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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Derek Jeter fractures ankle, out for playoffs

GIF basket included.

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Derek Jeter is out for the rest of the postseason after fracturing his ankle during Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday night.

After the Yankees gave up the lead in the 12th inning, Jeter ranged to his left on a ground ball, then went into a roll.

He stayed down, and when the trainer and manager Joe Girardi helped him off the field, he put absolutely no weight on his right leg.

Jayson Nix came into the game, which the Yankees eventually lost 6-4. Eduardo Nuñez is not on the Yankees’ active roster, though the Yankees will make a roster move before Game 2.

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   1. Ray (RDP) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:40 AM (#4269199)
ARod to short.
   2. Yastrzemski in left. Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:41 AM (#4269200)
That was ugly. No way to end an incredible season.
   3. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:43 AM (#4269201)
See, Leyland was just trying to get the game to extras so we could watch Jeter snap his ankle. Genius!

Leyland: Jose, we need to get this sumbitch to extras so Jeter's brittle bones can betray him. You think you can throw a couple of meatballs up there if we're up in the ninth?
Valverde: Where are these meatballs you speak of?
   4. Ray (RDP) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:47 AM (#4269207)
For as dumb as going to Valverde automatically is, consider the fact that Girardi gifted 2 runs to the Tigers via using Derek Lowe.
   5. Chip Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:48 AM (#4269208)
ARod hasn't played short since '03. And Girardi just ruled out the possibility.
   6. akrasian Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:50 AM (#4269211)
Does this reinforce the idea that Jeter can't go to his left?
   7. Bruce Markusen Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:50 AM (#4269212)
A-Rod is not going to play short. Cashman has already said that Jayson Nix will be the shortstop, though Girardi has not officially announced his Game Two lineup.
   8. Fat Al Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:53 AM (#4269214)
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   9. Ray (RDP) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:53 AM (#4269215)
#1 was facetious - I know Girardi would never do it - but I'd do it.

Besides, ARod might play well, and Girardi can't have him doing that.
   10. Gamingboy Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:53 AM (#4269216)
NOT LIKE THIS! Seeing the Yankees lose isn't as satisfying when Jeter isn't losing with them.

Although he will still be in the stadium, so, uh, carry on, Detroit Tigers.
   11. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:56 AM (#4269219)
Well, at least I can do something else with my afternoon other than watch the game.
   12. Dave Spiwak Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:56 AM (#4269220)
Ichiro could play short if he wanted to.
   13. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:57 AM (#4269221)
This being the Yankees, I fully expect Nix to channel the mystique and aura of Brian Doyle, hitting .450/.480/.650 for the remainder of the Yankees successful championship run.
   14. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: October 14, 2012 at 02:05 AM (#4269223)
Reposting a couple of comments I made in the Game Chatter:

As much as I dislike Jeter, I'm still not happy to see that. I want the Yankees to lose with him ON the field.

These are the Yankees we're talking about. This injury will somehow spur them on to easily taking the series 4-1.
   15. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: October 14, 2012 at 02:08 AM (#4269225)
This is terrible news.
   16. Morph Posted: October 14, 2012 at 02:20 AM (#4269227)
NOT LIKE THIS! Seeing the Yankees lose isn't as satisfying when Jeter isn't losing with them.


Don't worry, the Yankees won't lose this series.
   17. MM1f Posted: October 14, 2012 at 02:23 AM (#4269229)
Weird to think of Jayson Nix as a shortstop, he has almost never played the position. Excluding the short-season year he spent at short in 2001, his shortstop resume consists of 22 starts at the position in 2009 (mostly in the bigs, a few games each in AA and AAA), 8 games at short in AAA last year and the 15 starts he (somehow) got at the position with the Yankees this year.

He is basically a lifelong 2b/3b-man who, as he turns 30, is suddenly being asked to play shortstop in the ALCS because a Hall of Famer got hurt.
   18. Ryan Lind Posted: October 14, 2012 at 02:27 AM (#4269230)
All this time I'd been thinking of Jayson Nix as an outfielder, I am just now realizing that I've had him confused with the similarly stupidly named Laynce Nix, who is his brother. Never knew, somehow.
   19. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: October 14, 2012 at 02:29 AM (#4269231)
Their parents must really like the letter Y.
   20. Transmission Posted: October 14, 2012 at 02:30 AM (#4269232)
Not following the yankees too closely, I was surprised to learn Nix has spent time at SS. Also always thought of him as 2B/3B. How in the world does a team with more money than god and a no-range 38-year-old shortstop not have a SS defensive specialist anywhere on the 40-man roster?
   21. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: October 14, 2012 at 02:31 AM (#4269233)
Pasta collapsing Jeter!

Too soon?
   22. Brian White Posted: October 14, 2012 at 02:31 AM (#4269234)
Weird to think of Jayson Nix as a shortstop, he has almost never played the position.


It was especially weird for me, since I got him mixed up with his brother and thought he was a corner outfielder. (Edit: carbonated beverage to Shock)

Also, it's really hard for me to see exactly where in that GIF Jeter got hurt. At no point does it look like his ankle does something it isn't supposed to, yet by the end he's on the ground in pain. Huh.

   23. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: October 14, 2012 at 02:46 AM (#4269237)
Also, it's really hard for me to see exactly where in that GIF Jeter got hurt. At no point does it look like his ankle does something it isn't supposed to, yet by the end he's on the ground in pain. Huh.

I think it's actually the step right before the GIF starts - on the next step, he tries to put weight on it, and it just rolls.
   24. DFA Posted: October 14, 2012 at 02:47 AM (#4269238)
#22: Derek Jeter is like 38...
   25. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 03:03 AM (#4269244)
In the gif, it looks like he finds the injury absolutely hilarious.

Bet the Yanks wish they hadn't taken Nunez off the playoff roster for this round...
   26. Fat Al Posted: October 14, 2012 at 03:06 AM (#4269245)
Bet the Yanks wish they hadn't taken Nunez off the playoff roster for this round...


Can't they just put him back since Jeter is out for the year?
   27. zachtoma Posted: October 14, 2012 at 03:13 AM (#4269247)
I'm another long time Yankee-hater who takes no joy in seeing the Cap'n going down with a broken ankle. I'm not going to complain about the fact that it makes them more likely to lose, however.
   28. SteveF Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:01 AM (#4269249)
Can't they just put him back since Jeter is out for the year?


They can and did.

The foot doesn't spin enough at the end of his leg to put him in truly gruesome leg break territory.
   29. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 06:50 AM (#4269259)
All this time I'd been thinking of Jayson Nix as an outfielder, I am just now realizing that I've had him confused with the similarly stupidly named Laynce Nix, who is his brother. Never knew, somehow.

It was especially weird for me, since I got him mixed up with his brother and thought he was a corner outfielder. (Edit: carbonated beverage to Shock)

Thirding this one, I've been confused ever since I looked at the box score.
   30. bunyon Posted: October 14, 2012 at 07:08 AM (#4269261)
The jokes are funny but I just want to say, as a guy who doesn't root for the Yanks at all, that this sucks.

Win or lose, the playoffs need the best players. Jeter is old and overrated, but he ain't Nix or Nunez.
   31. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 14, 2012 at 08:00 AM (#4269269)
Just adding to the list of Yankee haters who didn't want to see this.

As for ARod to short I seriously doubt he'd be able to do the job. He's much less mobile than he was seven years ago and I think at this point would have considerably as range than Jeter (pre-injury Jeter). On top of that his instincts for the position would be lessened as well.
   32. NattyBoh Posted: October 14, 2012 at 08:09 AM (#4269271)
Nick Markakis says hello! Guess the captain will have plenty of time to start filling up gift baskets.
   33. BDC Posted: October 14, 2012 at 08:16 AM (#4269274)
This is awful in a number of respects, not least because Jeter had such a terrific year. Hope he's well-healed by spring.
   34. I Am Not a Number Posted: October 14, 2012 at 08:24 AM (#4269277)
So the Yankees' lineup today will have neither Jeter nor Rodriguez.
   35. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: October 14, 2012 at 08:26 AM (#4269278)
I fear we have woken a sleeping giant, and filled him with a terrible resolve.
   36. catomi01 Posted: October 14, 2012 at 08:30 AM (#4269280)
How in the world does a team with more money than god and a no-range 38-year-old shortstop not have a SS defensive specialist anywhere on the 40-man roster?


Ramiro Pena is basically that guy....but can't hit at all, so Nunez moved past him on the depth chart a few years ago...he makes way too many errors, and the yankees FO and Girardi have zero confidence with him in the field (last week of the season, Jeter moved from DH to Short in a game Nunez started, forcing the pitcher's spot into the lineup in the six inning), so Nix got added earlier in the season while nunez was send down to learn to catch and throw the ball. Nix happened to tag a few lefties early on, so started getting starts around the field against them...including SS...where Jeter to DH, Nix at short on days where they didn't want chavez and/or ibanez in the line up at the same time was very convenient.
   37. AROM Posted: October 14, 2012 at 09:08 AM (#4269283)
"He is basically a lifelong 2b/3b-man who, as he turns 30, is suddenly being asked to play shortstop in the ALCS because a Hall of Famer got hurt."

If only they had a former gold glove shortstop on the roster. I'd like to see A-Rod at short, just in the name of science. If he really has less range at the position than Jeter as of yesterday, I'd like to see what that looks like.
   38. kthejoker Posted: October 14, 2012 at 09:08 AM (#4269284)
When I read the excerpt, I initially read it as

Jayson Nix came into the game, which the Yankees immediately lost 6-4.


Which actually sounds perfectly possible.
   39. Ray (RDP) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 09:37 AM (#4269293)
At least Jeter had enough leadership skills to flip the ball to Cano when he got hurt; when it happened to Santonio Holmes, he flipped the ball into the hands of a defender, who rumbled 50 yards for a TD.
   40. Dan Evensen Posted: October 14, 2012 at 09:58 AM (#4269303)
Add me as well to the growing list of Yankee haters who didn't want to see this. I actually stood up in my living room as he limped off the field. That's no way for a true legend to go off the field. It was hard to watch.
   41. Steve N Posted: October 14, 2012 at 10:03 AM (#4269306)
I know that broken ankles are no fun but I don't see how he did it. Not to minimize the brokenness but I don't see any particular twisting or bending. It looks to me that there was something wrong before, hairline fracture maybe, that gave way. I seem to recall that he was having problems with his left leg for a while.
   42. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 14, 2012 at 10:13 AM (#4269312)
It looks to me that there was something wrong before, hairline fracture maybe, that gave way


That was my thought too. I was describing it to a friend who wasn't watching and I couldn't articulate it better than "he ran for the ball then his ankle broke." He didn't roll it or anything, it just happened.
   43. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: October 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM (#4269316)
I've been watching Jeter wince for the last 3 weeks or so every time he gingerly stepped down into the dugout or as he slowed up past first base. Guy's leg was clearly not right for awhile. Seems like they found every excuse in the book to explain the pain away, but he just had a bum leg and probably could've used 3 weeks off.
   44. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 10:23 AM (#4269317)
Didn't he foul a ball hard off his lower leg against the O's?
   45. asinwreck Posted: October 14, 2012 at 10:40 AM (#4269321)
I imagine Yankee fans feel about like I did when Derrick Rose's knee exploded during this year's NBA playoffs.
   46. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: October 14, 2012 at 10:48 AM (#4269327)
I know that broken ankles are no fun but I don't see how he did it. Not to minimize the brokenness but I don't see any particular twisting or bending. It looks to me that there was something wrong before, hairline fracture maybe, that gave way. I seem to recall that he was having problems with his left leg for a while.

He was, and what you're saying seems logical, though there were several instances even in the past few days where he seemed to be going at full speed on the bases. I suppose it's possible that the slightest bit of extra stress that didn't involve straightaway running might have been what triggered the breakdown.
   47. just plain joe Posted: October 14, 2012 at 10:51 AM (#4269328)
Good thing Jeter isn't a horse.
   48. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: October 14, 2012 at 10:59 AM (#4269333)
I imagine Yankee fans feel about like I did when Derrick Rose's knee exploded during this year's NBA playoffs.


I suppose this is maybe why baseball is a little more appealing to me? Because I'm a Yanks fan and this sucks a lot, but I don't think it means the Yanks are done, while I'm pretty sure you realized that Rose's loss meant the Bulls were not getting to the finals.
   49. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 14, 2012 at 11:14 AM (#4269347)
Their parents must really like the letter Y.


"Not just sometimes. Always."
   50. Mayor Blomberg Posted: October 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM (#4269357)
With no knowledge of the break or medicine, I've assumed that there was a pre-existing weakness, possibly a hairline fracture from the foul that caused the bone bruise, then further aggravated in game 3 (was it) of the LDS (Mormon series?). All of these injuries within 4 weeks, and, yeah, despite the tremendous shape he keeps himself in, he is 38. I vaguely remember being 38 and know that it was nothing like being 28.
   51. Dale Sams Posted: October 14, 2012 at 11:34 AM (#4269359)
I fear we have woken a sleeping giant, and filled him with a terrible resolve.


Exactly. Cue a billion articles about 'doing it for Jeter', and 'the only relevent stat here is HEART'.
   52. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 11:34 AM (#4269361)
If there's even the remotest chance that fellatio promotes bone repair, the nation's sports "journalists" & broadcasters will have Jeter back on the field & ready to play later today.

Tim McCarver to the OR! Stat!
   53. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: October 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM (#4269369)
Girardi gifted 2 runs to the Tigers via using Derek Lowe.


The Yankees gifted the Tigers two runs because Swisher whiffed on a fly ball that he reached and Jeter broke his ankle on a ground ball that he caught. Lowe's pitching didn't really have a whole lot to do with it.

And yes, Jeter has been playing on a bum ankle for a month now. It was hurt long before the foul ball in the LDS.
   54. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: October 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM (#4269370)
He's going to walk out Willis Reed style and deliver a Lou Gehrig like speech while wearing a Mark Messier jersey before today's game.
   55. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: October 14, 2012 at 11:44 AM (#4269374)
Who gets put onto the roster for the Yanks?
   56. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: October 14, 2012 at 11:56 AM (#4269384)
For fans of my generation, this is significant. With the exception of Pettitte, this will be the first playoff push made up entirely of non-Gene-Michael players. The first playoff run without Rivera, Jeter, and Posada. Looking further back, this list should include O'Neill and Bernie. They can still do this, but it's not a roster studded with guys who were part of the dynasty, for the first time.
   57. jack the seal clubber (on the sidelines of life) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 11:56 AM (#4269385)
It's Cashman's fault. They should have shut down Jeter after the ninth, being on an innings count.
   58. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: October 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM (#4269389)
Who gets put onto the roster for the Yanks?


Nunez, as noted above. See 25-28.
   59. Greg Pope thinks the Cubs are reeking havoc Posted: October 14, 2012 at 12:01 PM (#4269392)
He's going to walk out Willis Reed style and deliver a Lou Gehrig like speech while wearing a Mark Messier jersey before today's game.

Where does Kerri Strug fit into this scenario?
   60. mjs Posted: October 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM (#4269393)
My leg hurts just watching the video in 28.
   61. Fat Al Posted: October 14, 2012 at 12:05 PM (#4269395)
I know that broken ankles are no fun but I don't see how he did it. Not to minimize the brokenness but I don't see any particular twisting or bending. It looks to me that there was something wrong before, hairline fracture maybe, that gave way. I seem to recall that he was having problems with his left leg for a while.


To echo the good Mayor, getting old sucks.
   62. AROM Posted: October 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM (#4269397)
It's frustrating to see the Yankees rule out the obvious plan. You're really going to let Nix/Nunez play all the time at short while having Chavez/A-Rod as a semi-platoon? Look at the Tigers, Miggy played third base last when he was 4 years younger and probably 50 pounds lighter.

Put A-Rod at short, he's got the hands and enough mobility to make the routine plays. That's as much as they were getting before last night, so why not try it?
   63. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: October 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM (#4269400)
Put A-Rod at short, he's got the hands and enough mobility to make the routine plays. That's as much as they were getting before last night, so why not try it?


I don't disagree but A-Rod has been hitting like the slumping versions of Nix/Nunez since late August.
   64. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: October 14, 2012 at 12:17 PM (#4269401)
I'm torn about how to feel about this. On the one hand, to echo what many above have said, even as a Yankee hater this is not something I ever wanted to see, and if the Tigers can win 3 more games it will be less satisfying to have it be against a lineup without the Cap'n.

On the other hand, as a Canadian subjected to the international TV feed, Sutcliffe's non-stop fellating of Jeter was getting pretty unbearable, and maybe he'll now cut back a bit.
   65. Fat Al Posted: October 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM (#4269406)
On the other hand, as a Canadian subjected to the international TV feed, Sutcliffe's non-stop fellating of Jeter was getting pretty unbearable, and maybe he'll now cut back a bit.


Doubtful.
   66. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: October 14, 2012 at 12:27 PM (#4269410)
You're really going to let Nix/Nunez play all the time at short while having Chavez/A-Rod as a semi-platoon?


Nix put up a 1.250 OPS in the LDS. Chavez was 0-for-the-series, and A-Rod is working on a sweet 2-for-21 post-season. Yeah, SSS and all that, but A-Rod to SS doesn't really solve much of anything. Cano, Granderson, and Swisher getting a freaking hit once in a while might, though.

Sutcliffe's non-stop fellating of Jeter was getting pretty unbearable, and maybe he'll now cut back a bit.


I wouldn't count on that. Every time Nunez/Nix miss a play. Every time someone fails in what might have been a Jeter at-bat. Etc.
   67. depletion Posted: October 14, 2012 at 12:27 PM (#4269411)
He is basically a lifelong 2b/3b-man who, as he turns 30, is suddenly being asked to play shortstop in the ALCS because a Hall of Famer got hurt.

Jayson, this is your time. Kind of a nightmare/dream scenario if he can play above his head for 5 or 10 games. He doesn't have to be Jeter, but field every ball, get walks, singles, run hard on the bases. I hate the Yankees, too, but I'd like Jayson to make it interesting.
   68. depletion Posted: October 14, 2012 at 12:29 PM (#4269413)
You can break your ankle stepping off a curb, if the angles and stresses are wrong.
   69. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: October 14, 2012 at 12:33 PM (#4269415)
I agree with #67.

And playing your utility infielder every day may convince Girardi to stop the pinch-hitting for Rod late in the games. It was an inspired and wonderful idea once, but there's no reason for him to keep doing it. Rodriguez is working on a small but lengthening sample size, but unless there's an injury or fatigue issue, he still presents the Yankees with a lot of upside.
   70. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM (#4269422)
Jayson, this is your time. Kind of a nightmare/dream scenario if he can play above his head for 5 or 10 games. He doesn't have to be Jeter, but field every ball, get walks, singles, run hard on the bases. I hate the Yankees, too, but I'd like Jayson to make it interesting.


It's time to find your inner Doyle, Jayson.
   71. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: October 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM (#4269423)
I think the biggest single factor that this injury raises for the team is that at all times they're one injury/managerial decision away from Eduardo Nunez with a glove.

If Girardi wants to be bold, I think he should think about playing Gardner/Granderson/Ichiro in the outfield a few times. Swisher has been significantly worse than A-Rod on both sides of the ball, and if anyone should lose a lineup spot, it should be him.
   72. McCoy Posted: October 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM (#4269427)
This is why projections for what players will do when they are playing well is so fool-hardy.

I recall an argument I got in with Cub fans in 2003 or so in which they believed Sosa would keep banging out 50 to 60 home runs a year until 2008 or so simply because he was doing it then and saw no reason for the situation to change.

Once you get old "it" can go within a blink of an eye. That's what makes those players that can play for a long time so special.
   73. Bob Tufts Posted: October 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM (#4269428)
O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.


O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
The arm beneath your head!
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fallen cold and dead.


My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
But I with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
   74. depletion Posted: October 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM (#4269434)
Swisher has been significantly worse than A-Rod on both sides of the ball

Swisher absolutely blew the fly ball in extra innings. Catchable ball for any decent outfielder.

Regards,
Tim
   75. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:05 PM (#4269439)
Didn't they show a replay from a different angle that showed him badly twisting his ankle during the play?
   76. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:10 PM (#4269444)
Swisher absolutely blew the fly ball in extra innings. Catchable ball for any decent outfielder.


Cornflake says he lost it in the lights. If true, well, #### happens.

He's certainly not making a case for retaining his services after this season is up, though.

At least, not a positive one ...
   77. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:11 PM (#4269445)
Also, it's time to see what GGBG can do.

He certainly can't be any worse than Granderson or Swisher at this point.
   78. UCCF Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:16 PM (#4269451)
You can break your ankle stepping off a curb, if the angles and stresses are wrong.

My sister did this.

We're surprisingly fragile beings.
   79. AROM Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:43 PM (#4269464)
"You can break your ankle stepping off a curb, if the angles and stresses are wrong."

Or celebrating a game winning grand slam.
   80. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: October 14, 2012 at 02:02 PM (#4269485)
Catchable ball for any decent outfielder.


More importantly, catchable ball for this very outfielder in this very instance. He got to the ball and whiffed on it.
   81. bunyon Posted: October 14, 2012 at 02:19 PM (#4269496)
Put me down as saying Swisher should sit. A-Rod is better than Swisher even now.

I'm torn on A-Rod. On the one hand, is it just a slump he'll come out of? Perhaps. On the other, he looks terrible. Totally lost at the plate. I think this is why he hasn't really made much of a stink about sitting - he knows he's not hitting. If a guy really thinks he's about to bust out, he says so, loud and often. I'm projecting a lot, but A-Rod looks to me like he's really doubting whether he can hit anymore. In a way he didn't in previous series where he didn't hit.
   82. vortex of dissipation Posted: October 14, 2012 at 02:23 PM (#4269497)
I fear we have woken a sleeping giant, and filled him with a terrible resolve.


So Ichiro and Kuroda are going to lead them to the championship?

Oh, and in case anyone has ever wondered what Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto would look like as a high school girl...
   83. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 14, 2012 at 02:27 PM (#4269500)
So let's say A-Rod continues to look like the little leaguer who bats last and is the "left center fielder." And assume the Yankees don't rebound from last night and are quickly sent home for the winter by Detroit. Is it far-fetched to think the Yankees will do what they can to move A-Rod this off-season, even if it means wolfing down a lot of his bloated contract?
   84. Fat Al Posted: October 14, 2012 at 02:36 PM (#4269504)
So let's say A-Rod continues to look like the little leaguer who bats last and is the "left center fielder." And assume the Yankees don't rebound from last night and are quickly sent home for the winter by Detroit. Is it far-fetched to think the Yankees will do what they can to move A-Rod this off-season, even if it means wolfing down a lot of his bloated contract?


Between the economics and the no-trade, that would be a very difficult thing to pull off.
   85. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 03:00 PM (#4269520)
Given the amount of money that the Yankees would be required to send, and the enormous value his contract represents to Bud Selig's anti-Yankee economic schemes and his decades-long efforts to scuttle the Yankee franchise's wining ways, there's simply no way old Bolshevik Bud would consider such a move in the best interests of baseball.
   86. rlc Posted: October 14, 2012 at 03:09 PM (#4269523)

And now to conclude the Ringzzz cycle, we present Jeterdämmerung.

In tonight's performance the role of Brünnhilde will be sung by Suzyn Waldman.

But first, a word from our sponsor:

My beer is Rheingold, the dry beer...
   87. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: October 14, 2012 at 03:17 PM (#4269528)
A-Rod looks to me like he's really doubting whether he can hit anymore


A-Rod looks to me like he's really doubting whether he can hit right now. Hand injuries will do that to a hitter. Now don't get me wrong, he's not the guy he used to be and he isn't ever going to be that guy again, but he's not a .215/.245/.265 hitter or whatever the hell it's been since he came off the DL either.
   88. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 03:33 PM (#4269540)
A-Rod looks to me like he's really doubting whether he can hit right now. Hand injuries will do that to a hitter. Now don't get me wrong, he's not the guy he used to be and he isn't ever going to be that guy again, but he's not a .215/.245/.265 hitter or whatever the hell it's been since he came off the DL either.


Seriously, the man compiled an .860 OPS the month he got hurt. He's obviously not a super-star anymore, and not even a star, but he's not done, he's just obviously not completely healthy.
   89. Ryan Lind Posted: October 14, 2012 at 03:39 PM (#4269554)
On the other hand, as a Canadian subjected to the international TV feed, Sutcliffe's non-stop fellating of Jeter was getting pretty unbearable, and maybe he'll now cut back a bit.


I expect Rick the Sut to give us minutely updates on Jeter's progress.

Seriously, you Americans complaining about whatever announcers you have need to shut the hell up. Sutcliffe is the worst; THE WORST Jerry. We are taking the hit so you don't have to.
   90. Don Malcolm Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:05 PM (#4269572)
Oh, and in case anyone has ever wondered what Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto would look like as a high school girl...

Thank you SO much for NOT putting up the "obligatory" image of Madeleine Albright.

He stayed down, and when the trainer and manager Joe Girardi helped him off the field, he put absolutely no weight on his right leg.

Note to Grant Brisbee: Jeter fractured his left ankle, and he was putting no weight on his left leg.

Nunez and Nix are both more error prone than the garden-variety big league SS, but they both have more range than the Captain. While I'm not sure that I'd agree with AROM that A-Rod (I hope I've got those names straight...) should be put at SS today, it sure as hell would make sense to have him work out there and see if he might be able to do so when they head to Detroit.

   91. NattyBoh Posted: October 14, 2012 at 05:28 PM (#4269744)
After pondering the Nix/Nunez "solution" over moving A-Rod to short I've come to the conclusion that Girardi manages as well as he hit (using more meaningful stats than BA).
   92. Justin T., Director of Somethin Posted: October 14, 2012 at 05:58 PM (#4269821)
Seriously, you Americans complaining about whatever announcers you have need to shut the hell up. Sutcliffe is the worst; THE WORST Jerry. We are taking the hit so you don't have to.

Hey, you guys sent us Buck Martinez for the Tigers-A's series. So #### you guys right back.
   93. Ryan Lind Posted: October 14, 2012 at 06:08 PM (#4269853)
We had Buck for that series as well, so we merely extended that pain.

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