Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is in his 20th and final season in the majors, but he managed to do something last night for the first time in his long and storied career. It wasn’t a good thing.
Jeter had his first 0-for-7 as the Yankees lost 10-5 to the Rays in 14 innings. As Danny Knobler of ESPN New York notes, the 39-year-old had gone hitless 596 other times in his career, including 0-for-6 on multiple occasions, but never an 0-for-7 until last night. It obviously takes a unique situation to make that possible. And last night’s game was exactly that. It was a strange one.
Jeter grounded out five times and flew out twice in the loss. He had a chance to play hero in the bottom of the 13th, but grounded out with the bases loaded. His batting average dropped from .272 to .250 in one night.
“I don’t even remember the first four of them,” Jeter told the Associated Press after the game. “It’s one of those days, know what I mean? Some days when you think you’ve seen it all, there’s something new.”
After the 14-inning marathon last night, Jeter is understandably getting a rest this afternoon.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Mathis, 33, isn’t much with the stick as he owns a career .197/.254/.308 triple-slash line over parts of 12 seasons in the majors. The veteran, though, is well-regarded for his ability to play defense, call games, handle a pitching staff, and get along with his teammates in the clubhouse. As Craig mentioned last year, Mathis is often talked about as a future manager.
As the D-Backs non-tendered Welington Castillo on Friday, Chris Herrmann and Mathis are the team’s two catchers as presently constructed.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins wants to continue playing in 2017.
Rollins, 38, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for the 2016 season but hit a disappointing .221/.295/.329 over 166 plate appearances. The club released Rollins in the middle of June and he did not sign with a new team. He did join TBS as part of their playoff coverage.
Rollins is almost certainly looking at another minor league contract and will have to earn his way onto a major league roster by performing well in spring training.