Results for tag: Derek Jeter
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 16, 2011 at 04:05:50 AM

The year began with an 11-game watching streak as in I had watched every Yankee game to date. That came to an end last night when I elected to step out to a bar and watch the Rangers-Capitals game, which was a failure in itself for the Rangers.

Technically I saw enough, since the Yankee game was on another TV, but six double plays were missed, something I didn't know until hearing it on the radio updates. That tied an AL record and was the 13th time in a nine-inning game when Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Andruw Jones and Nick Swisher did it against Matt Harrison in last night's 5-3 loss.

So naturally I wondered what other games that occurred in and time was wasted looking for it until I found it on baseball-reference.com. Now my next source of curiousity

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 13, 2011 at 06:14:51 PM

Today is April 13 and the weather is similar to yesterday, just without the rain that caused yesterday's postponement and a year ago, Hector Noesi was in the early stages of spliting the year between three different minor league levels and ending the year.

Noesi is here because Luis Ayala is not due to being on the DL with a strained lat and his promotion means only one lefty is present in the pen and that is Boone Logan, who was in that situation late last year after Damaso Marte went down. Not much is known how long that will be the case since Pedro Feliciano is not slated to return anytime soon from his elbow injury.

That means in spots that Logan is not used, Davd Robertson could face some left-handed hitters, especially if it occurs before the eighth and ninth inning.

"It's something

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 12, 2011 at 06:01:18 PM

Today is April 12 and weather.com is "assuring" a 100 percent chance of rain for tonight's game. Actually they're right, it's pouring as I'm typing.

A year ago, the Orioles were already beginning their descent into what ultimately became the Buck Showalter era and since August 3, the results have been mostly positive.

The Orioles are the fourth club since 1990 to begin the season with three straight road victories by allowing one run or less.

The others were the 2007 Mets, 2003 Twins and 1991 White Sox. Each team won at least 87 or more games.

Anyway, the Yankees will face a team that is 40-26 since Buck Showalter took over in August and the difference was very noticable when these teams met at Yankee Stadium Sept. 6-8.

As for the Yankees, should they actually play, which seems like

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 11, 2011 at 01:25:04 PM

In case you haven't noticed, professional sports is an occupation where icons tend not to age gracefully in terms of production. When that happens, it becomes a delicate balance and issue for those in charge of getting the team to succed.

Though it is only nine games, it may be the case concerning Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada's early struggles.

Jeter spent most of spring training tinkering with his stride and it seemed to work, but one week in, he is batting .206 after a 1-for-13 weekend and looks lost in one paper. A year ago, he batted .333 through nine games before tumbling to .270.

That being said, what if Jeter is still batting .206 a month from now? Would he be moved from second to the lower part of the order by Joe Girardi. The track record of Jeter seem to indicate he won't hit

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 7, 2011 at 12:00:41 PM

Today is April 7 and 34 years ago, Catfish Hunter pitched seven shutout innings and held the Milwaukee Brewers to seven hits to kick off the 1977 season.

That happened to be four days after A.J. Burnett turned three months old and today Burnett makes his second start in what he hopes will be a significant bounce-back campaign from a year ago. Burnett began the season Saturday against Detroit with five servicable innings in a 10-6 win.

The Yankees would love to get the type of performance from Burnett that Billy Martin received from Hunter 34 years ago, though they'll take seven innings with something like five hits and two runs, especially since Burnett does not have the head cold he had last week.

"It makes you feel better about his stamina and being able to give you a substantial

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 6, 2011 at 05:39:29 PM

Today is April 6 and a year ago, Rafael Soriano was in Tampa Bay and was the winning pitcher in a 4-3 Rays' victory over the Orioles. That day, Soriano began a 45-save season by working out of a bases-loaded jam.

Last night, Soriano failed to work out of the same situation as he gave up three walks for the first time as a relief pitcher. Then he did one of the cardinal sins, especially in New York and that was not owning up to it.

Whether he pitches a third straight game remains to be seen, especially since he has thrown 51 pitches during the last two games, but one thing is certain, Soriano deserves a lot of credit for apologizing. Not only did he apologize but he was authentic, engaging and vowed it would never occur again.

"I think it takes character and I think it takes self-evaluation

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Mar 29, 2011 at 12:50:18 AM

At some point, likely sometime between June 1-30, Derek Jeter will become the 28th man to reach 3,000 hits and first Yankee to do so. It is a mark with the exception of Pete Rose and Rafael Palmeiro ensures automatic entry into the Hall of Fame.

Of course, everyone wants to know when that milestone will occur. There is not an exact science or reasoning to picking a date. The only way to do it unscientifically is to research when his 74th hit occured in each of his previous seasons with the exception of 2003.

In 1996 when he won the AL rookie of the year, Jeter reached his 74th hit on July 2 during a four-hit performance in a 7-5 win over the Yankees. That day, Jeter's average was .278 and if he takes that long to get it this year, that means the milestone will be reached in the second

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Nov 24, 2010 at 11:18:31 AM

When Derek Jeter walks up to the plate at Yankee Stadium, his music selection is a fairly well-known hip-hop selection. Recently, he has used “Juicy” by Biggie Smalls, “You Gots to Chill” by EPMD and “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.

The way this "drama"over Jeter’s first free agency negotiations are going, perhaps his song of choice with the Yankees next season will be “Take it Personal” by Gang Starr

Below are the opening lyrics to this early-1990s song and of course since these talks are dealing with absurd amounts of money, this should be taken in context.

"I never thought that you would crab me
Undermine me and backstab me
But I can see clearly now the rain is gone
The pain is gone but what you did was

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 17, 2010 at 05:35:25 PM

Today is October 17 and a year ago, the Yankees were beating the Angels in 13 innings on Jerry Hairston’s dash to the plate. That gave them a 2-0 lead heading into three games in Anaheim, meaning the Yankees had five games to win two.

Now because of the events of Game Two, the Yankees face a five-game series with the Rangers and whoever wins three games first will be the AL Champion.

Many wondered how the Rangers would respond to blowing a five-run lead in Game One. The answer was pretty clear when they laid a 7-2 beating on the Yankees yesterday.

In their first trip to Yankee Stadium since mid-April, the Rangers worked out first as by taking a loose session of fielding, throwing and batting practice to go along with a drill of pitcher’s fielding practice.

Maybe it is because

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 16, 2010 at 02:38:20 AM

I haven't the slightest idea what you can say about what occured in a span of 35 minutes between 10:45 and 11:15, other than - whoa!, wow or holy @@@@!. Perhaps the win warble that John Sterling unleashed at 11:57 sums it up best, but this was a win, a hardcore comeback of epic proportions.

It can be classified this way because until about 10:30 nothing was doing and it was turning out to be a lost night since the Rangers lost their home opener to the Maple Leafs while losing two key players. So you might have been closing on acceptance, thinking, ok no big deal, the Yankees have lost Game One of a series and still won before.

Fifteen minutes later and with a run already on the board thanks to Robinson Cano's home run in the seventh, Brett Gardner legs out an infield hit with some big-time

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