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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jul 18, 2011 at 01:40:01 AM

I don’t know about you but I can’t get enough of leafing through the Derek Jeter list of his 3,000+ hits. There are a million ways (not really a million ways) you can break it down even nearly a week later and those are more interesting than other things associated with the milestone.

You can go lefty/righty, by first name, starter or reliever, Red Sox, Orioles, guys from California, the Dominican Republic. You get the idea and I did none of those things, what I did was find the hits of pitchers that Jeter was a teammate of at some point and that counts pitchers who did not last one month as a Yankee

The first teammate that Jeter got a hit off was Randy Johnson. Johnson was here 2005-2006 and Jeter’s third hit came off the “Big Unit” on May 31, 1995 and that

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jun 26, 2011 at 11:31:27 AM

Today is June 26 and 37 years ago, the Yankees played a weekday afternoon game over the Indians and fell short with a 3-2 loss at Shea Stadium.

The shortstop that day for the Yankees was Jim Mason and eventually Gene Michael, who moved from second to shortstop. It was doubtful that Michael knew 18 years later he would be responsible for drafting another shortstop born sometime that day.

Elsewhere on that day, the shortstop that Michael would have a key role in drafting 18 years later was starting his life as the first Yankee to reach 3,000 hits and that would be Derek Jeter.

A month ago if you said Jeter would not have reached the milestone by now, more of that slump talk would have polluted the airwaves, but today Jeter won’t reach that mark because he is in Tampa Bay rehabbing

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 19, 2011 at 03:26:39 AM

It was sometime after midnight when Yankee fans watching last night's game could finally take a few breaths and exhale. That was after the Yankees won what seemed to be a war of baseball attrition by scoring three in the 15th for a 4-1 win over the Orioles.

We wish we could be as calm as Bartolo Colon pitching those eight innings (and you could have made the argument for Colon pitching the ninth even with Mariano Rivera). We wish we could be as calm as Hector Noesi making his major league debut by pitching four innings and surviving four walks and four hits. We wish we could be as calm as we know Rivera will be the next time he appears. We also wish we could be as calm as Chris Dickerson after making a great catch at the wall.

Of course this isn't the first time the Yankees have played

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

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 20, 2010 at 01:33:21 PM

Today is October 20 and the first of three potential elimination dates for the Yankees, who are now without first baseman Mark Teixeira (strained hamstring).

So that means Robinson Cano bats third. Cano is the only Yankee hitting really well and in limited action as a third-place hitter, he is 7-for-19 with a home run and eight RBI in five games.

"The way Robby has been swinging, we just talked about getting him more at-bats and moving him up," manager Joe Girardi said.

A year ago on this date, everything clicked for the Yankees, who pushed the Angels to the brink of elimination with a 10-1 victory. CC Sabathia allowed one run and five hits in eight innings and Alex Rodriguez drove in three and hit his third home run of the series.

Sabathia takes the mound this afternoon and has not

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 14, 2010 at 12:19:35 AM

In the 1989 movie "Major League", fictional Indians manager Lou Brown said that winning “three in a row” can be defined as a winning streak.  He was telling that to his no-name group of players assembled with the purpose of finishing last and moving the team.

For the Yankees, that inverse of that comment is true.

In the last 16 months, the Yankees have avoided losing more than three straight until last night’s thriller of a game which was decided when Reid Brignac hit an 11th-inning home run off Sergio Mitre.

The last instance of more than three straight losses was May 2-7 when the Yankees lost the final five games until Alex Rodriguez returned from his hip injury. They gave up 33 runs in home losses to the Angels, Red Sox and Tampa Bay.

The next three-game losing