In 2010 Brian Cashman told Derek Jeter that he’d rather have Troy Tulowitzki playing shortstop


You may remember how Derek Jeter’s contract negotiation with the Yankees in the 2010-2011 offseason was pretty contentious. Jeter was asking the Yankees for a four- to six-year deal in the $22-$24 million a year range. His agent, Casey Close, said that the Yankees were lowballing him and at one point Close described the Yankees’ negotiating strategy as “baffling.” They eventually reached a deal in early December for three years and $51 million with an option and some incentives. It was Jeter’s last contract with the Yankees.

This week Sports Illustrated’s S.L. Price reports that, at the time, things got even more blunt that we knew. According to Sports Illustrated, this went down during a face-to-face meeting between Cashman and Jeter:

“Who would you rather have playing shortstop this year than me?” Jeter asked Cashman. “Do you really want me to answer that?” Cashman replied. Jeter told him to go ahead, and he listed Tulowitzki, then the Rockies’ shortstop who was in the midst of his first All-Star campaign. “We’re not paying extra money for popularity,” he added, “We’re paying for performance.”

Which, objectively, makes all sorts of sense. As a matter of ego-management, however, it was dreadful, and Price reports that Cashman and Jeter’s relationship never recovered, even if a deal was reached.

Some existential questions arise out of this regarding the level of “respect” a player who is past his prime deserves and, for that matter, whether the truth is more respectful than blowing smoke up their hind end.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.