Derek Jeter smiling

Welcome to St. Jetersburg

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The New York Times has a feature on the outrageously large house Derek Jeter has built down in Tampa. Cost?! No man can say!

The 30,875-square-foot mansion, which overlooks Hillsborough Bay, features seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a pool, two boat lifts, a drive-through portico and a pair of three-car garages flanking the north and south ends of the property.

Look, I know he has more money than God and is the biggest star in baseball over the past 20 years or so, but on what planet does a single guy with no kids need a 30,875-square-foot mansion?

Sometimes my wife and I play the “what would we do if we won $200 million in the Powerball” game.  It almost always involves a relatively human-scale yet fortified compound that is generally hidden from civilization.

Why anyone would want to build a giant, gleaming white house that fronts a public thoroughfare like Jeter’s does is beyond me. But it certainly does make all of the “Derek Jeter is a humble and private man” stuff that tends to get written about him seem rather silly. He can do whatever he wants, of course, but  there is nothing at all private or humble about this Xanadu he has constructed.

Rangers sign Josh Hamilton to a minor league deal

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The Texas Rangers have signed Josh Hamilton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Not at all surprising. The Rangers released Hamilton last August, but that was simply to make some room on the 40-man roster. His season was already toast due to the surgery he underwent to repair lateral and meniscus cartilage in his left knee which had the added bonus of revealing that he had an ACL injury as well, which required reconstruction. At the time of his release both he and the Rangers made noises about him coming back on a minor league deal in 2017.

Hamilton turns 36 in May. The smart money has it that his big league career is over, but Hamilton would be silly to retire given that he is owed $30 million this coming season. That the Angels are paying $26.41 million of that makes it far less painful for the Rangers as well. If he can hit in the spring, hey, let him DH some and pay him low money. If not, no skin off of anyone’s nose. He can request a release on April 1 if he hasn’t made the big league roster.

A-Rod to host a reality show featuring broke ex-athletes

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Alex Rodriguez’s transition into retirement has featured a serious move into the business world. He has gone back to school, worked seriously on investments and has started his own corporation. Yes, he’s set for life after making more money than any baseball player in history, but even if his bank account wasn’t fat, you get the sense that he’d be OK given what we’ve seen of his work ethic and savvy in recent years.

He’s going to be getting another paycheck soon, though. For hosting a reality show featuring athletes who are not in as good a financial shape as A-Rod is:

Interesting. Hopefully, like so many other reality shows featuring the formerly rich and famous, this one is not exploitative. Not gonna hold my breath because that’s what that genre is all about, unfortunately, but here’s hoping A-Rod can help some folks with this.