Derek Jeter’s retirement gifts from the Indians: A LEGO mosaic and a pinstriped electric guitar

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Derek Jeter’s farewell tour continued this evening at Progressive Field in Cleveland and the Yankee captain walked away with some pretty cool gifts.

Jeter’s former teammates, Jason Giambi and Nick Swisher, Indians manager Terry Francona and team president Mark Shapiro were on hand for the occasion. Jeter was presented with a LEGO mosaic of his first career home run as well as a pinstriped Gibson Les Paul electric guitar, a fitting gift with Cleveland as the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Check it out below.

Wayne Peltz, the visiting clubhouse manager for the Indians, is the man behind the LEGO mosaic. He’s pretty well known for his work and has sold a number of pieces to players. You can check it out the Jeter mosaic in more detail below.

Great work. Sure, the whole farewell tour thing can get a bit tiresome, but Cleveland brought their A-game here. Well done.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.