Thoughts on Jeter retiring

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Derek Sanderson Jeter announced on Wednesday that 2014 would be his final year in pinstripes. This was not entirely a surprise given his wreck of a 2013 season and the fact that Father Time halts for no one. Even coming off a season, as a Yanks fan, which disappointed on the field, but provided an incredible chance to say farewell to two of our favorites, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, we shouldn’t have been surprised to learn of Jeter’s decision.

Yet, when confronted with the stark, black-and-white reality of his announcement, I was stunned. Still am.

I’ve been contemplating this posting for quite some time now, actually, trying to figure out how to eulogize his career, even if he’s got one season left. A few thoughts came to mind, so since I so rarely get to sit and craft a baseball-related sentence these days, I’ll give it a shot at summarizing a few of them. I’m quite sure, too, that more thoughts and stories and whatnot will come from myself and the team here over the course of the year and I welcome all of you to add in yours whenever you feel compelled.…

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UPDATED: Pettitte finalizes deal to pitch in 2013

According to reports on Twitter from various writers including Buster Olney and Ken Davidoff, Andy Pettitte and the Yankees have agreed to a one-year $12M deal plus award bonuses for 2013.

Pettitte came back to pitch in 2012 after retiring prior to the 2011 season. Pettitte posted a 5-4 with a 2.87 in an abbreviated season which was interrupted by a broken ankle suffered at the end of June. He was able to return to the rotation in September and pitch in the playoffs.

Updated: In order to make room for Pettitte on the 40-man, the Yankees designated Eli Whiteside for assignment. …

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No runs in six, Pettitte wins, 6-3

All things considered, Liam Hendriks did not pitch that bad of a game for the Twins until the seventh inning. His manager, Ron Gardenhire, probably exposed Hendriks for one inning too many. After six innings, he had allowed four runs on six hits with four strikeouts and only one walk.  Three of the runs were allowed in the top of the first. In that inning, Hendriks allowed a walk to Derek Jeter to start the game. Ichiro Suzuki hit a ball off the wall in right for a double and Jeter went to third. Jeter then scored on a Robinson Cano ground out. The big blow, however, was when Nick Swisher hit a booming homer to right-center that banged off the facing up the upper deck out there.

Hendriks later served up Curtis Granderson‘s fortieth homer of the season–a solo job–in the fourth that was hit even deeper than Swisher’s bomb. Granderson’s back-to-back forty-homer seasons are the first time that has happened for the Yankees since Jason Giambi did it in 2002 and 2003.…

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Two years ago with Pettitte

The Orioles of 2010 were not a good team. Not like today. But they had a decent offense. Brian Roberts was playing well. Luke Scott was having a career year. Matt Wieters was developing into a major league catcher and hitter and Nick Markakis and Adam Jones were good young players. Plus, Buck Showalter had taken over and the Orioles were playing good baseball and ESPN was calling the team the “Flying Showalters.” All but Scott were in the starting lineup against Andy Pettitte two years ago. Like today, no one knew what to expect from Pettitte coming back after being out since July 18, 2010. Pettitte had a brilliant first half and even made the All Star team that season with an 11-2 mark. So his injury really hurt…just like it did this season.

The first inning got off to a bumpy start. Pettitte was staked to a 1-0 lead as the Orioles’ starter, Chris Tillman was very wild that day.…

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Pettitte, Yanks, blank Rays 7-0

The Yankees jumped all over James Shields and the Rays early and often tonight, aided in part by more shoddy defensive play by the Rays. The Yankees loaded the bases with one out against Shields in the very first inning, only to see Mark Teixeira give the Rays’ righty a lifeboat with the most predictable strikeout ever for the second out. Raul Ibanez then hit into a routine grounder to shortstop but, as Yankeedom threatened to explode early tonight at the prospect of even more RISPfail, Elliot Johnson botched the throw to first base, and the Yankees managed to plate two runs on the error. The next time the Yankees loaded the bases would not be nearly as maddening, as Russell Martin drilled an 0-2 fastball into the right-centerfield stands for a grand slam home run to give the Yankees a 6-0 lead. Nick Swisher would add a double with runners on first and third in the fifth to bring in the Yankees’ seventh and final run of the night.…

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