Showing posts with label Derek Jeter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Derek Jeter. Show all posts

Monday, February 25, 2008

Clearing Things Up

For those of you who are deeply offended with the recent UPenn study claiming Derek Jeter is the worst shortstop in baseball, yeah, they're probably right. I just came across this article from the Toronto Star, and it goes into the Headline Hall of Fame: Jeter a Lousy Fielder? So Say Eggheads... I actually laughed out loud at that headline. I know that Jeter has made some great defensive plays, but he really does have bad range, according to every fielding metric. Just think, how many times during a typical Yankee game do you hear Micheal Kay say, "Past a diving Jeter!" on a ball not really very far away from him. You can try to argue that he has three gold gloves, but the people who give out gold gloves are stupid. That's it. Plain old stupid. Jeter is still one of the best offensive shortstops in the game, and is also a good base-runner. He was hampered in the field last year by injuries, and 2007 was his worst fielding year ever. He should improve in '08, but will still be below average. Derek Jeter is my favorite player ever, but you have to look at things objectively.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen, May I Have Your Attention Please...

Contrary to previous reports, Bob Sheppard will return to the booth this season as Yankee PA announcer. He is currently recovering from pneumonia, and just signed a two-year extension with the Yankees, taking him through age 99, and will return to the booth roughly two months into the season. This is a relief for all Yankees fans, as Sheppard should be able to do the PA in the new stadium.

As a side note, Derek Jeter said that he would have no problem with a blood testing policy for MLB, saying, "You can test for whatever you want to test for. We get pricked by needles anyway in spring training, so we have a lot of blood work to begin with."

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Waiting For Spring

There are just nine days until pitchers and catchers report, and the Yankees still have a lot of questions to be answered during Spring Training. They still have one bench spot to fill along with three bullpen slots. The bench will likely be filled by Morgan Ensberg, Kevin Mench (assuming we sign him), or Nick Green (remember him?), with Alberto Gonzalez and Brett Gardner also having outside chances. The bullpen is where it gets a little complicated. Presumably, Mariano, The Farns and LaTroy will occupy three slots, with either Moose or IPK as the long man. If Joba starts the year in the 'pen, that complicates things further, but we won't worry about that right now. So, the players competing for the three remaining bullpen slots are: Chris Britton, Jonathan Albaladejo, Brian Bruney, Sean Henn, Kei Igawa, Jeff Karstens, Ross Ohlendorf, Scott Patterson, Edwar Ramirez, Jose Veras, Steven White, Chase Wright, Dan Giese, Heath Phillips, Darell Rasner, Scott Strickland and Billy Traber. Some of those are more likely than others, and guys like Alan Horne, Jeff Marquez, Steven Jackson, JB Cox and Mark Melancon could help mid-season. My Pre-ST predictions (or maybe preferences) are Albaladejo, Britton and Patterson (or maybe Ohlendorf).

In other news, Derek Jeter and the state of New York came to an agreement over their tax dispute.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Knoblauch Swindled by the Feds

The crafty Chuck Knoblauch was tracked down and by the Feds and will give his deposition on Friday. Andy Pettitte is booked for Wednesday also Roger Clemens will be interviewed on Feb. 5.

In other news The Captain held the fifth annual Derek Jeter Celebrity Golf Classic at the Avila Golf & Country Club in Tampa. The golf tournament included 26 foursomes and more than 25 friends and fellow celebrities such as Jorge Posada, Don Zimmer, Tino Martinez, Michael Jordan, Ken Griffey Jr., Morgan Freeman, Greg Anthony, Allan Houston, Annika Sorenstam, and Natalie Gulbis.

D.J. had this to say

"It means a lot to have so many different people come out and give their support," said Jeter, who took ceremonial putts with each foursome as they made their way through the 17th hole. "It's pretty special to have all these celebrities take the time out of their busy schedules to come out here and show that they care."

Thursday, December 20, 2007

More Clemens and Pettitte Non-Stories

Contrary to a previous story in the LA Times, Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte were not named in the Jason Grimsley affidavit. Basically, that's it. Nothing more. Pretty much insignificant. Doesn't change a thing. Pettitte still used HGH a few years ago and there are still doubts about Clemens. The only thing semi-newsworthy is this quote from Clemens.
“When this grossly inaccurate story broke in October 2006, Roger said it was untrue and the Los Angeles Times chose not to believe him. As the record now clearly proves, Roger was telling the truth then, just as he continues to tell the truth today. Roger Clemens did not take steroids, and anybody who says he did had better start looking for a hell of a good lawyer.” (Source: Pete Abraham)

Looks like Clemens will be taking legal action.

In other news, Hank Steinbrenner ran his mouth again. He said that there is still an outside chance that the Yankees Land Johan Santana. Well, there is an outside chance that a lot things happen. Today is a really slow news day, which is why stuff like this is being reported.

Derek Jeter
is a cool guy. He hosted an advanced screening for 500 hundrend NYC school children of the movie "Water Horse: Deep Sea Legend," as part of his Turn 2 Foundation. We pay so much attention to guys who cheat or engage in otherwise bad behavior (like dog-fighting and rain-making and Curt Schilling), and it makes you forget that there are still a few good guys left, like Derek Jeter.

Jeter Defends Roger and Praises Andy

What a guy.

OK first the Andy Quote:

"Andy knows how I feel about him, and he knows how we feel about him as an organization," Jeter said. "It took a lot of courage for him to come out and be honest about it. Hopefully he can move on."
(source: NY Yankees)

That is why Jeter is the captain. He always says the right things and does what is best for the team.

Onto Roger:

Jeter is basically saying that he wants everyone to wait until all the facts are straight before making a decision on the Rocket. He had this to say:

"It seems right now people are rushing to judgment," Jeter said of his pal, whose name headlined the Mitchell Report last week thanks to the testimony of former personal trainer Brian McNamee. "You have to let it play out a little bit before you say he is guilty or not guilty."
(source: The NY Post)

Here's the video version from the Post: