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Mr. 3000: Jeter Could Be 1st Bomber To Hit the Mark

The New York Yankees are one of the most decorated and historic franchises in sports.

Names like Mickey Mantel, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Yogi Berra and the Babe are just a handful of the historic names to don pinstripes.

“Winning Championships” is the Yankees motto. Baseball is a team sport, which makes individual accomplishments merely an added bonus. Awards for anything other than a World Series will not absolve a season’s failure.

The Yankees have housed 22 MVPs, five CY Young winners, eight Rookies of the Year, 12 World Series MVPs, eight ALCS MVPs and two Triple Crown Winners (Home Runs, RBI, Batting Average).

The franchise itself has won 27 World Series Championships and has been witness to every kind of individual player accomplishment except one.

That one is a hitter’s most elite club. Membership is only given to a player who reaches 3000 hits over his career.

There are a mere 26 members in this section of the Hall Of Fame, but not one of them has worn New York pinstripes.

Well, the chance for a Yankee to be represented on this list has come again, and this time the player could not be more fitting: It’s Derek Jeter.

Jeter is a homegrown Yankee who has been the Captain of the pinstripes since 2003.

In 1996, his first year in the pros, Jeter won the Rookie of the Year Award.

In 2000 Jeter was both the World Series MVP and the All-Star Game MVP.

Jeter has played in 11 All-Star Games, won five Gold Gloves, four Silver Sluggers, two Hank Aaron awards, a Roberto Clemente award—and that is just the top of the list of awards.

Decorated to say the least, Jeter also has five World Series rings as a Yankee, which is well beyond any expectations.

So, how perfect if the name Derek Jeter were to be the first New York Yankee to grace the 3000 hit list?

Well, what seemed like destiny for Jeter, who has just 74 hits till 3000, is no longer.

Jeter is no longer tied contractually to the pinstripes, a slight predicament which no one imagined would ever be the thing standing in his way.

If the Yankees and Jeter could find a happy medium, then a New York player could be represented on yet another exclusive list.

It would make the Yankee fans ecstatic if it were our Captain Derek Jeter.

Vince Lombardi once said, “It is time for us to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever, the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it.”

The Yankees should give this chance to Derek Jeter, who has done so much for the team. He deserves to have all his triumphs cemented in his pinstripes.

MLB Hot Stove: Why New York Yankees Fans Should Choose Team Yankees

With each passing day, this seemingly solid and prosperous marriage between Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees seems to be on the verge of divorce.

No doubt the two are more perfect as a union, as I don’t know one baseball fan that can imagine either surviving without the other.

Whose side are you going to choose TEAM JETER or TEAM YANKEES?

Let’s take a look at TEAM YANKEES…(click on TEAM JETER to read that post.)


The other side to this saga has sent people into a tailspin, as $45-$50 million over three years is way more than Jeter’s athleticism is worth.

This is true, but Jeter would still be the highest paid shortstop in all of baseball by millions of dollars. Look at the players below in comparison to Jeter:

Jeter is by far the oldest active shortstop, as well as the highest paid in 2010, taking home a $22,600,000 paycheck.

No one can hide the fact that Jeter’s age started to show last season, as his skills took a dive.

He’ll turn 37 in June 2011, and inevitably the wear and tear will only get worse.

Also, considering the shortstop position is the most athletic on the field, Jeter is seemingly way out of his prime years of production.

So, being offered $15-$18 million a season for a declining shortstop is beyond generous. It keeps Jeter way atop the payday list at his position.

It would seem ludicrous for him to not to be happy with that money. No other ball club is going to offer anything near that.

Who figured the player who says it’s not about the money would be baffled by this contract. If it is all about winning then why would he hold up more money that could be used elsewhere?

Could he be jealous of Alex Rodriguez’s bigger paycheck?

Well, then Jeter should never have signed for 10 years. He could have made his first big contract seven or six years and then we wouldn’t even be having this discussion.

At the time of his contract negotiations, A-Rod was younger and a better player than Jeter; he still is both of those.

Off the field Jeter’s behavior has been perfect, which can’t be said for the PR shit-storm A-Rod has caused the Bombers post contract.

Basically if you want a better friend, Jeter is your guy. Remember that baseball is about winning, not about who did what three years ago.

Jeter is already rich and it’s not like the Yankees are low balling him. Looking at the market, he is getting way more than his skills are worth.

The fact now is that GM Brian Cashman has made Team Yankees position clear with this statement:

“We understand his contributions to the franchise and our offer has taken them into account. We’ve encouraged him to test the market and see if there is something he would prefer other than this. If he can, fine. That’s the way it works.”

Jeter is going to get a big wake-up call when offers don’t come rolling in with his price tagged, but the fan backlash is what will sting for the Captain.

Jeter wants a bigger paycheck than $45 million in an economy where people can’t afford to eat and have lost their homes.

I would love to hear Jeter’s explanation to Yankee fans, listing all the reasons why that is not enough money to bring his talents back to the Bronx.

Jeter once said:

“We just want to win. That’s the bottom line. I think a lot of times people may become content with one championship or a little bit of success, but we don’t really reflect on what we’ve done in the past. We focus on the present.”

So, why is Derek Jeter so “baffled” by the Yankees offer if the focus is on the right now?

MLB Hot Stove: Why New York Yankees Fans Should Choose Team Jeter

No one suspected that New York Yankee captain Derek Jeter’s contract negotiations would start to resemble a page out of the Alex Rodriguez biography.

The new Yankee regime sans “the Boss” has made it very clear that this is a business decision and not a personal one. The rumored offer made was somewhere in $45-$50 million range for a period of three years.

Whatever exactly was left on the table did not go over well in Jeter camp, as Jeter’s agent Casey Close stated he was “baffled” over it.

Close’s public statements did not go over well. Yankees GM Brian Cashman, along with Hank Steinbrenner defended the decisions with an attitude that if the offer is not generous enough than Jeter should go test open market, and hear the other 29 teams offers.

This has caused pandemonium in Yankee Universe, as neither the media nor the fans can rationalize whose side to take. Unfortunately, I am having this same dilemma.

The predicament remains is it Jeter or the Yankees that needs to take a step back and get real? Will you be wearing a “TEAM JETER” or “TEAM YANKEES” t- shirt?

Speaking for myself, I can’t imagine life in Yankee Universe without Jeter, but than maybe Jeter is not the man I thought he was….


Many feel the Yankees are victimizing Jeter, as Cashman and the Steinbrenner brothers’ open lack of appreciation for someone who is the face of the franchise.

What seems more insulting is the lack of respect for the Captain of the team, who single handily made the Yankee brand what it is today.

Justifying the significant salary reduction for Jeter makes no sense. This is an organization notorious for over-paying players and out-spending every other team in baseball.

Now is not the time for the Yankees to become spending thrifty. Jeter is a special athlete, in a world full of cheaters and quitters and he should be treated accordingly.

The Yankees are officially under new ownership with the passing of “the Boss” but his sons’ reassured fans that there dad’s motto and passion for winning would never change.

Hal Steinbrenner once described the Yankees big spending as “I look at it as reinvestment for the fans sake, like we always due”.

If that statement bears any truth than Derek Jeter would be back in pinstripes already. Jeter is a winner through his leadership. The Yankee fans get to be arrogant and proud because of Derek Jeter.

Derek Jeter is the Captain every other fan base, franchise and fellow players want because he makes baseball better at time when the game has taken it’s biggest fall.

Up next….MLB Hot Stove: Why New York Yankees Fans Should Choose Team Yankees.

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Message To New York Yankees: It’s Better To Be Safe Than Sorry

Okay, so the New York Yankees contract negotiations regarding the big three of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Cliff Lee are not going quote as fans had hoped.

All the media hearsay and quotes coming from Yankee Camp has the Universe on edge. Some people, like myself have turned to inventing conspiracy theories to try and justify what could be going on. The truth is turning into the predicted “messy” situation no one wanted.

The latest is GM Brian Cashman is throwing Lee a check worth $115-$120 million for five years of his talents.

Over at Rivera camp rumor has it that the asking price will cost the Yankees $36 million for two years of Mo’s services. Is Mo must be out of his mind to ask for a raise?

Yes because he is not better, still great but showed a little wear and tear the last two seasons. To be asking for $6 million more than his 2009 salary of $15 million per season is a little ridiculous.

Then you have to consider the tough position being taken with the ex-Captain. If the latest rumor that that the Yankees front office has resorted to “arbitration-ambush” that is so degrading considering that they are dealing with a living icon, not only to the Yankees, but what he represents to the city of New York as a hometown hero.

Here is what is so bothersome about this whole process, it seems the Yankees are way undervaluing the Captain’s presence. If Jeter goes elsewhere the jeopardy it could potentially cause the organization, as a whole will be worse than people are predicting. New Yorkers will be pissed off and being well aware that not going to games means less money made, don’t think there won’t be some protesters urging fans to not go.

Also, Jeter and Rivera’s leadership is irreplaceable for the players. My bet is that without both of them, the Yankees will not make the playoffs in 2011. Jeter would be worse considering Arod might fall apart now that Jeter and him are friends.

Not to mention how it would affect Robbie Cano, who looks up to the Captain since day one. Jorge Posada is a best buddy of Jeter and very close with Mo and he could just not care anymore to win without them.

Everyone is saying it will happen, but with each passing day the media sticks the dagger in further, which it is not comforting at all. It’s better for the Yankees to give a little more, as the saying goes it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Lee is getting shown the money to play in the Bronx, but other teams than just the Texas Rangers are rumored to be going after Lee. Hopefully Cashman has made a call to CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett to go do some pinstripe-PR with their friend.

Are the players being too greedy? Or is the organization at fault for showing how loyalty is still meaningless?

As Hal Steinbrenner has made clear that he negotiations are “business decisions”, which I found cold because what’s wrong with treating a loyal employee like family. ‘The Boss’ will roll over in his grave if this gets as “messy” as his son said before it even started.

People are not robots and nothing wrong with communicating to the two veterans more civilly in my opinion.

Why not ask Jeter and Mo what they think they are worth?

That could be a starting point and Cashman, along with President Randy Levine already pissed of Jeter’s agent Casey Close into making this statement:

“There’s a reason the Yankees themselves have stated Derek Jeter is their modern-day Babe Ruth. Derek’s significance to the team is much more than just stats. And yet, the Yankees’ negotiating strategy remains baffling. They continue to argue their points in the press and refuse to acknowledge Derek’s total contribution to their franchise.”

Well, Close jammed his foot in his mouth comparing Jeter and the Babe. Ruth went to the Red Sox instead of resigning with the Bombers at the end of his career.

All I can say as a Jeter and Mo lifelong fan is that I am about to write a letter to Santa asking for the pair for Christmas. I am just not ready to let go yet and will not be a happy fan if this goes sour.