Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

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Things to do while waiting for baseball to start up again

I’m bored.

I’m not sure who came up with the four day All-Star break but I’d like to smack them with something. Not too hard but hard enough for them to know that I hate it. And while I’m sure it’s great for the players to have that extra day, it is torture for me and for many others.

This extra day is slow, laborious and have I mentioned it’s torture? I mean, sure, there are minor league games but – and no offense to the people who play in them and watch them – I prefer to watch the big boys.

Anyway with that said, here is a list of things you can do while you wait for this break to come to a merciful end:

  • Crochet something.
  • Bake a cake.
  • Read a book!
  • Take a walk (weather permitted, of course).
  • See a movie!
  • Set up a brand new cellphone! Okay, fine, everyone can’t do this but I did it today.
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Judge makes Law’s Top 50 prospects list

Keith Law released his Top 50 prospects list for ESPN Insiders and the Yankees had an entry: 22 year-old Aaron Judge, who is currently with Tampa in High A, was listed at #45.

This is what Law had to say about him:

“The hype that’s going to Yankees right-hander Luis Severino should at least be shared with Judge, who’s done nothing but hit for power and get on base all year, forcing the Yankees to do what they should have done to start the season and send him up to high-A. Judge is a beast at 6-foot-7 and 230 (or more) pounds, but with a surprisingly short path to the ball for a guy his size and plenty of loft in his finish for power. He’s also quite mobile for someone his size and should be an above-average or better defender in right, with plenty of arm to stay there as well. I like Severino, who has a loose, easy arm and a chance for three above-average pitches, but Judge is higher probability and could be the middle-of-the-order bat the Yankees have tried to develop for years.”

Judge didn’t make Law’s preseason list so his appearance on this list was nice to see.…

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About Last Night: Derek Jeter

Today’s installment is going to be a different kind of About Last Night post.

Instead of displaying heat maps and spray charts from Derek Jeter‘s last All-Star Game, I’m going to post video of what happened during the game so we can relive the magical moments. Yeah, I know, that’s pretty mawkish of me but I cannot help myself. I am feeling a little emotional about all of the “lasts” Jeter is experiencing, especially now that the season is closer to the end than it is to the beginning and because everything will be winding down soon.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Here’s Jeter’s double in the first inning. The best part about this, at least for me, is that it comes right after some jackhole in the stands starts chanting, “Over-rated!” at him.

It made me do a Jeter-esque fist pump in my house. I also may have yelled an expletive (or four) as well.…

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Quick hit: Jeter goes 2 for 2 in his final All-Star Game

I love Derek Jeter. Do you know why? Because every time people make fun of him or complain about him, he shows them up.

Remember when he was approaching his 3000th hit and people were sarcastically predicting that he’d hit a squibbler for an infield hit? Yeah, and what did Jeter do that day? Not only did he go 5-5 and help the Yankees win the game but he hit a long home run for his 3000th hit.

Tonight, it was more of the same. First people were complaining about Jeter being voted into the All-Star game, then they were complaining that John Farrell was going to play him at shortstop and bat him first. And what did Jeter do? Oh he just made a great defensive play to start the game that would have been an out if someone other than Andrew McCutchen were running down the line. And after he received a nice ovation from the crowd and his fellow players, he stepped into the box for his last first at bat and after a ball by Adam Wainwright to start the game, Jeter grooved a pitch into right field for a double.…

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2014 All-Star Game Thread: Jeter’s Last Stand

Here are John Farrell‘s plans for Derek Jeter tonight:

So that’s two standing ovations. Should be interesting to see Jeter’s reaction. He’s been playing it cool while in Minnesota, claiming it’s just like any other All-Star game. We all know that’s a big fat lie. Jeter has to be feeling something

Here are the lineups:

CF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
RF Yasiel Puig, Dodgers
SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
DH Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
3B Aramis Ramirez, Brewers
2B Chase Utley, Phillies
C Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
LF Carlos Gomez, Brewers

SS Derek Jeter, Yankees
LF Mike Trout, Angels
2B Robinson Cano, Mariners
1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
RF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
DH Nelson Cruz, Orioles
CF Adam Jones, Orioles
3B Josh Donaldson, Athletics
C Salvador Perez, Royals

The starting pitchers: RHP Felix Hernandez, Mariners and RHP Adam Wainwright, Cardinals

Hopefully the game will be a little more exciting than the Home Run Derby.…

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Quick hit: Luis Severino to AA

Well, this is pretty cool.

Luis Severino had a nice showing in this past weekend’s Futures Game and now he’s been rewarded for his hard work this season.

Here’s his player card and some video from Baseball America.

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Quick Hit: Alfonso Soriano Released

This news isn’t that much of a surprise but Alfonso Soriano has been released by the Yankees. After being designated for assignment, none of the other 29 teams in the league picked up Soriano so now he’s available for the league minimum, if someone is so inclined to scoop him up as a bat off the bench down the stretch. At the time he was designated for assignment, Soriano also hinted that retirement is a possibility.

After making a splash last season, hitting 17 home runs after coming back to the Yankees, the 38-year-old struggled mightily in 2014 batting .221/.244/.367/.611 with six home runs and 23 RBI in 67 games. Soriano has batted .270/.319/.500/.819 with 412 home runs in his 16-year career.

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The 2014 Home Run Derby Open Thread


If you were planning on watching the Home Run Derby, why not comment about it here?

Here are the new rules per Baseball Tonight:

The thinking behind these changes is to make it so the guys participating in the derby aren’t so tired by the final round. As we famously watched in 2008, Josh Hamilton expended all of his energy in the first round by hitting about 1,000 monster home runs and then lost to Justin Morneau in the finals. This way, the guys who win the first round will be rewarded with a bye for the second round. Plus, instead of getting 10 outs, each hitter gets seven.

Here are the participants:

Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (Team captain)
Adam Jones, Orioles
Brian Dozier, Twins
Yoenis Cespedes, A’s
Josh Donaldson, A’s

Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies (Team captain)
Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
Yasiel Puig, Dodgers
Todd Frazier, Reds
Justin Morneau, Rockies

So who do you have winning this thing?…

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Quick hit: Jeter’s last All-Star game

It was just announced that Derek Jeter will be starting at shortstop (of course) and leading off for the American League tomorrow night. This will set up a nice moment for Derek as he steps up to the plate for his last first time at the All-Star game and for his last last time. (Get it?)

Manager John Farrell told reporters gathered in Minnesota for the festivities that Jeter “sets the bar for what all players should aspire to,” and added that, “all fans will remember Jeter’s last All-Star game.”

Here’s the rest of the AL lineup:
Derek Jeter SS
Mike Trout LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Jose Bautista RF
Nelson Cruz DH
Adam Jones CF
Josh Donaldson 3B
Salvador Perez C

That 3-4-5 is pretty scary in a good way.

Also, the starting pitchers have been announced for the game: Felix Hernandez will be starting for the American League and Adam Wainwright for the National League which is causing some controversy because a lot of folks believe Clayton Kershaw should be starting the game over Wainwright.…

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