Bowing out in style, bowing out gracefully or simply bowing out, because the game has now become uninteresting?

Bowing out in style, bowing out gracefully or simply bowing out, because the game has now become uninteresting ?

In the lead-up to the start of the exhibition season in baseball , known to the most devout of fans as Spring Training . The biggest story of the early preseason has been the announcement by Derek Jeter that the 2014 baseball season will in fact be his last . He brings to an end a glorious two-decade long career that has seen the New York Yankees’ shortstop having won a slew of awards as being anointed as a five-time World Series champion as well as having a World Series MVP award . Certainly , Jeter would like nothing better than to win a sixth series’ ring in his final season, with the only franchise he has ever played for. Last season , he witnessed the retirements of two former teammates , in Andy Pettite and Mariano Rivera who along with catcher , Jorge Posada , made up a core quartet , that were part of four World Series’ triumphs for the franchise during seven-year span , all under the watchful eye of then manager , Joe Torre , who this season was inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown , New York . Undoubtedly, Jeter along with Rivera and Pettite will be future bound Hall of Fame inductees having met the criteria needed.

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A great deal will be expected of this New York Yankees’ team after the usual flurry of acquisitions made by the franchise during the off-season , with the organization committing in excess of $400 million on the players acquired by general manager Brian Cashman to bolster the roster , managed by Joe Girardi and his staff .

New York is likely to enter this MLB season with the largest payroll of any team entering the official Opening Day schedule on the 31st March , 2014 . Consider the fact, that for the very first time in 2013, payroll commitment for baseball’s thirty teams topped $3 billion ($3,000,000,000) for the very first time in baseball history . As to what this might suggest , when it comes to teams showing financial expediency can be best summed up by the ongoing idiocy of baseball’s luxury tax sharing scheme which has not really served any real purpose , other than for the hierarchy to penalize the high spending salaried ball-clubs around the Major Leagues. From my own standpoint, I firmly believe that financial expediency will remain the last thing on the mind of baseball’s hierarchy, in spite of the official comments coming out of the league’s headquarters based in Manhattan , New York . The MLBPA is far too powerful a union to take on, with the owners simply cowering far too often in their wake. While the Players’ Union (MLBPA) itself , has a new successor to Michael Weiner as its Executive Director, there is no doubt in my mind, they will continue to always negotiate from a position of power ! Former player , Tony Clark now succeeds Weiner , who lost his battle with lymph node cancer , with his death coming as a shock to many around the word of baseball , with his tenure being such a short one.

The New York Yankees made a big splash in signing of Japanese pitching sensation Masahiro Tanaka , making him amongst the highest paid starting pitchers in the game, with an astronomical seven-year $155 million contract , that also places him amongst the highest paid players on the Yankees’ payroll for this season . Were it not for the year-long suspension of Alex Rodriguez and his $29 million due for this season , Tanaka’s pay of $22 million still places him behind the annual salaries of both CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira . . With the team having missed the postseason , with a lackluster end to their season , falling way behind both the AL East divisional champions the Boston Red Sox and the second-placed Tampa Bay Rays . It will be extremely difficult to suggest that Tanaka’s acquisition along with that of Jacoby Ellsbury , Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran will be enough to see this team possibly leap-frog both of their divisional rivals , while also posing a serious enough threat to the rest of the AL this upcoming season . Last season, injuries alone , were not the sole excuse for the Yankees’ on field failures. Several of their games were lost due to their complacency and a lack of leadership coming from anyone on the field of play , while team captain , Derek Jeter spent a large part of the season on the team’s disabled list with two prolonged spells .

Pitching will have to consistent all season long for the New York Yankees , in a division , where the makeups for the rosters of the Baltimore Orioles , Toronto Blue Jays , Rays and Red Sox will have a dearth and considerable depth to the lineups of the aforementioned teams. CC Sabathia is likely to be the Opening Day starter for the Yankees, a role which fits the veteran nicely. Hiroki Kuroda , Masahiro Tanaka can presumably be, switched around as the number two or three starters in the rotation , to be followed by Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova , as the case maybe . The reliever’s role now becomes all the more trickier for Joe Girardi, as Yankees will no longer have Mariano Rivera to close out games , be it for the last 2 1/3 innings or slightly longer . Rivera’s retirement along with his record-breaking 652 regular season career saves and another forty-two in postseason play , makes him the most dominant pitcher in history in that specific role. A staple for the New York Yankees that they are now likely to miss more than Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild would care to willingly admit .

Robinson Cano’s departure from the New York Yankees to join the Seattle Mariners may well be questioned, as I believe that the player is likely to struggle within an organization that has not made the postseason in several years and whose last divisional title came in 2001 . It begs the question, has Cano simply become a mercenary , albeit that his agent , Jay-z of Roc Nation Sports, sought the best for client, in terms of what he believed was Robinson Cano’s worth ? The player himself , indicated that he felt disrespected by the New York Yankees , and the negotiation process led by Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner as they made a vain attempt to re-sign the player to a lucrative contract . The Yankees have and will move forward , while Cano, by mid-season, could very well be pondering if he made the right decision to leave the New York Yankees to join an organization , merely struggling to remain relevant within the AL West , as it has so often done over the past eight years .

If there is one thing that we do know about Derek Jeter and his persona , it is that he is a gritty and very determined player. Few players have been afforded the privilege, of becoming the captain of the New York Yankees during that proud franchise’s history . The last such player of note, to be given that role, was Don Mattingly , who currently manages the Los Angeles Dodgers . Mattingly’s , own career with the Yankees was filled with highs and lows , but he became a fan favorite with his heroics on the field of play , with his candor , when dealing with the press and the fans alike, away from the diamond. Jeter is likely to go down as one of the most celebrated players in recent Yankees’ <a href=http://m history and franchise history overall , while not necessarily being considered one of the top five or six players ever to have donned the Yankees’ Pinstripes. Yet , a debate is likely to begin amongst the fan-base of the Yankees and amongst the purists and MLB analysts everywhere as to where he ought to be ranked amongst the likes of Lou Gehrig , Joe DiMaggio , Mickey Mantle , Babe Ruth , Phil Rizutto and perhaps, Mattingly, himself. That may well be a debate, that is likely create arguments and counterarguments, concerning a very much heated topic among the protagonists and contraries .

While Derek Jeter claims that now is the right time for him to step away from the game, to devote more time to his charitable and philanthropic efforts , be with his family and by his own words, start a family . It has me wondering, Jeter’s wish may well be to leave on a high note, but I can’t help but wonder, if the player has simply not become disenchanted with the game of baseball and the never-ending controversies, that have come to encapsulate baseball in recent seasons , leaving a number of fans also disenchanted and simply distrustful of the league hierarchy led by Bud Selig . Jeter has never openly discussed the issue of steroids within the game , which is very much line with many of his peers , albeit , that the likes of Albert Pujols and David Ortiz have seen their names brought up as a topic of debate concerning the issue. Pujols has come out and suggested, that if the league wants to test him ‘ then they can’ , as he has never and would never use an illicit substance in order to assist his game . The slugger’s career in baseball since his entry in to Major League Baseball when drafted by the St Louis Cardinals in the 1999 MLB Draft . In the ensuing years he has become one of the most prolific players of this era .

Derek Jeter’s first exhibition game for the New York Yankees will likely see a major turnout , in terms of the legions of fans, wishing to bid him farewell . He has become one of a handful of role models that the game of baseball can actually point to and say “ he has done things the right way” . A case like that, cannot be made for Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa , Mark McGwire , Jose Canseco , Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez or Ryan Braun. Such has been the dismay within the sport and the very fact that Bud Selig remains clueless , on how best to address one the biggest continued stains on the game, since the “Black Sox “ scandal over nine decades ago. Granted, racism , segregation ran the gamut through baseball and while many lauded Branch Rickey and his “ social experiment “, with the introduction of Jackie Robinson unto an integrated team , it should be noted that Robinson was not the first person of color , ever to play in the Major Leagues. Moses Fleetwood “ Fleet” Walker would break the “color barrier” . be it ever so briefly , but therein lies how history seeks to rewrite the annals of the game , to paint the type of picture that appears to be more socially responsive .

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A historical account is given of Moses Fleetwood ” Fleet” Walker of his being the first player of color to have played in the Majors , some six decades head of Jackie Robinson’s first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 .

The regular season home opening series at Yankees Stadium will likely see a full house with the press in full attendance , print and television media alike , along with credentialed representatives from farther afield , as this story will be of international importance wherever baseball is known to be played and with the Yankees having legions of fans across the globe. That initial three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles starting on the 7th April will prove to be a historic event in the milestone of Derek Jeter’s career and that of the New York Yankees. Subsequently , the Boston Red Sox will come to town and the two teams’ season long series should prove to be eventful, much like their it annual meetings have proven to be over the past two decades . This is perhaps the greatest rivalry within baseball, with so many of these contests having additional meaning for the soon to be retired Yankees’ shortstop. In recent history , perhaps the most memorable contest between the two teams took place series and what is now known as perhaps one of the greatest comebacks in baseball history and also the biggest meltdown by a team leading a series , with their needing one game for victory and a berth in the World Series.. That classic 2004 ALCS contest between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees still has reverberations within both organizations , as it led to the Red Sox’s resurgence under Terry Francona , with two World Series in the span of five years and then with another in 2013 , under newly installed manager John Farrell .

As the season meanders towards its postseason finale , it will be interesting to see whether or not the New York Yankees will be in contention for a divisional title within the AL East or perhaps a wildcard berth as they chase down unprecedented forty-first AL Pennant and twenty-eighth World Series’ title . The month of September should prove to be climactic for all of the league’s thirty teams , but perhaps more so for the Yankees and all that this season is likely to mean for the franchise and the career of Derek Jeter.

How appropriate is it, that what is likely to be Jeter’s last regular season game will be played at Fenway Park in Boston on the final day of the season , when the New York Yankees will be the guests of their most famous rivals the Boston Red Sox ? Nineteen regular season meetings on annual basis , has a great deal going for it , and if the two teams should somehow also be contesting the AL East on the final day. Then look for the heroics to come from Jeter and his teammates, as they seek to send him out in style. That may not prove to be the case however , as it is my firm opinion that the Red Sox are likely to prevail once again this season and repeat as divisional champions. They proved to be far too dominant for their rivals within the AL East as their season long series against the Baltimore Orioles ( 8-11) , New York Yankees ( 13-6) , Tampa Bay Rays ( 12-7) and Toronto Blue Jays ( 11-8)would prove to be as evidence in those contests.

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What thoughts if any do you have on the points raised within this article and how do you view the career of Derek Jeter as a player with the New York Yankees ? Your comments are more than welcome, so chime in, with a thought as you see fit.

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(1) New York Yankees’ shortstop Derek Jeter speaks with Jennifer Steinbrenner-Swindal , a managing partner within the New York Yankees’ organization . Jeter met with the convened press at the Yankees’ Spring Training facility at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa , Florida where he confirmed that this season would be his last in Major League Baseball , having played his entire two-decade long career with franchise . AP Photo / Chris O’Meara ….

(2) New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter gestures during a news conference Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. Jeter has announced he will retire at the end of the 2014 season. AP Photo/Chris O’Meara …

(3) New York Yankees part owner and co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner listens as shortstop Derek Jeter speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. Jeter has announced he will retire at the end of the 2014 season. AP Photo/Chris O’Meara ….

(4) New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman responds to a question about shortstop Derek Jeter after a news conference Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. Jeter has announced he will retire at the end of the 2014 season. AP Photo/Chris O’Meara …

(5) TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 19: Joe Girardi, Manager of the New York Yankees speaks after Derek Jeter spoke at a media availability after announcing that the 2014 season will be his last before retiring at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 19, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images …

(6) Jacoby Ellsbury is seen here with New York Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi after the player was formally introduced to the convened having been acquired as a free agent . Ellsbury coming off a World Series’ win with the Boston Red Sox last season , hopes to be productive for his new team spearheading on offense that will also include Mark Teixeira , Carlos Beltran , Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki . AP Photo / Chris Evans …

(7) Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees poses for a photograph with, from left, general manager Brian Cashman, Chief Operating Officer Lonn Trost , President Randy Levine , managing general partner and co-chairperson Hal Steinbrenner , Assistant General Manager Jean Afterman and manager Joe Girardi as he introduced to the media during a news conference on February 11, 2014 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Tanaka signed a seven-year $155 million contract that will see him be a part of the Yankees’ pitching rotation that will include CC Sabathia , Hiroki Kuroda , Ivan Nova and David Phelps . Jim McIsaac / Getty Images …..

(8) Derek Jeter is seen here during the 1996 World Series played against the Atlanta Braves . Coming off his Rookie of the Year Award in 1995 , in his second year as a Major League player he would be in the first of his four World Series’ triumphs with Joe Torre as the Yankees’ manager . Atlanta would succumb to the Yankees in a lopsided series’ loss to the AL Pennant winners of that season . AP Photo / Marcus Shaw …..

(9) A historical account is given of Moses Fleetwood ” Fleet” Walker of his being the first player of color to have played in the Majors , some six decades head of Jackie Robinson’s first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 .

(10) Roger Clemens ,(left) and Barry Bonds , two of the most celebrated players of their generation and long seen as the “faces” of the steroid era within baseball . Bonds a seven-time NL MVP remains the all-time career and season home runs’ leader . Clemens is himself a seven time Cy Young Award winner with over three hundred career wins and over 4000 strikeouts on his career resume’ . Both players were on the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot , but failed to gain the necessary votes for induction into Cooperstown . In 2015 their names will once again be up for submission , but it is highly unlikely that either will be voted in . UPI / Matt Simmons ……….

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45 thoughts on “Bowing out in style, bowing out gracefully or simply bowing out, because the game has now become uninteresting?”

  1. The departure of Derek Jeter in baseball will leave a vacuum within the game that is unlikely to be filled . Of the players currently playing perhaps only Mike Trout comes the closest in terms of talent and demeanor while not having the postseason success of the Yankees’ shortstop .

    Jeter , left , as a youngster with his Mom , Dad and younger sibling , his sister . ung nhebg

    And as a grown adult with the same family members .

    Unfortunately , for Trout the team that he is currently surrounded by will never be good enough to . win a World Series title . The A’s are by far the best team in the AL West and will remain so as long as Billy Beane remains the general manager and part owner of the ball-club.

    Jeter & Trout/

    Mike Trout , left , is seen here with Derek Jeter .

    Is Mike Trout the player that baseball can hang its hat on , in terms of its continued appeal amongst the fans ?

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  2. Tophat,
    This is a nice piece(Milani too) you wrote. Prepping for the MLB season.
    Don’t be too sure about Pettite being inducted…..atleast not for quite a few years after eligibility.. Andy’s a “convicted” juicer and no need to go any further. Jeter and Mo deserve to be mentioned along with the Babe, Joe D’s, etc.
    Baseball lost former 6x allstar and manager Jim Fregosi @71 last week. RIP

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    1. Ronbets

      Thanks for the compliment as it is greatly appreciated ! With Derek Jeter retiring , I truly believe that there is no one player that can perhaps replace him in stature or respect at present ! As I alluded to in the above comment , Mike Trout might be the closest in terms of all-round talent and his healthy respect for the game . He does not come across like a prima-donna as is the case with Bryce Harper , Stephen Strasburg and Yasiel Puig . Those guys need to grow up fast and start to show signs of maturity , rather than being crass .

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      Paul Blair , Fregosi , center and Phil Niekro

      Sad news with regard to the death of Jim Fregosi as he was always a talented player on many levels . His loss , is to the detriment of a legacy of excellence and to the game of baseball overall .

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      Two for the price of one ? Who wouldn’t mind that , then ?

      Milani Denise/

      Milani simply wants you to enjoy life , as only she knows you can .

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    2. Ronbets

      Wendy Fiore would like to polish any silverware you might have around the home . If no silverware, how about her “polishing ” some balls , as the case may be ?

      Fiore , I believe she’s almost up for anything !

      Nikki Benz loves and knows how to take some “dic#tation ” .

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  3. Derek Jeter may well feel that now is the right time for him to retire after almost two decades in the game having reached its very pinnacle as a player . Yet, it is my honest opinion , his passion was no longer there for baseball , because the camaraderie on the current Yankees’ roster is no longer there !

    The teams of 2010 , 2011 , ’12 of last season on the face of it are simply high-priced mercenaries for the large part . Perhaps the same can be said also of the roster of players that won the 2009 World Series .

    It is my belief that the teams that Jeter played on with Joe Torre as the manager , having won four World Series titles in their six appearances during the times-span of the late nineties was more of a team in the “true sense ” of the word , than the pretense that now exists under Joe Girardi and his managerial staff .

    Jeter was close with the likes of Posada , Scott Brosius , Paul O’Neill , Mariano Rivera , Bernie Williams and Tino Martinez . No one can ever claim that he and Alex Rodriguez were ever close and that it could be approximated to camaraderie much less a close friendship . Yet , Rodriguez tries to suggest that he and his teammates have always been close and they have each others’ backs ? What a crock of absolute bull$hit !

    Jeter & Torre/

    Every picture tells a story . What does this suggest to you ?

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  4. When Michael Jordan played his last game in the NBA which was in 2003 , we had already seen the rise of established stars within the league , in Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal , who would both go on to have successful careers in their own right .

    In the NFL after the departure of Joe Montana , his teammate , Steve Young was dominant , then to be followed by the likes of Brett Favre , Tom Brady , Peyton Manning , Drew Brees , Emmitt Smith , Ladanian Tomlinson and now one could surmise Adrian Peterson .

    Even the NHL has a seen a continuity of stars that have established not only rapport with the fans, but also with those players having tangible success after the departures of Mario Lemieux , Eric Lindross , Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier . Now the league has established stars such as Sidney Crosby , Alex Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos . Yet to my mind , baseball now has an immense vacuum and void that will be left once Derek Jeter has played his final game in the Majors , be it during the regular season or at any point during the postseason . The immense loss to baseball will not be soon dismissed !

    Mike Trout is by far the best young player to have entered the Majors over the past five years without a doubt . As I stated , he might now be the closest thing that the game of baseball has in terms of another Derek Jeter . The only thing Angels’ player now seems to lack is actually a talented team that surrounds him and the chance of them winning World Series’ title Their struggles in recent seasons have been well chronicled and the fact that neither Josh Hamilton , Albert Pujols or CJ Wilson have actually done a damn thing since signing those multi-million dollar contracts may well have played a great part in the lack of success for the Angels in recent seasons .

    Team owner Arte Moreno and GM Jerry Dipoto , not only do they have to really assess the current roster in depth to adjudge whether or not it is good enough to compete, but also whether or not Mike Scioscia and his managerial staff are m good at what they said to be currently doing . I’ll let you guys be the judge of that , based on the Los Angeles Angeles’ record over the past six seasons !

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    Josh Hamilton, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols .

    Which of the trio in your determination, is currently the best player on the Angels’ roster ?

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    Scoscia , left , is seen here with Angels’ owner Arte Moreno (center) and GM Jerry Dipoto. As team owner , Moreno will be the “last man standing” . I am not so sure about Mike Sciocsia and Jerry Dipoto at this juncture !

    This is likely to be Mike Scioscia’s last season in charge of the Angels , because there has been a serious drought for the franchise in terms of postseason success. Their only triumph came by way of the 2002 World Series and since then, it has barely amounted to zilch in terms of postseason consistency .

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  5. Thanks for getting it right. Many don’t know this even the morons at ESPN. jeter is a great player he did it right. I respect him as a player. he is pure class like Dimaggio Ruth Gerhig and the rest. How about the Scooter Phil Rizzuto? pure class.

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    1. bobby fee

      I was not seeking for the piece to be opinionated , merely offering a point of view as well as some facts on the state of the game at present . The easy thing to do , is for many out there , to offer fantasy advice on baseball and not much else beyond that , either through through laziness or not being adept enough to write a succinct piece .

      Derek Jeter’s retirement will lead to a vacuum within the game , because , as I have suggested there is no current player of his stature in baseball, who is as well respected or as revered .

      Alex Rodriguez was acquired to be the alleged heir apparent , but look at where his career is currently said to be. A year-long suspension with his name being associated with illicit use of a banned substance within baseball, not for the second time, but now a third time , > for those who would care to count and that includes, that moronic ass , Bud Selig and the MLB hierarchy who failed to act , after his name came to the fore within the records of now incarcerated former Orlando , Florida based medical doctor , Anthony Galea .

      Selig would now know his own ass , from a hole in the ground but this pompous moron , continually suggests that baseball is on the right path as it relates to its steroid policy and testing which remains a joke , much like the non existent testing that is place in the with NFL ( as they do not test for PED’s and certain types steroidal drugs) because Roger Goodell has yet to budge on a ratified vote taken by the union on in and out of season testing , dating back to the 2010 NFL season .

      As I alluded to earlier , the only player I see as being remotely close to Derek Jeter in terms of play , though not yet stature , just happens to be the Los Angeles Angeles’ outfielder Mike Trout . Players such as Yasiel Puig , Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg have already built up something of an unwanted reputation for themselves , away from the field of play . In the case of both Jeter and Trout , there has yet to be a tinge of controversy surrounding either of their careers on or off a baseball field .

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            1. bobby

              The BBWAA and the vast majority of the on air analysts who cover the game of baseball are the biggest hypocrites going along with the MLB team owners .

              Buster Olney would rather regale you with anecdotes , than deal with many of baseball’s biggest problems , and the apathy amongst the vast majority of the fans cannot be excused either , but then again , if you act ignorant , you will be viewed as ignorant . This is why I will maintain , a large part of baseball’s fan-base, are so stupid that it is beyond belief !

              ESPN as a cable broadcast outlet can barely spell the word talent and this is why they have $$ck-heads such as Olney and Tim Kurkjian on air !

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              ” Nothing gives me greater pleasure, than having to interview a half naked ball player, as I get to scrutinize his balls “!

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              1. one thing I have learned about the media sports or news, if it doesn’t fit the template you will never see it in print or see it on the TV. They are all liars

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                    1. bobby gee

                      I think it best to be succinct without holding anything back ! Here , when it comes to sports with the fans it’s either @ss kissing or simple apathy , if not both , in terms how they try to assess things both on an off the field of play without ever dealing both sides of any type of issue .

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                    2. look to fin dout the truth one has to dig deep. the press will not tell the truth. the same with the news

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                    3. bobby gee

                      The press here remains a damn joke ! Hide behind this idiocy of “freedom of the press ” , but in large part , they are just as complicit as the individuals they tend to cover as part of a story . Hell, when you have idiots such as Jayson Blair , Dan Rather and now the retired Barbara Walters (overrated in my honest opinion) interjecting themselves in a story , you can no longer take the profession honorably or seriously . And it is the same , within the panacea of sports’ journalism .

                      While he appeared on television I found Peter Gammons at times , condescending and lacking intelligence , with his continued bias , rather than reporting a story and informing the viewer , as he should !

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    2. bobby gee

      Derek Jeter will undoubtedly be inducted into the Hall of Fame and the earliest his induction can be is 2020. He will be joining legends of the game as it relates to the inductees who played for the New York Yankees .

      Ruth , right and Gehrig .

      Mantle , Ralph Terry and Roger Maris .

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      From left to right , Rizzuto , DiMaggio , Yogi Berra and Jerry Coleman

      Guys such as Babe Ruth , Mickey Mantle . Dave Winfield , Joe DiMaggio , Phil Rizzuto were and still remain relevant today , at the height of their playing days .

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        1. bobby gee

          As much some tend to hate the New York Yankees , one has to admit that while George Steinbrenner may well have ran the organization with a “rod of iron” . You have to admit that he had the respect of the players at all times , even when there were widespread differences . Players took pride in putting on the Yankees’ Pinstripes throughout that franchise’s history and it is perhaps the singular most reason why they have had more success than any other team in baseball history .

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                1. bobby gee

                  The closest that the Yankees have had to a farm system was the players brought up as the core group of Jeter , Posada , Pettite and Rivera that were part of the four winning World Series Yankees’ teams of the late nineties under then manager Joe Torre . Players that have come up since from within that system have barely done anything noticeable in the regular or postseason for the organization . It is in effect a damning indictment of their scouting , coaching and the failure of Brian Cashman as the general manager .

                  I wonder if he (Cashman) would be able to have the same type of success were he the manager of an organization such as Tampa Bay Rays , Kansas City Royals , Arizona Diamondbacks or even the Seattle Mariners , where there seems to be an abundance of money but absolutely no frigging common sense within the front office or under the leadership of managing partner , Howard Lincoln .

                  Nintendo US and their Nintendo Corp , the Japanese parent company , still hold a large stake in the AL West based franchise .

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                    1. bobby gee

                      New York Yankees’ fans nowadays are living in the past , albeit , that their last triumph came in 2009 . But in realty the organization will never be able to develop talent along the lines of what they were able to establish with Derek Jeter , Bernie Williams , Jorge Posada , Andy Pettitie and Mariano Rivera .

                      Yankees

                      The Yankees’ version of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse .

                      The likes of Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain have proven to be “absolute busts” in terms of their careers in the Majors . Never mind the money that has been committed both Chamberlain and Hughes during that timespan . Luckily the Yankees are privately operated business concern , because were they a publicly listed company , the entire board would have been fired years ago .

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                    2. Consider this the Yankees last won the world series in the 1970’s and the drought lasted until the 1990’s

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    1. Blog Surface/ CDR

      I can assure you , all of the games where the New York Yankees will be playing their divisional rivals , are likely to be sold out , as fans bid Derek Jeter farewell . And that final game of their regular season schedule against the Boston Red Sox will be one hell of a spectacle, with Fenway Park in Boston , being packed to the rafters .

      Jeter’s career record against the Boston Red Sox

      Yankees’ record against the Red Sox since Derek Jeter’s entry into baseball in 1995 when drafted by the franchise in 1992 .

      Events Draft History Sortable Draft History First-Year Player Draft History 1992 Draft — June Amateur Draft
      Year: Draft Type: Team: Round: |—OR—|
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      TYPE ROUND YEAR PICK NAME POS DRAFTED BY SIGNED SCHOOL AVG HR RBI SB W L SV ERA SO
      JR 1 1992 1 Nevin, Phil 3B Houston Astros – Cal State Fullerton University .270 208 743 18 -.–
      JR 1 1992 2 Shuey, Paul P Cleveland Indians – University of North Carolina .143 0 0 0 45 28 23 3.87 556
      JR 1 1992 3 Wallace, Billy P Montreal Expos – Mississippi State University -.–
      JR 1 1992 4 Hammonds, Jeffrey OF Baltimore Orioles – Stanford University .272 110 423 67 -.–
      JR 1 1992 5 Mottola, Chad OF Cincinnati Reds – University of Central Florida .200 4 12 2 -.–
      JR 1 1992 6 Jeter, Derek SS New York Yankees – Central HS (Kalamazoo, MI) .312 256 1261 348 -.–
      JR 1 1992 7 Murray, Calvin OF San Francisco Giants – University of Texas .231 8 54 22 -.–
      JR 1 1992 8 Janicki, Peter P California Angels – UCLA -.–
      JR 1 1992 9 Wilson, Preston SS New York Mets – Bamberg Ehrhardt HS (Bamberg, SC) .264 189 668 124 -.–
      JR 1 1992 10 Tucker, Michael SS Kansas City Royals – Longwood University .256 125 528 114 -.–
      JR 1 1992 11 Wallace, Derek P Chicago Cubs – Pepperdine University 0 0 0 2 4 3 3.82 20
      JR 1 1992 12 Felder, Ken OF Milwaukee Brewers – Florida State University -.–
      JR 1 1992 13 McConnell, Chad OF Philadelphia Phillies – Creighton University ..

      Above the first twelve picks from the first round from the 1992 MLB Draft .

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  6. I’m sorry but at this stage of his life Sandy Koufax should be soaking up the adulation he still receives , not being hit by line drives . See link provided below .

    Koufax hit by line drive .

    Courtesy of MLB.com

    Koufax shaken up after being hit by line drive

    By Ken Gurnick , MLB.com

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — As if to ease the fears of an organization, Sandy Koufax walked into the Dodgers’ clubhouse after practice on Friday, as he usually does.

    “I’m fine,” Koufax said, about an hour after being struck on the forehead by an Andre Ethier line drive during batting practice.

    Nonetheless, Koufax left the complex with trainer Stan Conte behind the wheel, apparently en route to a thorough examination to rule out anything serious.

    It looked serious enough when it happened, and the audible thud when the ball struck his head was sickening.

    Koufax was standing next to the bullpen down the left-field line at the time, Clayton Kershaw having just finished warmimg up to pitch batting practice. Koufax was watching prospect Ross Stripling throw and not looking at the batter when Ethier sprayed a liner that struck the iconic left-hander on the left side of his forehead.

    Koufax tried to laugh it off, saying he still had coffee cup in hand. But he also had a noticeable cut on the left side of his forehead. He didn’t leave his feet, was conscious and talking.

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    “I never thought I’d live to see the day where my boss was a ####a ” ! Tommy Lasorda

    This is simply idiocy on the part of the Dodgers’ organization .

    Read ’em and weep boys or laugh as the case maybe .

    What gimmick will Magic Johnson think of next ? Will he have Tommy Lasorda running across Dodgers’ Ballpark butt naked ?

    tophatal …………….

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  7. Al, just read a quote from Jeter indicating this season would be about realizing each step/visit/game, etc. would be among the last rather than focusing on just getting to the end. I can appreciate his wanting to relish moments and experiences but have never been a fan of any athlete or manager taking “a victory lap” of sorts with a pre-announced final year. He was far from the first and will equally be far from the last to do so. Too egotistical for my taste and I can’t give even him a free pass on taking one final pass. I liked these vote choices. Have always felt great players should be judged within their eras. That being said, Jeter certainly is one of the all-timers at his position and within the Yankee organization.

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    1. sportsattitudes/Bruce

      I don’t mind the fact that Derek Jeter is taking that last final lap before riding off into the sunset ! Unfortunately, the Yankees’ shortstop is amongst a dying breed within baseball , because he can genuinely been seen as a role model . Granted , he has never been openly critical of many of his peers embroiled in the steroids’ era , but the same can be said of the union itself and the MLB hierarchy and their continued ineptitude shown in addressing the issue ,

      As I have alluded to in this piece , in terms of the comments , the closest player , the league now has to Jeter in terms possible stature and talent may well be Angels’ outfielder Mike Trout . Unlike many of his peers , he has yet to be embroiled in any major controversy on or off the field of play. However, in terms of his time with the Angels, if Mike Sciocsia , his coaching staff cannot get this team playing with type of passion shown by Trout , then Jerry Dipoto and Arte Moreno may well have to start thinking seriously about dismantling the roster or better yet , firing the manager .

      It has been several years since the Angels made the postseason and each season over the past few years they have been drifting further behind the likes of the Texas Rangers and Oakland A’s .

      Trout and his agents at LSW Baseball , now have to be angling to get the player a multi-year deal commensurate with other players of his standing .

      tophatal …………….

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  8. Very nice writeup. Like Jeter too. Hell if he doesn’t go in first time he is eligible….something will be rotten. Man has class.

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    1. Al Clements

      The idiots from the BBWAA (Baseball Writers’ Association of America) who chooses not to make it a unanimous vote in 2020 for Derek Jeter’s induction into the Hall of Fame ought to be taken out at dawn and summarily executed either by a firing squad or be subjected to a public castration and disemboweling .

      Is that a little too harsh in your honest opinion ? I mean the castration and disemboweling !

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  9. bobby gee

    The late George Steinbrenner would never have let the Alex Rodriguez “affair” got to the stage where it did and with it causing a great deal of disruption within the organization . Steinbrenner would have challenged the union (MLBPA) in the courts , had they sought to challenge his removing the player from the team and simply voiding his contract . Unfortunately , it’s his kids ( Hal , Hank , Jessica and Jennifer ) who are showing that they do not possess their father’s deftness , toughness or business acumen to run the organization with any great guile or guise and that is in spite of the other experienced board members , there within the front office .

    Steinbrenner  family

    The Steinbrenner family , from left to right , Jennifer , Jessica , Hal and Hank along with their mother , matriarch Joan Steinbrenner (center) .

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  10. bobby gee

    Even with the acquisitions of Masahiro Tanaka , Carlos Beltran , Jacoby Ellsbury , Brian McCann and others this off-season . I do not believe that this current Yankees’ team will be good enough to win the AL East much less gain a wild card berth this season . To win that division this year , Yankees will have to play .550 to .600 baseball or better to be in with a chance for either of the premises to take place for them . In essence the New York Yankees will have to win at a minimum no less than 89 games and at the top-end 106 games .

    The last time the Yankees won in excess of 100 games in a season, was in 2009 , the year of their last postseason triumph and before that , it was in 2004 .

    Jeter and A Rod look on during the 2004 ALCS , a series which the Yankees led 3-0 , only to then lose the final four games of the seven game series to the Boston Red Sox. Boston would then go on to win the World Series . The Yankees sucked in that series

    The Red Sox celebrate having just kicked the Yankees’ ass in the 2004 ALCS and deservedly so !

    If you remember that was the year in 2004 when the team (Yankees) folded like a cheap suit in their ACLS contest , when they were up 3-0 to the Boston Red Sox , only to then go on to lose the final four games , which led to the Red Sox winning the first of their three most recent World Series triumphs , of which two came under then manager Terry Francona , with the third coming under John Farrell last season , in his first season as the manager of the team .

    🙂

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  11. You know there’s no common sense within the New York media market when their idiot members of the print and television media are talking about CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira as the assumed vocal leaders on this team . Hell Joe Girardi as the manager , was all over the place last season with his roster , as he could not , from one minute to the next , tell you whom he felt he could place his faith in. Now these media @ssholes believe , that Sabathia and Teixeira are now ready to assume any type of leadership role ? Putzes !

    For the monetary outlay being made by the Yankees to each of the players in question , when neither has been able to show any consistency . You have to believe that this is merely wishful thinking on the part of these idiots within the media market within New York , as a whole !

    Courtesy of the Wall St Journal

    Is the Yankees Next Captain Already in the Clubhouse?

    By Daniel Barbarisi , Wall St Journal

    Jeter/

    Derek Jeter works out at the Yankees’ training facility in Tampa , Fla on Wednesday . AP

    TAMPA, Fla.—For the past 15 years, every new free-agent signee who has walked into the Yankee clubhouse on the first day of spring training has known the drill.

    On other teams, these players might have arrived as immediate clubhouse leaders. On Derek Jeter’s Yankees, however, they were there to follow the captain’s lead. In New York’s media maelstrom, Jeter’s steady hand guiding the clubhouse was almost as important to the Yankees as his superlative bat.

    But in 2015, Jeter will be gone, and it will be up to someone else to lead the team. Interestingly, the man some believe will be Jeter’s successor has never even played a game in pinstripes.

    Yankee owner Hal Steinbrenner spent big bucks to bring catcher Brian McCann to New York this winter. Partly, that was because of the leadership qualities the fiery catcher demonstrated in eight years with the Atlanta Braves. First, McCann was a trusted lieutenant of Chipper Jones; when Jones retired, McCann, 29, rose up as the undisputed leader of the Braves clubhouse.

    “He’s a very smart guy, and he knows that this is Derek Jeter’s clubhouse,” said team owner Hal Steinbrenner . “And he’s said that. But I think naturally he’s a leader, and that comes out. It’s just a matter of time.”

    McCann dodged the idea that he might someday be the player who leads the Yankees. “I haven’t even played a game,” he said. “It’s not the case. I haven’t even put the uniform on yet. I think that word gets thrown around a little bit too much for me. No one is going to replace that guy.”

    But then, as leaders do, he went further than needed and outlined his philosophy: Get everyone going in the same direction. Trust them to do the right thing. Speak out when they don’t.

    “I’m not a big guy [on being] set in your ways,” McCann said. “You can get 25 guys pulling in one direction

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    Projected team payrolls for the 2014 MLB season with the salaries of the highest paid players and at each position in the game.

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  12. Jeter is probably the only Yankee I’ve ever liked. Oh wait, Thurman Munson too.

    He made the Yankees winning all those championships at least somewhere bearable.

    Or maybe it was just the coincidence of me caring less about the sport.

    Either way, he’s already top ten on the all-time hit list and by the time this season is over, should he remain healthy, he’ll probably end his career in the top six.

    That ain’t bad, man.

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  13. Chris Humpherys(@SportsChump)

    Here’s all you will need to know concerning Derek Jeter by the time he’s due for eligibility (2020) to the Hall of Fame . He’s likely to be the active leader in hits and be inside the top twenty-five for runs batted in (RBI’s- career) .

    Also , the BBWAA (Baseball Writers’ Association of America) , if they’re not intelligent enough to vote him in with , at least a unanimous vote far exceeding the 75% required under their statute, then each adjudicator from that less than esteemed body as I currently see it, ought to be removed and have their credentials revoked in its entirety ! There remains a great deal of hypocrisy within the game of baseball , but none more so than from the Baseball Writers’ Association , along with Bud Selig , baseball’s hierarchy , team owners and the union (MLBPA) . They have each simply done a piss poor job as it relates to their custodianship of their respective areas of the sport . Both TNT , TBS , Fox , MLB Network and ESPN have also played their part along with the entire print media with their own ongoing hypocrisy !

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