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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fritz: Orioles need to sign Derek Jeter

(tosses loose Motorifik info in air) Must find “Fritz Bugs Out” issue in this madhouse!

The Orioles have many holes—first base, third base, veteran starting pitching and the bullpen. But they also need a shortstop. More importantly, they need a leader.

They need Derek Jeter.

Sure, he’s 36 and will turn 37 during the 2011 season. But he’s durable, playing at least 150 games the past seven seasons. His batting average fell from .334 to .270 and his home run total dropped by eight to just 10. But he drove in 67 runs and won a Gold Glove. He’s no Cesar Izturis defensively, but he’s solid and his hitting numbers crush those of Izturis.

Jeter also would bring five World Series titles, command respect in the locker room and show a young Orioles team how to play the game. The future Hall of Famer is 74 hits from 3,000. If there is one thing the Orioles do well, it’s milestone ceremonies.

If the Yankees are willing to let Jeter test the free-agency market, then the Orioles should be there with an offer, somewhere in the four-year, $60 million range. Really, whatever it takes. Ask Cal Ripken Jr. to help recruit him. And then, because you have a shortstop who does more than hit singles, you can maybe re-sign Ty Wigginton to play third or first and still be able to spend decent money for another corner infielder.

Repoz Posted: November 18, 2010 at 10:41 PM | 32 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: November 18, 2010 at 11:04 PM (#3693218)
Wow, what a bad idea.
   2. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: November 18, 2010 at 11:17 PM (#3693233)
I think he'd be a good fit for the Orioles if they could sign him for one year at $10M and have him play 3B...
   3. mathesond Posted: November 18, 2010 at 11:19 PM (#3693236)
Jeter also would bring five World Series titles

The Orioles are going to sign Jeter for 5 years?
   4. DCA Posted: November 18, 2010 at 11:21 PM (#3693238)
Perhaps not wise based on pure performance/price, but Machado is a few years away and might not be able to stick at SS anyway, there's nothing else in the system of value there, so Jeter wouldn't hurt the O's on the field any, just cost more than an equivalent generic FA shortstop. The extra cost would easily be recouped by marketing.

But it would be awesome. The shock and horror of casual fans at Jeter being let go. Please please.
   5. The Essex Snead Posted: November 18, 2010 at 11:25 PM (#3693243)
And then, because you have a shortstop who does more than hit singles, you can maybe re-sign Ty Wigginton to play third or first and still be able to spend decent money for another corner infielder.

Yeah, that wouldn't be a pointless youth-movement setback at all. After all, why see if Josh Bell is worth a fig when you can just get Wiggy with it for the 10th or 11th time in franchise history? Maybe you can snag Lyle Overbay, too! Look out 5th place!
   6. Swedish Chef Posted: November 18, 2010 at 11:33 PM (#3693252)
The Transaction Oracle post for this signing has a lot of potential for funny and/or anguish.
   7. Ned Garvin: Male Prostitute Posted: November 18, 2010 at 11:35 PM (#3693255)
I'm sure this would be Derek Jeter's dream come true, getting to play for the 2011 Baltimore Orioles.
   8. Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora Posted: November 18, 2010 at 11:45 PM (#3693265)
Wow, what a bad idea.


Oh my you are right, it's bad for:

1: Derek Jeter
2: The Orioles
3: Yankee Fans

I mean, yikes...
   9. Van Lingle Mungo Jerry Posted: November 18, 2010 at 11:51 PM (#3693269)
Are we absolutely, 100% sure this isn't a parody?
   10. Willie Mayspedester Posted: November 18, 2010 at 11:56 PM (#3693276)
How would this effect Wieters HOF chances???
   11. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: November 19, 2010 at 12:03 AM (#3693279)
Just for fun, this means that Buck Showalter would be Jeter's manager again. Certainly they had interaction in 1995. I wonder what their relationship was like?
   12. Guapo Posted: November 19, 2010 at 12:04 AM (#3693280)
If there is one thing the Orioles do well, it’s milestone ceremonies.


That actually made me laugh out loud. Well played.
   13. Gamingboy Posted: November 19, 2010 at 12:23 AM (#3693297)
Just for fun, this means that Buck Showalter would be Jeter's manager again. Certainly they had interaction in 1995. I wonder what their relationship was like?


"ROOKIE! YOU'LL NEVER MAKE IT IN THIS LEAGUE IF YOU CAN'T GET BALLS TO YOUR LEFT!"

"ROOKIE! IF YOU HIT LIKE THAT, YOU'LL NEED KIDS TO REACH OVER THE FENCE TO GO DEEP!"

"ROOKIE! YOU'LL NEVER SCREW ANY PRETTY WOMEN IF YOU PLAY LIKE THAT!"

"YOU'LL GET A AWESOME NICKNAME LIKE 'BUCK' THE DAY WE PLAY WORLD SERIES GAMES IN NOVEMBER. NOT LIKELY, ROOKIE!"
   14. sunnyday2 Posted: November 19, 2010 at 01:31 AM (#3693324)
And they should bring back Miggie Tejada while they're at it.

Jeez, this is what got 'em in the hole they're in in the 1st place.
   15. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: November 19, 2010 at 01:33 AM (#3693327)
Why don't they just sign Ripken?
   16. CraigK Posted: November 19, 2010 at 01:39 AM (#3693333)
I wonder what Brooks Robinson's doing now.
   17. zenbitz Posted: November 19, 2010 at 01:49 AM (#3693337)
Even more hilarous than Jeter on the O's would be the O's miraculously going on to win the NL east and the WS after signing him.
   18. rr Posted: November 19, 2010 at 01:58 AM (#3693340)
NL east


Well, in this scenario, Selig might have the Orioles and Nats switch leagues to give The Captain a better shot at the post-season.

Few things in sports really, truly surprise me anymore, after years of intense geekdom. But I will be really, truly surprised if Jeter is not back with the Yankees.
   19. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 19, 2010 at 01:59 AM (#3693341)
would be the O's miraculously going on to win the NL east and the WS after signing him.

That would be miraculous.
   20. Cooper Nielson Posted: November 19, 2010 at 02:02 AM (#3693344)
Cross-posting from the other Jeter thread:

And here's the thing I've been thinking about: Jeter has had a fabulous career, he's famous, and fans (mostly) like him, but is he really the kind of player who brings people to the ballpark? When the Yankees are in town, do you want to go to games to see Derek Jeter? I don't think so. You go to see the Yankees, and he's just a part of what makes them lovable/hatable. Only a few players are truly individual draws — Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, A-Rod (at least in his prime), Tim Lincecum, Albert Pujols, Roy Halladay, etc. It's usually sluggers and pitchers who might throw a no-hitter on any given night. I don't really think fans go to the park to see Derek Jeter's fundamental soundness, selfless bunting and crisp line-drive singles.

If a team like the Orioles or even the hometown Tigers signed Derek Jeter, I don't think it would have much of an impact on ticket sales — beyond any increase they might get from extra (expected) wins. And if the Yankees lost Jeter, fans would be angry but I don't think they'd stop coming to games. I don't think Jeter has as much leverage as his agent thinks.
   21. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: November 19, 2010 at 02:19 AM (#3693355)
Yeah, that wouldn't be a pointless youth-movement setback at all. After all, why see if Josh Bell is worth a fig when you can just get Wiggy with it for the 10th or 11th time in franchise history? Maybe you can snag Lyle Overbay, too! Look out 5th place!
I don't know what planet you're on, but Ty Wigginton was above replacement level. You can't really ask for anything more than that from your team.
   22. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: November 19, 2010 at 02:33 AM (#3693365)
Please, please, please let the Asbestos King take a serious run at Derek Jeter.
   23. Spahn Insane Posted: November 19, 2010 at 03:01 AM (#3693374)
Jeter also would bring five World Series titles

The Orioles are going to sign Jeter for 5 120 years?


FTFY.
   24. Spahn Insane Posted: November 19, 2010 at 03:01 AM (#3693375)
double post
   25. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: November 19, 2010 at 03:28 AM (#3693385)
Yeah, the Orioles need to get out of the shadow of their glamorous rivals and snap up a guy with once-in-a-generation star power. It'll work almost as well as when the Cardinals signed Emmitt Smith!
   26. escabeche Posted: November 19, 2010 at 07:05 AM (#3693437)
The shock and horror of Oriole fans would surely exceed that of Yankee fans.
   27. Into the Void Posted: November 19, 2010 at 07:32 AM (#3693439)
If they can sign Jeter, maybe Pettitte and Rivera will follow him to Baltimore. Then they could trade Wieters plus another prospect for Teixeira. That's the start of a dynasty right there.
   28. Something Other Posted: November 19, 2010 at 09:37 AM (#3693450)
Wow, what a bad idea.

Oh my you are right, it's bad for:

1: Derek Jeter
2: The Orioles
3: Yankee Fans

I'm still not seeing the downside...
   29. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: November 19, 2010 at 09:44 AM (#3693451)
This is not going to happen because it makes too much sense.
   30. bond1 Posted: November 19, 2010 at 04:43 PM (#3693600)
I don't really think fans go to the park to see Derek Jeter's fundamental soundness, selfless bunting and crisp line-drive singles.

Fans may go to the park to see Jeet strikeout: All time career leader in Ks at shortstop.
   31. puck Posted: November 20, 2010 at 06:25 AM (#3694152)
Fans may go to the park to see Jeet strikeout: All time career leader in Ks at shortstop.


Do you have the list?

I was thinking none of the Jose Hernandez types lasted long enough to put up big strikeout numbers. But Hernandez did a pretty good job, 1391 K's, although only 815 came as a shortstop.
   32. Cris E Posted: November 20, 2010 at 07:04 AM (#3694159)
I wonder what kind of sweet, sweet lady friend companionship Derek could find in the land of Mary? Being domesticated now, he'd probably have to take out an ad like Coco Crisp to get a helpful, practical girl to handle his affairs.

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