Author: Craig Calcaterra

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The Astros will interview Phil Nevin for their open managerial gig


Brian McTaggart of reports that the Astros have asked the Dbacks permission to interview Phil Nevin for their managerial job. Nevin is currently the manager for the Dbacks Triple-A team in Reno.

Nevin has a lot of minor league managing experience. He served three seasons at Triple-A Toledo before Arizona hired him before this season. Heck, if Kirk Gibson gets fired, he may have a shot at the Dbacks top job too.

Oh, and in keeping with the news of the day: Nevin was the number one overall pick in the 1992 draft. A few slots ahead of Derek Jeter. Which caused some consternation at the time, and especially since.

The Diamondbacks have reached an agreement with Dave Stewart

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Yesterday Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that the Dbacks had offered Dave Stewart their GM job. It looks like it’s all signed and sealed now:

They are also getting a well-respected Dodgers assistant in the deal:

No word on whether Watson was hired because is familiar with the Dodgers’ strategies for attacking the pool at Chase Field, now enabling the Dbacks to better defend it.

“Derek Jeter saved my family”

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No, this is not a humor post and no I am not mocking someone for having an overblown Jeter take. That is actually the headline to a wonderful and touching story from Elizabeth Taddonio at The Hairpin about how Derek Jeter and the mid-90s Yankees meant so much to her family which, at the time, was falling apart:

The years of 1995 and 1996 were some of the worst times of my life. My mother was erratic and verbally abusive. She was hiding liquor from my dad. At one of her lowest points she hid a bottle of SKOL vodka in my Barbie bin, on the top shelf of my closet. When I went to get it down the bottle hit me in the head and I saw stars. I didn’t tell her; I hid it and gave it to my dad when he got home. I was 10 years old.

But the seasons changed again, and in spring of 1996 this beautiful 22-year-old kid was finally playing for the Yankees. I remember that season: how I felt about the Braves. I remember how excited we were during playoffs and how we ordered pizza and I stayed up way too late and we were just so happy in my house.

Baseball isn’t as important as real life. Not by damn sight. But it can be a shelter from the storm of the real world and the good memories one associates with it can go a long way toward alleviating some of the pain that real life dealt you at the same time.

[ RELATED: Derek Jeter’s career, in photos ]

The biggest thing to realize about Derek Jeter — or any other meaningful ballplayer — leaving the stage is that it matters not one bit what the reporters and commentators say about it. Whether the backlash or the backlash to the backlash is more salient at any given moment. What matters is what he meant to the fans who rooted for him and enjoyed his career. What the baseball games he played meant to them.

(h/t Allison)

Apparently, baseball will start dying once Derek Jeter retires

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From a Time Magazine story called “Baseball’s Derek Jeter Problem”

The Derek Jeter problem extends to all of baseball. Despite his shaky last-season performance, Jeter is still the most familiar, marketable, beloved player in the game. And right now, the sport has no one to replace him . . . According to Q Scores Company, among active athletes recognized by more than half the U.S. population, Jeter owns the second-highest “Q score” – a general favorability rating – trailing only Peyton Manning. The bad news: no other baseball player ranks in the top 15. “Baseball players aren’t even on the national radar for the general population,” says Henry Schafer, an executive vice president at Q Scores. “They’re just not out there like players from other sports.”

I would like to see local Q scores. I would also like to see what these scores said about baseball players in the mid-90s, when Derek Jeter made his debut. I suppose they all worried who would take Cal Ripken’s place as the Face of the Game when he retired.

[ RELATED: Derek Jeter’s career, in photos ]