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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Jeter enjoys day in the minors

The kid had just blown an easy play in center field and he came back to the dugout with his head down. And the first hand that landed on his shoulder, the consoling hand, belonged to Derek Jeter…

Jeter had already hit three times, in fact had led off each inning in the privilege afforded major leaguers who are doing a rehab assignment in the minor leagues, and now it was his turn to hit again.

“Why don’t you go up there and hit first this inning?,” Jeter asked the kid.

“Maybe you’ll hit better with a guy on base,” cracked a sideline kibitzer named Reggie Jackson.

“At least I won’t feel so bad if I make an out,” Jeter replied. He had grounded out in each of his three at-bats so far.

“I think I’ll try to hit the ball on the ground this time,” he said to Jackson, smiling wryly.

Meanwhile, the kid took Jeter up on the offer, and on the first pitch he saw, cracked a home run over the left-field fence.

“You see? You see?” Jeter shouted. “I know what I’m doing.”

Then Derek Jeter stepped into the batter’s box for the fourth time—and grounded out to third.

Thus ended the Yankee captain’s day as a Scranton RailRider on Saturday. He will remain a member of that squad, or in fact, any minor-league squad the Yankees are sending out between now and whenever it is determined Jeter is ready to return to playing shortstop every day for the big club… hanging over his head is the knowledge that the Yankees are planning to start him off on the DL, and hanging over the Yankees’ heads is the knowledge that all season long, they may be carrying a shortstop who can no longer bear the load of playing every day…. Jeter, of course, is still insisting he will play Opening Day, and is clearly not happy about having to spend the rest of his spring playing in minor league games, even if there is less than a week of training camp left…

... he seemed proudest of his decision to let young Jose Toussen bat in front of him, and the results it produced. “I knew he was gonna hit a home run. I could see it in his eyes,” Jeter said. “I’m a pretty good manager, too.”

The District Attorney Posted: March 24, 2013 at 05:56 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: derek jeter, minor leagues, yankees

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   1. Walt Davis Posted: March 24, 2013 at 06:46 PM (#4395434)
“I know what I’m doing.”

Then Derek Jeter stepped into the batter’s box for the fourth time—and grounded out to third.


The mind is willing ...
   2. Monty Posted: March 24, 2013 at 06:53 PM (#4395435)
Jeter had already hit three times, in fact had led off each inning in the privilege afforded major leaguers who are doing a rehab assignment in the minor leagues


I did not know that!
   3. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: March 24, 2013 at 06:57 PM (#4395437)
I'm fairly sure that's just a spring training rule.
   4. Monty Posted: March 24, 2013 at 06:59 PM (#4395438)
Even so! I always thought the lineup was the lineup, regardless of how many levels of "exhibition rules" are going on.
   5. Jim Wisinski Posted: March 24, 2013 at 08:49 PM (#4395507)
Minor league spring training games are completely unofficial though, I don't know if they even keep score.
   6. John Northey Posted: March 24, 2013 at 08:55 PM (#4395517)
The Jays had Ricky Romero throwing a certain number of pitches, then sitting while another pitcher finished the inning, then he got to start the next inning. Rules are pretty much up to the teams involved in minor league spring training.
   7. boteman Posted: March 24, 2013 at 09:01 PM (#4395529)
Jeter rules.
   8. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 24, 2013 at 09:01 PM (#4395531)
as a Scranton RailRider

God damnit! They removed "/Wilkes-Barre" from the name? The stadium is still in a wasteland halfway between the two places, you know. Come on!

This is unacceptable. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, whose arena is actually in Wilkes-Barre (well, Wilkes-Barre Township), need to cut that superfluous S-word from their monicker as well.
   9. boteman Posted: March 24, 2013 at 09:40 PM (#4395548)
West Pittston, represent!
   10. Bob Meta-Meusel Posted: March 24, 2013 at 10:24 PM (#4395563)
So, is this the beginning of Jeter angling for a player-manager job so he can pencil himself into the lineup and follow in Pete Rose's footsteps?
   11. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: March 24, 2013 at 10:27 PM (#4395566)
needs something new for the gift basket
   12. John Northey Posted: March 24, 2013 at 10:37 PM (#4395571)
One does wonder... if the Yankees do fall on hard times might they look at making Jeter player/manager? After all, why not? It would be popular with fans and might help encourage him to move away from the field more and more.
   13. Ulysses S. Fairsmith Posted: March 24, 2013 at 10:54 PM (#4395575)
Not only is Derek Jeter the greatest player of all time, he's the greatest human being of all time. He's probably the greatest thing of all time. Everyone on earth benefits from breathing the same air that he does. Even inanimate objects are better because of his existence.
   14. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: March 24, 2013 at 11:36 PM (#4395592)
The kid had just blown an easy play in center field and he came back to the dugout with his head down. And the first hand that landed on his shoulder, the consoling hand, belonged to Derek Jeter…
Jeter had already hit three times, in fact had led off each inning in the privilege afforded major leaguers who are doing a rehab assignment in the minor leagues, and now it was his turn to hit again.
“Why don’t you go up there and hit first this inning?,” Jeter asked the kid.
Meanwhile, the kid took Jeter up on the offer, and on the first pitch he saw, cracked a home run over the left-field fence.


Well, golly gee willikers Mr. Jeter, you're just the swellest guy ever. Maybe I can grow up to be just like you and bang heaps of women.

   15. Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: March 24, 2013 at 11:58 PM (#4395606)
Everyone on earth benefits from breathing the same air that he does.


well, we certainly do.
   16. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: March 25, 2013 at 01:39 AM (#4395625)
One does wonder... if the Yankees do fall on hard times might they look at making Jeter player/manager? After all, why not? It would be popular with fans and might help encourage him to move away from the field more and more.

If Jeter the player/manager took the Pete Rose route to the all-time hit record, that would be weirdly awesome.
   17. boteman Posted: March 25, 2013 at 08:59 AM (#4395668)
Would player/manager Jeter pencil himself into hitting leadoff every inning?
   18. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 25, 2013 at 09:49 AM (#4395699)
Would player/manager Jeter pencil himself into hitting leadoff every inning?


Pencil? I'm thinking one of those gigantic sharpies, and then he can just copy that page and fill out the rest of the 8 spots as need be.
   19. bunyon Posted: March 25, 2013 at 10:16 AM (#4395726)
Not mentioned in the article is that his previous three ground outs were to the left fielder.

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