Differing Perspectives on Jeter’s Next Deal

As Derek Jeter’s free agency draws closer, fans and analysts alike are having difficulty imagining what his next contract will look like.  On one hand, you have an aging shortstop in the midst of one of the worst years of his career. On the other hand, you have the “face of the franchise”, an iconic...

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Jeter’s Platoon Split

Derek Jeter seems to have developed a rather nasty habit this season; well, one that isn’t just his near 70% groundball rate. And, to be fair, it’s not exactly a habit. It’s just something we’ve never quite seen from Jeter: a massive platoon split.

In Derek Jeter’s career, not including last night, he has a .398...

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Baseball’s Unwritten Rules Strike Again

“I know he’s stealing bases out of his own doing, he’s trying to get back at us,” Marlins third baseman Wes Helms said. “We had to show him that we weren’t going to put up with the way he was treating us after last night but also trying to take the bases being [down] 10 runs. . . . He gets under everybody’s skin. Especially mine.”

That’s right, the Nationals were down by 10 runs and Morgan was still trying to score runs. Everyone knows that this violates sacred baseball rule 12(b); when a game gets to a certain (undefined) level of out-of-handedness, both teams must stop trying to score runs and get the game over with as soon as possible. Nevermind that the Marlins weren’t holding Morgan on, so he could easily take those bases, or that he wound up scoring on a sacrifice fly, no, none of that matters. Morgan refused to stop trying to win the game, and for that he had to have a message sent to him.…

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The Yankee rotation, and implications for October

Recently Yankeeist broke down the pitchers for the other AL teams who appear playoff-bound at this point in the season. Given the question marks surrounding the Yankee pitchers, now seems like a good time to take a...

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Game 133: Athletics 3, Yankees 4

Curtis Granderson singled to left in the bottom of the second, to get the Yankees started again.  Eduardo Nunez followed with a single and Jeter was called safe when A’s pitcher Brett Anderson made an error, allowing Granderson to score.  Nunez stole third base with Swisher at the plate.  Swisher worked a walk, loading the bases with two outs.  Teixeira then singled on a grounder to left, scoring Nunez and Jeter and putting New York up 4-0.

Burnett kept the Athletics scoreless through three, but struggled in the top of the fourth.  Kurt Suzuki lined a double to right to start the inning.  Kevin Kouzmanoff then connected with a homer to right, making the score 4-2.

Rajai Davis hit a ground-rule double to left center in the top of the fifth.  He stole third, his 40th steal of the season, with Coco Crisp up, and scored on Crisp’s ground out. Oakland had pulled to within one, as the score sat at 4-3.…

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