How many times has Derek Jeter swung a bat in his career?

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Here’s the best kind of question: one to which the answer is ultimately pretty pointless in the grand scheme of things, but answering it takes a lot of thought. David Waldstein of the New York Times sets it up:

Several Yankees players were in the batting cages at spring training when one of them wondered how many swings Derek Jeter had taken in his professional career — not only in regular major league games, but also during spring training games, All-Star Games, minor league games, off-season training and during his thousands of batting practices.

Then he tries to answer it, starting with the 30-50 practice swings a day Jeter takes on random days in January and early February down at the Yankees facility in Tampa. Just counting his pre-spring training workouts — not spring training, but pre-spring training — Waldstein gets over 30,000 swings. Then he goes on. And yeah, the number gets pretty huge.

Print this one out and put it in your pocket for your next road trip. It’ll be sure to enrage the other guys in the car.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.