Brian Cashman says Derek Jeter should be the last Yankees captain 

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Brian Cashman went on Mike Lupica’s show and said that he thinks Derek Jeter should be the last Yankees captain.

That’s all we know, really. I don’t listen to the Lupica show and this New York Daily News story talking about it doesn’t provide his words. It does, however, provide a nice little history of Yankees captains.

Which, in and of itself puts lie to the notion that the Yankees won’t ever name another captain. They’ve had lots, and it tends to be a title bestowed on players who seem appropriate and at times which seem appropriate. Now, as the team is on the decline, it seems, and there is no star who seems to have a lot of staying power on the club, it makes no sense to have one. But one day they will have a nice youngish but established star at a time when the team is ascending and it’ll feel right again.

Or they could just make it a seniority thing and make A-Rod the captain this year. I’d be OK with that. I assume everyone else would be too?

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”