Yankeemetrics: Jeter farewell edition

Derek Jeter's career is unmatched in baseball history.

Derek Jeter’s career is unmatched in baseball history.

As Derek Jeter‘s incredible career comes to an end, let’s celebrate the amazing accomplishments of the soon-to-be Hall of Famer with a list of my 10 favorite stats from Jeter’s 20 seasons with the New York Yankees. Special thanks to the Baseball-Reference.com Play Index and the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia for many of these notes.

1. Jeter is the only player in major-league baseball history with at least 3,000 hits, 350 stolen bases, 250 homers and 1,300 RBI. Nada, no one else has done it.

2. Jeter and Hank Aaron are the only two players in MLB history with 16-or-more seasons of at least 150 hits, 20 doubles and 10 homers.

3. Arguably Jeter’s most iconic hit was his 3,000th, a home run off David Price on July 9, 2011. The only other player to reach the 3,000-hit milestone with a homer was Wade Boggs on August 7, 1999.

4. He is one of two players all-time with at least 3,500 hits for one franchise and none with any other team, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.…

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Game 156 Recap: Yankees 5 Orioles 0

Pineda vs BAL

Courtesy of the AP

Michael Pineda.  That’s all you really need to know about last night’s game because that’s all the Yankees needed to win it.  JV lineup aside, Pineda was positively filthy last night and shut the Baltimore hitters down to lead his team to a 1-hit shutout victory.

It didn’t take long for Pineda to dial it in.  He retired the first 13 Orioles he faced into the 5th inning  and never had a runner reach second base through 7.  He had 1 strikeout in every inning from the second to the 5th and 2 each in the 6th and 7th to give him 8 on the night.  All 8 of then were swinging.  Pineda had everything working: a fastball with late life, a cutter with great movement and location, a slider with biting late action, and even some good changeups.  This was the dream the Yankees had in mind when they made the trade and it was a reality last night.  …

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Game 156: Chen v. Pineda

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Quick Hit: Why No Pirela?

Last Wednesday, I wrapped up my Jose Pirela player profile post with this take:

“Pirela can play all the same positions the Yankees were rotating Prado through and he offers a similar offensive profile. Because of the lack of output coming from guys like Stephen Drew and Brendan Ryan up the middle and the injury problems in the outfield, Pirela figures to see some significant game action over the next dozen games. At least I think he does. He’s due to become a MiL free agent after this season, so it behooves the Yankees to get a look at him for 40-man roster protection purposes.”

As Martin Prado‘s roster replacement, it only made sense that Pirela would see some game time in the final 2 weeks of the season and that the Yankees would want to give him that time.  5 games and going on 5 days later, however, his ESPN player profile still looks like this:

Pirela Profile

I don’t get it.  …

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VMart and Donnie Baseball

(Syndicated from The Flagrant Fan)

Victor Martinez is having a remarkable offensive season. And it isn’t just the 31 homers and 31 doubles and the .333 batting average. What is remarkable is that in the inglorious age of the strikeout, Martinez has only struck out 40 times all season. He is on pace to finish with 43 strikeouts. When considering that remarkable number, it made me curious as to how many times since 1961 someone has hit over 30 homers with less than 45 strikeouts. So I went to my trusty baseball-reference.com and checked it out.

First of all, why did I only go back to 1961? Good question. The answer is that 1961 was right around the first time when the strikeout rate averaged five strikeouts per team per game (1959 to be exact). And even going that far back is problematic. The average strikeout rate in 1961 was 13.2% compared to it being 20.3% this season. If you go back further than 1961, then a low strikeout rate with a lot of homers just wasn’t that remarkable.…

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Jeter Providing One Last Memory With Late-Season Surge

Jeter vs TOR 9-20

Courtesy of Getty Images

Things were looking bleak for Derek Jeter heading into his final homestand at Yankee Stadium.  He was in an 0-28 slump, his season OPS had dropped below .600, and his team had slowly and sadly withered and fallen off the postseason race radar.  It seemed like there was going to be an almost pitiful feeling to Jeter’s last 6 home games; a team trying to pump meaning and energy into a situation that had none, a player trying to not go out in underwhelming fashion, and a fanbase just trying to be polite and pay respect to the memory of the better times for the player they loved.

Then Jeter picked up a hit in the final game of the last road trip, breaking the hitless streak and giving himself a little momentum heading back home.  Then he hit a deep home run on Thursday night in the first game of the homestand and finished with a 2-hit game.  …

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Yankeemetrics: Sept. 18-21 (Blue Jays)

Derek Jeter is on fire in his last homestand. (Photo: NY Times)

Derek Jeter is on fire in his last homestand. (Photo: NY Times)

Chasing the hero
The Yankees started Derek Jeter‘s final homestand with a dramatic walk-off win against the Blue Jays on Thursday night.

In the bottom of the ninth inning with the scored knotted at 2-2, Chase Headley hit a groundball to Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind, who let it go through his legs, allowing Antoan Richardson to score the winning run from third base.

If you remember, the Yankees also lost a game via a walk-off error in Toronto on June 24. Hmmm… This is the first time in at least the last 75 years that the Yankees lost via walk-off error and won via walk-off error against the same team in a season.

Shane Greene held the Blue Jays without a run into the seventh inning, the second time he’s had a scoreless start at home this year. He is the first Yankee rookie with at least two scoreless starts at Yankee Stadium in a season since Orlando Hernandez in 1998.…

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Game 155 Recap: Yankees 5 Jays 2

Tanaka vs TOR

Great hair. Courtesy of Getty Images

A win this afternoon would have been nice.  It would have given the Yankees a 3-1 series victory in the 4-game weekend set against their division rival.  But in the grand scheme of things it didn’t matter.  What mattered was getting a look at Masahiro Tanaka and seeing how he pitched and how his elbow held up after over 2 months on the DL.  It was an abridged version of a typical Tanaka start, but it was enough to give a little hope at the end of a long, hopeless season.

It didn’t start out great.  The first 2 Jays hitters singled to start the game, and 1 run scored on an Edwin Encarnacion GIDP.  That got Tanaka back on track quickly and he struck out Dioner Navarro on 3 pitches to end the inning.  He gave up only 1 more hit in the next 4 innings and was mixing pitches well to get easy outs.  …

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Game 155: Sunday Bloody Sunday

This is it. This is the last time that you can take in a Sunday afternoon game at Yankee Stadium, and watch Derek Jeter batting second and … well … slotting in at designated hitter.

But as we look back and reminisce, today is also a day to look forward, as Masahiro Tanaka returns to the Majors to test out his rehabilitated elbow. While we cannot say with any certainty what today will mean for the Yankees ace, barring some sort of swift kick in the nethers, it will nevertheless be an important step in discerning where the team’s rotation stands for next year. And so we watch the game today not only to feel proud of the last two decades of Yankees baseball, but also to find some optimism in the looming post-Jeter landscape.

Toronto Blue Jays
New York Yankees
Jose Reyes, SS Brett Gardner, CF
Jose Bautista, RF Derek Jeter, DH
Edwin Encarnacion, DH Brian McCann, C
Dioner Navarro, C Chris Young, LF
Dan Johnson, 1B Chase Headley, 3B
Munenori Kawasaki, 3B Francisco Cervelli, 1B
Dalton Pompey, LF Stephen Drew, 2B
Ryan Goins, 2B Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Anthony Gose, CF Brendan Ryan, SS
Drew Hutchison, SP Masahiro Tanaka, SP
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