Results for tag: Derek Jeter
Posted by: Jack Curry on Jul 11, 2011 at 02:08:35 PM

An unrelenting confidence has always been one of Derek Jeter’s most important attributes. His steely stubbornness has been an important attribute, too. Jeter has always believed he could be one of the elite players in baseball and, even if there were moments where some doubts emerged, he was too stubborn to ever let those moments fester.

When Jeter blasted an unlikely homer off David Price for his 3,000th hit on Saturday, he made an at-bat that was memorable and historic into something even more grandiose. How could something be more memorable or more historic? Maybe it can’t, but, ask anyone who witnessed the homer and they will surely acknowledge that it seemed that way.

As Jeter’s day began so successfully and unfolded so incredibly, a baseball game turned into a

Posted by: Jack Curry on Jul 8, 2011 at 02:24:22 PM

When Derek Jeter made his debut at shortstop for the Yankees on May 29, 1995, Wade Boggs was standing about 40 feet to Jeter’s right at third base. Boggs was a five-time batting champion who was known for being a smart, selective hitter. Jeter studied Boggs because Jeter studied everything.

The Yankees signed Boggs from the hated Red Sox before the 1993 season because general manager Gene Michael wanted players who valued on-base percentage. Long before Billy Beane and “Moneyball,” Michael and Manager Buck Showalter desired batters like Boggs, hitters who understood the importance of extending at-bats. One of Boggs’s most memorable at-bats as a Yankee was a bases-loaded walk in the 1996 World Series.

Now Jeter has never been close to being as patient as Boggs.

Posted by: Jack Curry on Jul 6, 2011 at 03:01:07 PM

Craig Biggio knew he had to relish the moment that he collected his 3,000th hit, but a part of him also wanted to hustle past it as if he was trying to turn a single into a double.  Biggio wanted to dive into the exclusive club, wipe the dirt off his uniform, wave to the fans, hug his family and get back to playing.

Biggio thinks Derek Jeter is probably feeling the same way.

As the last player to reach 3,000 hits, Biggio’s insight into Jeter’s pursuit is valuable. While Biggio acknowledged that he doesn’t know Jeter well, he knows exactly what it’s like to enter a season in which the chase for 3,000 was a daily story. Everyone expected Biggio to do it four years ago, just like everyone expects Jeter will soon get his four hits, but the player is the one who must

Posted by: Jack Curry on Jun 10, 2011 at 01:21:34 PM

Derek Jeter was on the field by 3:30 on Tuesday afternoon, which is more than an hour earlier than he normally saunters out of the clubhouse. Jeter, a creature of habit, played the early bird to tape two public service announcements and to do two interviews, one with Nomar Garciaparra for ESPN and one with me for the YES Network.

Jeter knew what was coming. The questions weren’t going to focus on the Yankees or the Red Sox. On this day, the questions were about Jeter’s pursuit of 3,000 hits. When I asked Jeter what could lie beyond 3,000 and if he thinks 3,500 hits could be attainable, he wasn’t ready to predict the future.

“Let me get to 3,000,” Jeter said. “I’m not even to 2,990 yet.”

After Jeter smacked a single off Josh Beckett in a

Posted by: Jack Curry on May 24, 2011 at 02:19:26 PM

When Brian Butterfield coaches third base for the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium this week, he stands about 50 feet away from his former pupil. When one of the Jays smacks a grounder to shortstop, Butterfield studies how Derek Jeter, his old student, moves. Butterfield watches Jeter, but he could just as easily close his eyes. He would still be able to recite Jeter’s movements.

Eighteen years ago, Butterfield, a coach in the Yankees’ organization, was given an important offseason assignment: Help make the athletic yet inconsistent Jeter a better defensive shortstop. It was Butterfield’s task to guarantee that Jeter, who had made 56 errors in 128 games at Class-A Greensboro, was proficient enough as a shortstop that the Yankees could confidently keep him there.


Posted by: Jack Curry on May 10, 2011 at 12:49:28 PM

Nine days ago, Derek Jeter was hitting .250. He had 23 hits in his first 92 at-bats, about half of them infield hits. As Jeter got ready for a Sunday game with the Blue Jays, I asked him a few questions by his locker. I was curious to know if Jeter felt better about his much-dissected swing, if he had made any adjustments, and how quickly he expected that .250 beside his name to turn into a thicker number.

When I mentioned Jeter’s career average of .314 during one of my questions, Jeter offered an interesting response. He didn’t answer the question. Instead, he honed in on the shiny statistic that I had cited and supplied his perspective.

"If I go 4-for-4 in the next two games, I’ll be there,” Jeter said. He was basically correct; if he went 8-for-8, he would

Posted by: Jack Curry on Dec 7, 2010 at 08:59:20 PM

TAMPA – Ask Derek Jeter where he will be eating dinner and he might say, “A restaurant.” Ask Jeter where he plans to travel on vacation and he might say, “Someplace warm.” Ask Jeter to describe a conversation with a teammate, a conversation 50,000 people saw, and he might say, “I don’t remember it.” For Jeter, dispensing a modicum of information is a sound strategy.

Throughout Jeter’s successful career, he has been the master at protecting his privacy. Jeter is politely evasive, routinely declining to discuss injuries, insults or innuendo. At the beginning of Jeter’s career, he decided that he never wanted his own words to create trouble. So Jeter has been selective about what he will discuss, a shrewd way to avoid controversies.

Posted by: Jack Curry on Dec 4, 2010 at 06:20:50 PM

When the Yankees met with Derek Jeter last Tuesday, both sides promised to be creative in trying to bridge a gulf that existed in their contract negotiations. Less than a week later, that’s exactly what the Yankees and their shortstop did in finally agreeing to a deal Saturday. The deal is pending Jeter passing a physical.

Jeter and the Yankees agreed to a three-year, $51 million contract that could also include a fourth year. Jeter has a player option for $8 million in the fourth year, which could boost his guaranteed money to $56 million. In addition, Jeter has the chance to earn up to $9 million in incentives in the fourth year.

The deal averages to $17 million for the first three years, which includes a $3 million buyout in the fourth year. If Jeter doesn’t exercise the

Posted by: Jack Curry on Dec 4, 2010 at 11:39:20 AM

Derek Jeter has officially agreed to a three-year contract with the Yankees for between $15 and $17 million a year, according to a person directly involved in the negotiations. The deal includes a fourth-year option that isn't a vesting or club option. The deal was consummated on Saturday afternoon and is pending a physical.

The fourth year of the deal was important to Jeter, who said in spring training that he wanted to play four or five more seasons. But the Yankees didn’t want to guarantee a fourth year to Jeter, who had the worst season of his career when he batted .270 in 2010 and who will turn 37 years old in June. The sides vowed to be creative in trying to secure a deal, which is why they were finalizing a hybrid option that will include various elements and won’t be

Posted by: Jack Curry on Dec 1, 2010 at 07:35:27 PM

The meeting lasted about four hours on Tuesday night, hours in which the Yankees talked, Derek Jeter listened and then Jeter talked and the Yankees listened. While there has been contentiousness in the negotiations between two sides that need each other, this meeting was respectful and polite.

Although Jeter and the Yankees didn't come close to an agreement on Tuesday, people who have been briefed on the discussion said it was a vital development in the negotiations. The meeting enabled the Yankees to reiterate that they wanted Jeter and allowed Jeter to reiterate that he wanted to finish his career as a Yankee. After the verbal sparring over Jeter's value, delivering those words face-to-face was important to igniting the stagnant talks.

Casey Close, Jeter's agent, contacted Hal Steinbrenner,