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Bud Selig presents Derek Jeter with the 15th Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award


You can watch here as Bud Selig presents the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award to retiring shortstop Derek Jeter on Tuesday evening in the Yankee Stadium press room …

This award is not given out annually; rather, it’s presented to individuals or teams at the commissioner’s discretion. Jeter is the 15th recipient. The others: Roberto Clemente, Vin Scully, Ichiro Suzuki, Ken Griffey Jr., Rachel Robinson (the widow of Jackie Robinson), Mariano Rivera, Tony Gwynn, Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson, Roger Clemens, Cal Ripken Jr., Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and the 2001 Mariners.

MORE AT NBCSPORTS.COM: Selig says Jeter would make a “fabulous” MLB owner one day

Do you want to see Derek Jeter’s highlights done with minifigures? Tough, you’re gonna.

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Every day brings us another bit of weird Derek Jeter weirdness and excess. Why should today be any different?

J.J. Hardy likes playing for the Orioles, but “whatever happens, happens” in free agency

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J.J. Hardy cut off contract extension talks with the Orioles when the two sides were unable to come to an agreement in April, so now the impending free agent shortstop is on the verge of hitting the open market.

Hardy told Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun that he’d like to re-sign with the Orioles, but noted that “everything changes” once free agency enters the picture. “If I make it to free agency, it’s whatever happens, happens.”

Hardy is finishing up a three-year, $22.5 million contract, during which he’s hit .257 with 56 homers and a .700 OPS while playing 454 of a possible 480 games following lots of previous questions about his durability.

He’s also remained an excellent defensive shortstop into his 30s and Fan Graphs pegs his offensive and defensive contributions as being worth $48 million during the three-year contract based on Wins Above Replacement. In other words, Hardy has given the Orioles a lot more value than they paid for.

Now the question is will teams–including the division rival Yankees, who need a Derek Jeter replacement–be willing to make a big multi-year commitment to a 32-year-old shortstop.

Tired of the Jeter love? Here’a “Derek Jeter is a hypocrite” column for you

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Ken Davidoff is normally a pretty reliably good columnist. Especially for a New York columnist. But one has to wonder what the heck is going on with his latest outing, in which he lambastes Derek Jeter as a hypocrite.

Why is he a hypocrite? Because he appeared at a memorabilia event for Steiner Sports yesterday, apparently. Which, fine, Steiner Sports sort of icky in some ways, but it’s not like a ballplayer doing such things is unusual. Jeter has been doing that kind of thing for years. And even if you don’t like Steiner Sports, a lot of fans love that stuff. It certainly doesn’t warrant the comp to “NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his inept, arrogant team of public-relation gurus,” that Davidoff makes.

It makes me wonder if the Post editors told him “hey, do a Jeter hit piece. It will stand out!” Because I’ve been reading Davidoff for years, and never have I seen him miss the forest for such a tiny, unremarkable little sapling like this.

And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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Indians 4, Royals 3; Royals 2, Indians 0: The resumption of the suspended game was probably a foregone conclusion, though the Royals did make it interesting by adding a run in the 10th. The full game was far more interesting from their perspective, however, as Danny Duffy tossed six shutout innings and the bullpen did the rest. This, combined with the Tigers’ loss pulls Kansas City to within one of Detroit in the division. This combined with the Mariners’ loss gives them a two-game lead in the wild card. Not a bad night all things considered.

White Sox 2, Tigers 0: Chris Bassitt — who I will freely admit I had never heard of before the moment I read this box score — tossed seven and two-thirds shutout innings against the second best offense in the American League. Tyler Flowers with a two-run homer for all of the game’s offense. Bassitt is from the Toledo area, I gather, so dominating the Tigers in Detroit was probably pretty special to him.

Blue Jays 14, Mariners 4: Seattle does not, to put it bluntly, keep pace. Jose Bautista was 3 for 3 with a homer and walked to reach base a fourth time. The walk came with the bases loaded. James Paxton was absolutely rocked. And not in a good, Def Leppard kind of way. It was in a bad, nine runs in two and two-thirds kind of way.

Athletics 8, Angels 4: Oakland does, in contrast, keep pace and remains at the top of the wild card standings. The A’s plated six in the first inning and Jeff Samardzija was excellent, allowing only an unearned run in seven innings. The pen was not as excellent — Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer off of Evan Scribner — but Oakland had enough of a margin by then.

Giants 5, Dodgers 2: The Giants still have some fight in them for the division, pulling to within three and a half of L.A. after this 13-inning win. Andrew Susac singled home the go-ahead run with two outs in the 13th and then Gregor Blanco put it away, more or less, with a two-run double. Blanco also homered to lead off the game. Even if the Giants don’t catch L.A., the win helps them keep pace with the Pirates, whom they must beat out by a game in order to host the wild card matchup.


Yankees 5, Orioles 0: Derek Jeter is going out with a bang. He drove in three, hitting an RBI double and a run-scoring groundout. His three runs driven in push him past Enos Slaughter and Roberto Clemente and ties him with Paul Molitor on the all-time RBI list. Meanwhile, Michael Pineda was dominant, allowing only one hit in seven and a third, striking out eight and allowing just one walk.

Pirates 1, Braves 0: I guess having a new interim general manager for, like, nine hours was not enough to goose the Braves’ offense. Andrew McCutchen homered and Francisco Liriano and the Pirates’ pen didn’t give the Braves’ squat. It’s gotta feel really good to be a Braves pitcher these days and know that if you don’t pitch a complete game shutout, you got no chance.

Cardinals 8, Cubs 0: Adam Wainwright wins his 20th, shutting out the Cubs for seven innings. Jon Jay dove in three, Matt Adams two. The Cards look ready for the playoffs to start.

Padres 1, Rockies 0: San Diego wins their fifth in a row and seventh of eight. Eric Stults shut Colorado out for six and a third. Rene Rivera’s RBI double in the first constituted the game’s only offense. With an early run, no more offense and the thing ending before 10pm, this was basically the quintessential Petco Park game. I’ve been to hat park, I dunno, seven or eight times, and almost every game has been like that.

Rangers 4, Astros 3: The Rangers have won nine of ten. Hey, we all start slow, right? Guilder Rodriguez — who played in the minor leagues for 13 years before being called up when rosters expanded — had his first two major league hits, including a tiebreaking RBI single. After the game he said “This is my second-best moment after seeing my two daughters born. It’s unbelievable. I feel great.” Sorry. I need a moment. Got some dust in my eye.

Diamondbacks 6, Twins 2: Theory: an interleague game between non-rivals in late September, both of whom really suck may be The Least Essential Game in Major League History. It counted, though. Josh Collmenter pitched effectively into the seventh and Mark Trumbo hit a two-run homer.