Derek Jeter is not Priceless

Since I started the day criticizing Jeter-criticism-gone-too-far, let me balance things out by responding to Mark Feinsand’s column from last Friday in the Daily News, the takeaway of which is that Jeter will be back as a Yankee next year no matter the cost:

Alex Rodriguez is due to earn $184 million over the next seven years – and that doesn’t even include the $30 million he can collect from his pursuit of Barry Bonds’ home run record. Jeter won’t get that kind of money, but if A-Rod is making an average of $26.2 million through 2014, how can the Yankees pay Jeter less than the $21 million he’s making now?

It’s more likely that Jeter will get a raise to $22 million to $25 million per over the next four or five years. That sounds like a ton of money for a shortstop who will turn 37 next summer, but as the rival GM points out, the value of Jeter’s 3,000th hit alone – he was recently named the most marketable player in baseball by Sports Business Daily – is enough to make an inflated deal worthwhile for the Yankees.

“He’s always going to be worth far more to the Yankees than he will be anywhere else,” the GM said. “You can’t quantify what he’s worth with a normal equation. Forget what he does on the field – and he’s still an excellent player – but the business reasons alone are so compelling, it makes too much sense on both sides.”

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Discussion: Who Is The Yankees' MVP?

As I did at this time last season, I wanted to get a feel for who Yankees fans see as the most important players on the team. I will briefly list the names I believe people will raise with a brief blurb as to their case, and will then turn the discussion over to you in the comments. The names listed are people that I have heard mentioned in the same sentence as the word MVP. Chime in with your rankings in the comments. 1) Robinson Cano: Depending on the source of your data, he is either first or second Continue reading Discussion: Who Is The Yankees' MVP?

Don’t Panic

In 2005 the Yankees called up 22 year-old second-base prospect Robinson Cano and he responded by hitting 14 home runs in 132 games on his way to a .778 OPS.   In 2006 he took a major step forward, hitting 15 home runs in 122 games while posting a solid tripleslash of .342/.365/.525.  His walk rate was nothing to be proud of, but the Yankees had themselves a very young second baseman worth 2.9 WAR, a total which would have been significantly higher if not for some low fielding marks. The following year was Cano’s first full season with the Yankees, Continue reading Don’t Panic

Yankee Farm System On The Way Up

Prior to this season, Baseball America ranked the Yankee farm system 22nd in baseball, as a handful of graduations and struggles from former top prospects left the team a bit thin everywhere but catcher. However, as Eric’s list shows, the system has been rejuvenated over recent months, and is now one of the better farm systems in the sport. When asked on Twitter about the Yankees’ ascension up the ranks and whether they had entered the top 10, BA editor Jim Callis said the following: Might be. Takes a lot of time to break down all the orgs in detail, Continue reading Yankee Farm System On The Way Up

Jeter Passing Ruth is Kind of a Big Deal

I’m certainly not one to shy away from criticizing the way some media figures treat Derek Jeter, but things like this from Craig Calcaterra, a sentiment I’ve seen on a few non-Yankee blogs I follow this morning seem pretty overblown to me. In fact, they almost border on mean spirited (not Craig’s specifically, who I think is just having some fun with it).

What it apparently boils down to is that people are upset that Jeter got attention for passing Babe Ruth on the all-time hit list last night even though he hasn’t crossed 3,000 hits yet. But when you really unpack this a bit, how much attention did Jeter really get? There was a graphic noting the mark on the big screen, which the fans responded to by giving Jeter a prolonged standing ovation. In that context, the ESPN broadcasters kind of had to acknowledge it, but it’s not like it was something that the national media was heavily focused on before the game. Heck, Miller seemed particularly caught off guard by it, to the extent that he thought Jeter had passed Ruth for the all-time Yankee hits mark (of course, Jeter passed Lou Gehrig for that title last season). I haven’t watched Sports Center yet today, but from what I can see on ESPN’s website, it’s mentioned in the headline for the game recap on the sidebar. Not exactly the stuff wild over-hyping is made of. I’ve certainly heard much more about it from people complaining about the recognition of the mark than from any non-New York media outlets.

Look, if all anyone has to complain about is that the Yankees acknowledged Derek Jeter passing Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list and Yankee fans cheering it, that’s about as weak as tea gets. Babe Ruth isn’t exactly a minor figure in baseball history, and certainly not in Yankee history. I don’t remember people snickering when the Reds acknowledged Ken Griffey Jr. passing Frank Robinson on the all-time home run list. Of course, that game wasn’t on national television, so very few people noticed it. But that’s really all this boils down to; the sort of thing any team would do whenever a current player (especially one who has spent his entire career with that team) passes one of that franchises all-time greats on a high profile record list. It just happened to take place during a nationally televised game, getting it some extra attention. Continue reading Jeter Passing Ruth is Kind of a Big Deal

Game 110: Red Sox 2, Yankees 7

The Yankees got some good news and some bad news before Sunday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox.  A.J. Burnett, who was slated to start, was having trouble with his back and was scratched, sending Dustin Moseley to the mound for his third start in Pinstripes.  The good news, however, was that a day after Alex Rodriguez was hit by a ball during batting practice and forced to sit out a game he was back in the lineup, as the Bronx Bombers took on their rivals.  Moseley put together a nice start, holding the Sox to just two runs as the Yankees took the game 7-2, giving them a 2-1 edge in the series.

Moseley started the game by making a nice bare-handed play on a dribbler down the third baseline by Jacoby Ellsbury, gunning him out at first.  The Yankees got a couple runners on in the bottom of the inning, but Josh Beckett managed to hold off the rally and the game stayed scoreless.

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Don’t count out the Sox just yet

With their inactivity at the July 31st trade deadline and last night’s drubbing of Josh Beckett guaranteeing the Yanks a split of the four game series, it would be easy for Yankee fans to dismiss the 2010 Red Sox. The series has lacked its usual buzz, they’re 8 games back in the loss for the division, staff ace Josh Beckett seems to never get the Yanks out anymore (0-2 with a 11.74 ERA in last 4 starts vs Yanks) Throw on top the recent loss of the talented Kevin Youkilis and it seems like just too much for them to Continue reading Don’t count out the Sox just yet

Don't count out the Sox just yet

With their inactivity at the July 31st trade deadline and last night’s drubbing of Josh Beckett guaranteeing the Yanks a split of the four game series, it would be easy for Yankee fans to dismiss the 2010 Red Sox. The series has lacked its usual buzz, they’re 8 games back in the loss for the division, staff ace Josh Beckett seems to never get the Yanks out anymore (0-2 with a 11.74 ERA in last 4 starts vs Yanks) Throw on top the recent loss of the talented Kevin Youkilis and it seems like just too much for them to Continue reading Don't count out the Sox just yet

The Captain and Fat Elvis beat the Red Sox

Lance Berkman had 2 doubles on his 3 hit night while Derek Jeter passed Babe Ruth on the all-time hit list. The Yankees beat the Red Sox 7-2. A.J. Burnett was suffering from back spasms and was scratched for Dustin Moseley at the last minute. Burnett will pitch Tuesday. Josh Beckett struggled from the start. He allowed 7 runs to score in less than 5 innings. The two pitchers went in different directions from the start of the game. Moseley got a 1-2-3 top of the 1st, and flashed the leather on an athletic play to his right. Meanwhile, Beckett Continue reading The Captain and Fat Elvis beat the Red Sox