Yankees captain Derek Jeter hit off a tee in a batting cage and fielded 108 grounders on the grass in front of the infield dirt Monday at the Yankees minor league complex.
The Yankees captain, at his Turn 2 Foundation golf classic Wednesday night, said his offseason has been going well and he’s “looking forward to getting out there.”
Hal Steinbrenner says A-Rod is “a great player,” but the Yankees’ managing general partner wouldn’t discuss the third baseman’s possible return to the team following a season-long suspension.
You may not recognize the new team, but you’ll probably recognize the result: just short of 90 wins, just short of the playoffs, way short of expectations.
The guy most baseball fans love to hate topped this year’s list, with two more Bronx Bombers cracking the top 10.
The Yankees officially have a new face. I know Derek Jeter is still here — and this is certainly not any disrespect to The Yankee Captain. But the reality is that there are only two players signed for more than four years and they are Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann.
“We loved Robby. He’s a great player,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday. “We made an offer we were comfortable with making. It fell far short of obviously where Seattle was. So, in terms of respect, they showed a lot more respect financially than we did.”
He was the right man at the right time for a club that had fallen on hard times before 1996. And he didn’t mess it up when it would have been so easy to do just that.
The manager of the Yankees is generally used to acquiring great players, not losing them. Joe Girardi sat down to meet the media Tuesday and had the chance to publicly address for the first time the loss of Robinson Cano to Seattle.
“We got pretty close throughout the years, but I understand it’s a business. It’s a business on both sides. I would have liked to have played with him longer but you understand it’s a business, guys move on.”
The Yankees have brought back a valuable infield depth piece. Veteran shortstop Brendan Ryan’s two-year contract was made official on Monday.
A lunch with Derek Jeter could be in your future. That is, if you have an extra $90,000 or so…
The opening bid is $90,000. It includes lunch for four with Jeter. The winner also gets four seats in Jeter’s luxury suite during a Yankees game and an autographed, game-used glove.
He definitely has the game, if not the gravitas, to lead the Bronx Bombers for the next six years. Just not 10.
The way the Yankees see it, Jhonny Peralta could fill many roles. The veteran shortstop apparently has the Bombers’ attention.