Derek Jeter is getting married

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I suppose this means that Tim McCarver will have to stop writing “Mrs. Derek Jeter” over and over again in his notebook:

After months of speculation that the Yankees’ hunk and his sexy
steady Minka Kelly are headed to the altar, The Post has learned that
the super couple may have settled on a wedding date — Nov. 5.

November 5th, eh? So I guess the champagne shower the Yankees should be favored to be taking earlier that week can double as a bachelor party.  My favorite bit from the story is this, however:

After getting a tip about the upcoming nuptials, The Post confirmed the
date by spotting a curious entry in the official calendar at the ritzy
reception palace Oheka Castle in Huntington, LI, for the first Friday
in November that read simply “JETER wedding.”

Uh-oh. Now that he knows where it is, I lay even odds on McCarver driving like mad to get to the ceremony, busting in, fighting off the families by ripping the cross off the wall, barricading the door, and then escaping with Jeter onto a waiting bus and donning ambiguous facial expressions as they drive away to some Simon and Garfunkel song.

Mike Trout has yet to strike out this spring

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Everyone is well aware of how good Angels outfielder Mike Trout is at the game of baseball. The 26-year-old is already an all-time great, having won two MVP awards — and arguably deserving of two others — and the 2012 Rookie of the Year Award. He has accrued 54.2 WAR, per Baseball Reference, which is right around the threshold for a Hall of Fame career. Trout does it all: he draws walks, he hits for average, he hits for power, he steals bases, he plays good defense.

But here’s an achievement that is amazing even for a player like Trout: he has yet to strike out this spring. In 41 Cactus League plate appearances, he has 10 hits (including a triple and two homers) and six walks with zero strikeouts. Across his career, Trout has a 21.5 percent strikeout rate, right around the league average. He isn’t usually such a stickler for avoiding the punch-out, but this spring he is.

To put this in perspective, 134 players this spring have struck out at least 10 times, according to 938 players have struck out at least once. The only other players to have taken at least 10 at-bats without striking out this spring are Humberto Arteaga (Royals, 23 AB), Tony Cruz (Reds, 18 AB), Oscar Hernandez (Red Sox, 10 AB), and Jacob Stallings (Pirates, 18 AB).

According to Angels assistant hitting coach Paul Sorrento, the lack of strikeouts hasn’t been a conscious effort from Trout, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. Ho hum. The best player in baseball is apparently getting even better.