Tag: Derek Jeter


Baseball is dying, you guys


From RealClearPolitics’ national political reporter:

I guess if you only pop your head up once every decade or so to pay attention to baseball, it’s understandable to feel that way. Last I checked, though, there were no plans afoot to stop teams from signing good baseball players and said baseball players performing at a high level such that they may be exposed to lots of people, thereby generating fame.

I wonder if that sentiment would’ve been all over Twitter if it had existed when this aired:

Derek Jeter snaps 0-for-28 slump

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Derek Jeter snapped the second-longest slump of his career tonight, singling off Rays right-hander Alex Cobb to break a streak of 28 straight hitless at-bats. His worst career slump remains 0-for-32 in 2004.

Jeter carried a .277 batting average into August of his 20th and final season, but the 40-year-old shortstop has hit just .179 with one home run and five walks in 39 games since then to drop his season line to .249 with a .595 OPS.

His previous career-low batting average in a full season was .270 in 2010, after which Jeter bounced back to hit .297 in 2011 and .316 in 2012 before missing most of 2013 while injured.

As an aside: Bryan Hoch of MLB.com wrote a light, well-done article about Jeter’s coffee-drinking habits, which I think Yankees fans and non-Yankees fans alike will enjoy reading.

And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

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Nationals 3, Braves 0: The Nats clinch their second NL East title in three years and do so in convincing fashion. Tanner Roark tossed seven scoreless innings. Washington got to celebrate on the field and in the visitor’s clubhouse of the team that, theoretically, stood as their biggest challenge this year. It was fun for a bit in the first half, but the  Braves proved to be little if any challenge to the Nationals. Now they set their sights on maintaining the best overall record in the National League and enjoying some home cooking for the playoffs.

Orioles 8, Blue Jays 2: Meanwhile, up the road, the Orioles were clinching as well. It was a bit longer of a time coming for Baltimore, who nabbed their first AL East crown since 1997. As for the game: it was their ninth win in their last 10. Steve Pearce set the tone with a three-run homer in the first. Alejandro De Aza hit a three-run triple. If you live out west or never watch a team other than your team, and if your idea of the Orioles is based on what you read about them in the season previews last March, well, you have a lot of studying to do before they playoffs start.

White Sox 7, Royals 5Twins 4, Tigers 3: Nothing is changed in the Central as both contenders lose. For the Royals, it was an uncharacteristically awful night for bullpen aces Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis, who have been damn nigh unhittable all year but were beat around by the Sox. For the Tigers, it was an all-too-characteristic bad night for Joe Nathan, who allowed two runs to lose a game that the Tigers had come back to lead in the ninth. Starters Ricky Nolasco and Rick Porcello probably went out for a beer afterwards and complained about bullpens until the bartender told them to move it along because they don’t serve their kind. Meaning, of course, Ricks.

Rangers 6, Athletics 3: Oakland couldn’t create any separation between their wild card pursuers, remaining one up on Kansas City and two up on Seattle. Scott Kazmir’s second half swoon continued, allowing six runs — four earned — and not escaping the fifth inning. Bad Oakland D was on display here. This team will probably make it into the playoffs, and if they do they’ll probably be dangerous, but man this has been a long, limping second half.

Mariners 13, Angels 2: Seattle takes advantage, pulling to within one game. The offense woke up with a six-run sixth inning. In the M’s previous eight games they scored 14 runs. Here, 13. It was an instance where Mike Scioscia’s “give Cory Rasmus a couple of innings and then turn it over to a bullpen committee” approach didn’t work. It’s been a good approach and has helped lessen the sting of losing Garret Richards, but doing that enough times will, occasionally, lead to a game like this. Too many moving parts or whatever.

Pirates 4, Red Sox 0: Charlie Morton returned after coming off the disabled list and he pitched well: five scoreless innings with six strikeouts. The Pirates have won 9 of 11 and maintain their one and a half game lead over the Brewers for the second wild card.

Brewers 3, Cardinals 2: Milwaukee stays alive, as Gomez, Hector knocks in Gomez, Carlos with an RBI single in the 12th. The single was preceded by Carlos Gomez stealing both second base and third base off of Yadier Molina following a walk. Actually, Gomez said afterward that he wasn’t running on Molina, he was running on pitcher Kevin Siegrist, as one times everything off the pitcher. Which is a good point. Still: that’s some pretty major base running. The Brewers stay a game and a half behind the Pirates.

Rockies 10, Dodgers 4: The Rockies ended a seven-game losing streak. Corey Dickerson homered, tripled and drove in four runs. The Dodgers got 16 hits but left way, way too many on.

Giants 2, Diamondbacks 1: Peavy and Posey come through again, as they have so many times in the second half. Peavy allowed one run in seven and two-thirds. Posey had two hits, including a fourth inning solo shot. San Francisco pulls to three back of L.A.

Rays 6, Yankees 1: Derek Jeter got gifts. He also got plunked. Joe Girardi got ejected after that and then Yankees pitcher David Phelps was ejected for throwing inside later. Dugouts emptied but no one here had the ill-will nor the motivation to make this into an actual donnybrook. It’s late in a lost season for everyone. Jake Odorizzi allowed one run and five hits over six innings.

Mets 9, Marlins 1: Two homers and six driven in for Wilmer Flores. Bartolo Colon somehow only allowed one run despite giving up 12 hits in seven and two thirds. That stretches the applicability of the word “scattered.” The judges have said they’d allow it, though. But that we shouldn’t push it.

Cubs 7, Reds 0: Jake Arrieta took a no-hitter into the eighth, allowed only the one hit to Brandon Phillips and struck out 13. The Cubs rocked Johnny Cueto.

Indians 4, Astros 2: Corey Kluber allowed more hits, but he struck out 14 in seven innings of work as the Indians stop their losing streak at four. Yan Gomes hit a two-run homer.

Padres 5, Phillies 4: Alexi Amarista had three hits, including a two-run homer. A.J. Burnett suffered his league-leading 17th loss.

Rays’ retirement gifts for Derek Jeter: Don Zimmer jersey and a pinstriped 16-foot kayak

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Derek Jeter’s retirement tour continued on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field with another set of cool gifts. Along with a $16,000 check for his Turn 2 Foundation and a framed Don Zimmer jersey presented by the widow of the former Yankees bench coach, Jeter also got this custom 16-foot pinstriped kayak …

Some of the other gifts Jeter has received in his farewell season: a set of Tiger Stadium seats and three stadium paintings from the Tigers, cowboy boots and a photo with former president George W. Bush from the Rangers, a LEGO mosaic and custom guitar from the Indians, a bottle of wine and Napa Valley vacation from the Athletics, a Kingdome seat and a gold Shawn Carter watch from the Mariners, a piece of art made out of New York Subway tiles from the crosstown Mets, a personalized standup paddleboard from the Angels, golf clubs, pinstriped boots, and a cowboy hat from the Astros, a vacation to the Canadian Rockies from the Blue Jays, and a bucket of crabs and a NAVY captain’s hat from the Orioles.

Derek Jeter got a bucket of crabs and a captain’s hat from the Orioles

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We haven’t checked in on Derek Jeter gifts for a while. But this past weekend marked his last visit to Camden Yards as a player, and here was his haul:

  • A U.S. Navy Captain’s hat;
  • A bucket of crabs, presented by Boog Powell; and
  • a $10,000 check in his name for the Miracle League of Manasota, which is a charity that helps kids with special needs play baseball.

I like this assemblage. The crabs are definitely of a place, the hat is symbolic and small — easily displayed in Chez Jeter — and the charitable donation is obviously for a good cause. These gifts beats guitars and large, gimmicky pieces of furniture which are probably going next be seen on an auction block after the heat dies down in a couple of decades. I mean, Jeter is gonna eat the crabs, right?

Mostly I just love Chesapeake Bay crabs.