got the White Sox started and then finished the game off Saturday. In the first inning, Ramirez homered to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead. When he came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, the White Sox were tied 3-3. A loss would have been their 10th straight against the Twins. But instead, Ramirez singled home A.J. Pierzynski to win it.

Torii Hunter, Angels. The veteran right fielder pretty much took care of the Mariners himself in the Angels' 9-3 win Saturday. Hunter clubbed two home runs and drove home five. It helped the Angels stay just one game behind the surging Rangers in the AL West.

Ubaldo Jimenez, Rockies. The Rockies have been one of the bigger first-half disappointments in baseball, as many expected them to compete for both the NL Wild Card and the NL West title. Instead they're sitting a handful of games below .500. One of the reasons has been the underperformance of ace Jimenez. He came into his Saturday start with a 3-8 record, 4.39 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. Maybe his outing against the Nats Saturday will get things going. Jimenez went eight strong, allowing only five hits, one walk, one run and striking out eight. The Rockies have now won two straight after a five-game losing streak.

Special mention: It's not rare to see Jose Bautista hit home runs (anymore), but two Saturday gave him 31 before the All-Star break. What is this, 2001?

Mike Quade, Cubs manager. Quade pulled Ryan Dempster after five innings and 87 pitches. That's not exactly egregious, though it does feel early for a guy who wasn't getting knocked around in a major way. Yet it worked. The Cubs won as the bullpen threw four scoreless innings. But Dempster and Quade got into a pretty decent argument when Quade told his pitcher he was taking him out of the game. Again, if this was a stand-alone issue, it's basically a non-issue. But Quade's Cubs are 17 games under .500, he constantly makes questionable decisions -- take bunting with Marlon Byrd when light-hitting Tony Campana was on deck earlier this week -- and now he's arguing with a player. And Quade's big selling point was supposedly that he's a player's manager. Instead, he appears to be in over his head.

Brewers' bullpen. The Brewers found a way to get to extra innings against the Reds Saturday, but allowing five runs in the 10th inning is pretty tough to overcome, and now the Brewers are back tied with the Cardinals atop the NL Comedy Central. This one was noteworthy because it was the 20th loss this season for the Brewers, tops in all of MLB.

People complaining about Derek Jeter. Sorry, 3,000 hits is a huge milestone. Of all the players who have ever played baseball, only 28 have gotten there. It's a big deal. And it was pretty awesome that he hit a now-rare home run in getting there. If you feel the need to be negative instead of just enjoying the moment, maybe you shouldn't be a baseball fan. The whole reason we watch the game is to enjoy it, so let's enjoy the achievement.

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