The actress may have hinted at her split nearly three weeks ago
Has it really been three months since baseball fans were treated to this:
The New York Yankee says his girlfriend learned all about baseball after they met
Dear Derek Jeter, c/o the New York Yankees:
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PHOENIX -- It was an interesting first half. Two managers quit. None were fired. Two managers were hired. The average age of them was 74. The heavily-favored Phillies did what they were supposed to do, and the Red Sox pretty much did, too. But surprises abounded, led by none other than the usually pathetic Pirates, who are capturing a city and threatening to post a winning record for the first time since Barry Bonds left town. The Indians are right in the thick of things, too, to nearly everyone's surprise. And the Nationals would be, if they weren't in the same division as the Phillies and Braves.
The Yankee star homers to reach the pro baseball milestone
NEW YORK -- Flashbulbs and standing ovations accompanied Derek Jeter's every at bat Thursday night on his quest for 3,000 hits, but here's some unfortunate news:
Degradation of the athlete happens in real time now. There are no more deadlines in the always-on world, only the next tweet, the next blog, the next posting, the next camera phone shot coming off the non-stop conveyor belt of the Criticism Factory that runs around the clock.
NEW YORK -- The ball marked J-1 for authentication purposes had just landed in the leftfield bleachers, the man who hit it had just touched home plate -- wrapped up in a bear hug by one of his best friends -- and the crowd that witnessed it was busy rocking Yankee Stadium with the kind of roar usually reserved for chilly October nights. David Price didn't know quite what to do. The Tampa Bay Rays pitcher had just surrendered Derek Jeter's 3,000th career hit, as well as his team's tenuous 1-0 lead and now he would forever be the answer to a trivia question and he wasn't particularly happy about any of it. Still, Price did the right thing, ceding the stage to his conqueror and wandered toward the visitor's dugout where he was met by fellow Rays pitcher James Shields.
So now we sit and wait for Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit. I pray he gets the milestone in timely fashion. No one wants the distraction that comes when a player sits on 2,999 for too many games. We had that with Carl Yastrzemski in Boston back in 1979. We were all doing time on the Yaz Watch and the inimitable Peter Pascarelli, then with the Baltimore News American, said, "This is like waiting for Franco to die.''
It's amazing how far things have come over the last decade. Dr. Rany Jazayerliand Keith Woolner, now the Manager of Baseball Analytics for the Cleveland Indians, developed a metric called Pitcher Abuse Points (PAP.) At the time, they had plenty of 130, 140, even the occasional 150-pitch outing to discuss. It's long been thought that super high counts - 150 and above - were normal during the '40s and '50s, but we remember the outliers. Nolan Ryan, Juan Marichal, and Bob Feller did have some games that were crazy, but overall, research has shown that pitchers threw about the same number of pitches as today. Pitchers were just more efficient. They didn't get as many strikeouts, which racks up the number of pitches, and they didn't fear the home run. All you have to do is look at shortstops of then and today. We "went crazy" because Ozzie Smith never hit homers, aside from that big one against the Dodgers. Phil Rizzuto hit as many homers in his career (38) as some shortstops do in a year
Derek Jeter will not be ready to come off the disabled list when he is eligible next week, sources say.
The road to one of the most exclusive clubs in baseball hit a pothole this week when Derek Jeter, just six hits away from 3,000 in his career, was sidelined with a calf injury.
Thanks to the unlikely trio of British Petroleum, Brett Favre and Anthony Weiner, we have -- in one year -- endured three scandals employing two different definitions of the phrase "junk shot," a concept I'd very much like to unlearn and consign to a body of un-knowledge consisting of everything I want to un-know.
NEW YORK -- The cameras will continue charging, the anticipatory DJ3K silicone bracelets will continue selling and the suspense will continue building because Derek Jeter's quest to become the first Yankee with 3,000 hits has been put on hold for at least 15 days. New York placed Jeter, who has 2,994 hits, on the disabled list Tuesday after he suffered a Grade I strain of his right calf the previous night.
Reprinted with permission from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Copyright (c) 2011 by Ian O' Connor.
The problem with a breakdown of the Derek Jeter situation is that just a small percentage of the story is a baseball one. Were it just about being a good enough baseball player, the answers would be easy. Jeter doesn't seem to have the skills to be a starting shortstop for a competitive team, and the case against that is largely based upon children's wishes.
DETROIT (AP) -- Derek Jeter was out of the starting lineup for the New York Yankees on Thursday, a day after leaving a game against Detroit with a right hip problem.
Derek Jeter and Miguel Tejada were born 32 days apart in 1974. They played on the same American League All-Star team three times, during a golden era of shortstops in the league that included Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra and Omar Vizquel. Now, as each approaches his 37th birthday, the Yankees' Jeter and the Giants' Tejada remain linked. They still play shortstop for championship-caliber teams, but are off to slow starts and bear intense scrutiny on virtually an at-bat by at-bat basis.
Again, you mention Federer shanking balls with his "small-framed" racket. He's been playing with basically the same head size for all of these years. Do you and other critics really think that changing to a larger size racket right now is going to drastically improve things for him? I think it's like Derek Jeter changing up his swing during the offseason this year. I remember reading a great article from your colleague Joe Posnanski saying that Jeter changing his swing this late may improve his game a little, but the inevitable is coming. And by the way, Jeter isn't doing so hot so far. I think the same goes for Federer; his best days are behind him. What's your rationale for saying that Fed needs to switch to a larger frame, and do you really think it will make that much of a difference?
This much we can count on in the 2011 baseball season -- the passing of a few good milestones, the further elevation of a few good men. Sometime in early June, if his past is any kind of prologue, shortstop Derek Jeter will stroke his 3,000th career hit, and become (and this is pretty crazy when you think about it) the first player in the gilded, 100-plus-year history of the Yankees to reach that figure. In September, Jeter's teammate, Mariano Rivera, could save his 43rd game of the season (why not? he had 44 saves in 2009) and pass Trevor Hoffman as the major leagues' all-time saves leader.
The actress also denies calling her Yankee boyfriend last fall for help getting her dog to fly first class
The rest of Derek Jeter's career begins next week. Coming off the worst of his 15 seasons and an ugly contract negotiation with the Yankees, Jeter will step into the batting cage with New York hitting coach Kevin Long to begin his spring training three weeks before the team's first full workout.
The inevitable has finally occurred. Putting an end to a situation that had no end but this one, the Yankees and Derek Jeter have agreed a contract that ties the two together through at least the 2013 season and probably the end of 2014. With Jeter having no chance to better the Yankees' offer elsewhere, and the Yankees willing to acknowledge -- in his paycheck -- that he's not just another aging shortstop, it was just a matter of time before the two sides worked it out.
Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees ended their protracted contract stalemate Saturday, reaching an agreement on a three-year contract with a creative and complicated player option for 2014.
The Yankees increased their offer to free-agent Derek Jeter and the iconic shortstop lowered his request as the two sides moved a bit closer toward a new contract. It doesn't appear a signing is imminent yet, but this is definitely progress.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and co-owner Hal Steinbrenner met with Derek Jeter and Jeter's agent, Casey Close, on Tuesday in Tampa and it appears there's a detente and renewed optimism for a deal between the team and its iconic shortstop, perhaps even in coming days.
What do you do about a 36-year-old beloved franchise icon with fading defensive skills but enormous brand value? Why, of course, you give him a 15 percent raise to make sure the team benefits from his legacy. That's exactly what the Baltimore Orioles did for Cal Ripken Jr. on Opening Day 1997, a sort of global view of the player that stands in stark contrast to how the Yankees are valuing Derek Jeter at the same age.
Derek Jeter is an iconic, alltime Yankee great, and is just about everything his agent Casey Close has said he is, except maybe Babe Ruth. But that one bit of hyperbole should be forgiven because Jeter doesn't trail very many beyond Ruth in the pantheon of Yankees legends.
The Yankees are expected to ramp up negotiations in coming days in an effort to put longtime star Derek Jeter back in pinstripes, but Jeter will still have to accept some sort of pay cut to stay, according to a league source familiar with their thinking.
The Yankees will not offer arbitration to Derek Jeter and are planning to do the same for the rest of their top free agents with the exception of Javier Vazquez.
The Yankees are making their initial offer to Derek Jeter very soon, and it will be for three years and about $45 million.
This is Derek Jeter's time of year. I don't mean that in the typical, loaded, Derek the deity kind of way -- like he just texted the ghosts of Gehrig and DiMaggio and is ready to lead the Yankees to their rightful place atop the universe. I mean this will be the most fascinating postseason of Jeter's remarkable career. It shouldn't be about him, but it is anyway.
Derek Jeter will be back as a Yankee next season, and for more seasons after that. Of course he will. Doesn't matter whether he's hitting .264 today. Or .364. Or .164.
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I was having an argument with my friend Ian O'Connor a few weeks ago about Derek Jeter. Ian was wondering what I thought the odds were of Jeter breaking Pete Rose's all-time hits record. And I think I placed them at something like 20,000-to-1. That was just for effect, of course -- odds are never that high. I think the real Vegas odds on the Royals winning the World Series this year, even now with them buried in last place, are only something like 1,000-to-1.
Over a decade and a half, the constant in Yankee championships has been the home grown quartet of Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera: The Core Four, as the papers (among others) have it. From one angle, this is evidence of the strength of the Yankee Way; from another, it's proof that the Yankee Way is a synonym for money. (Retaining the services of those four players has cost the team about a half billion dollars over the course of their careers.)
The Yankee is smitten with actress Minka Kelly, but reports differ over whether they're tying the knot
Since breaking into the big leagues in 1995, Derek Jeter has been the subject of coutless stories and features in Sports Illustrated. Below are excerpts from some of the more noteworthy pieces: New York ... New York By Gerry Callahan, May 6, 1996 Across the Triborough Bridge the Yankees believe that they too have found themselves a purebred shortstop. On Opening Day in Cleveland, 21-year-old Derek Jeter was in the Yankees' starting lineup, the 11th shortstop to start the opener in pinstripes since 1981 and the first rookie to do so since 1962, when Tom Tresh subbed for Tony Kubek, who was in the military. Jeter hit a home run in his second at bat and made a pretty nifty defensive play himself, pulling down an over-the-shoulder fly in short centerfield to save a run. Jeter is friendly and outgoing, and the only time he ducks a question is when he is asked to praise himself. He was proud to get number 2 because all the other single digits (except 6, which belongs to his manager,
NEW YORK (SI.com) -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and Phillies second baseman Chase Utley both earned their fourth Silver Sluggers.
There is little doubt that you are expecting me to follow up that headline by writing about Derek Jeter. But ... no.*
Before the 2007 season, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had T-shirts made up that read "Mission 27." It was just one more piece of motivation for a franchise that defines itself by a singular annual goal -- winning the World Series -- and a reminder that anything less than achieving that goal is a failure.
Many key personnel who contribute mightily to playoff-bound teams go unheralded and unsung throughout the baseball season. But that doesn't mean they are unimportant. Oftentimes coaches, scouts and typically uncelebrated front-office folks are true behind-the-scenes MVPs. Let's celebrate some of this year's greatest unsung heroes, baseball people who aren't necessarily all that well known to folks outside the sport's inner circle but are nonetheless making vital contributions to their team's success.
At 8:23 p.m. Friday evening, No. 2 became No. 1 when for the 2,722nd time in his Hall of Fame career, Derek Jeter delivered a base hit. Yet, for the first time in his career, Derek Jeter had no idea what to do next. In a historic and unforgettable run as the Yankees shortstop and centerpiece, Jeter had been defined by his preternatural calm, his corporate cool, and his quiet confidence. But after singling sharply into right field in the third inning at Yankee Stadium to surpass Lou Gehrig as the team's all-time hits leader, for the first time in his career, those characteristics deserted him. Suddenly, he was a man alone with his moment, and over 46,000 fans were singling him out for a prolonged ovation 14 years in the making, causing Jeter to temporarily feel what must be the most foreign of emotions to him: out of place on the field where he is normally completely at ease.
Three knocks in one night, and the crowned king of Yankeeland is tied with Lou Gehrig for career hits by a Yankee and that much closer to passing Harold Baines, Al Oliver and Vada Pinson among the all-time hits leaders. These are good times for Derek Jeter.
Thoughts and observations on the Yankees and Red Sox after watching New York salt away the division last weekend by winning the series at Fenway Park ...
Not too long ago, I achieved a brief burst of infamy for inventing a new word: Jeterate. The official definition of the word -- which has not yet, as far as I know, been picked up by the Webster's or New Oxford people -- is "To praise someone for something of which he or she is entirely unworthy of praise." The word is obviously inspired by Derek Jeter. And for some reason, this has led a few people to believe I do not like Derek Jeter*.
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NEW YORK -- Everyone said goodbye Sunday night to the grand old lady known around here simply as The Stadium, and the going-away party worked perfectly for the about-to-be-demolished ballpark.
Derek Jeter missed the entire one-hour pregame ceremony in which the Yankees said their ceremonial goodbyes to Yankee Stadium. The captain, afterall, was busy getting himself ready to play a baseball game. He took treatment in the trainers' room for his badly bruised hand, took extra batting practice in the indoor batting cage and stretched on the floor of the Yankee clubhouse. By the latter stage of the ceremony, Jeter looked up from his stretching and discovered that he and Bernie Williams, his former teammate, were the only ones left in the room. Williams, the graceful former centerfielder, was still in the clubhouse because he would be the last Yankee introduced, the headliner on a program that included Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra and Reggie Jackson.
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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter continue to lead all American League players in the latest fan balloting results for the 2008 All-Star Game.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter may be taking a well-timed vacation from the New York tabloid headlines about his departing coach Joe Torre.
• Derek Jeter has been romantically linked to Jessica Biel since they were spotted getting cozy in Las Vegas the weekend after Thanksgiving. The two seem to officially be a couple now after the Yankees shortstop and the 7th Heaven actress were photographed getting off a boat at their hotel in Puerto Rico last week. The couple reportedly spent New Years with one another in Puerto Rico, playing blackjack at the El Conquistador Resort and Golden Door Spa in a roped off area and playing volleyball on the beach.
Some baseball fans say there is no such thing as a clutch hitter. Have they ever seen Derek Jeter play? The Yankees shortstop once put together a 14-game World Series hitting streak and owns the record for most postseason hits with 123. In honor of Jeter's first election as an All-Star starter at shortstop, SI.com has compiled a list of the top 10 clutch moments in his career. Read our list then see what you had to say.
It's time to put a price on your Yankee pride. A new online auction house, Ultimatebid.com, is selling a day of spring training in Tampa with shortstop Derek Jeter; opening bid is $3,500. Launched ...
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