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Joe DiMaggio (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Where Have You Gone Joe DiMaggio?

Had he lived, Joseph Paul DiMaggio would have turned 100 years old on Nov. 25. His career has been celebrated in print, film clips and music, while his legend has been passed on from generation to generation.

12/03/2014

Giancarlo Stanton (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Do Mega-Contracts In MLB Make Sense?

Stanton is now 25 years old. At the end of his contract he will be 38. On the “average,” will he be worth $25 million a year?

11/19/2014

Former New York Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton signs copies of his new book, "Ball Four: The Final Pitch" on November 27, 2000 at a Waldenbooks store in Schaumburg, IL. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Newsmakers)

By The Numbers: Great Baseball Books To Get You Through The Offseason

There are many more books I could have suggested, but hopefully the spring will be here before we know it.

11/05/2014

Members of the New York Yankees celebrate winning the World Series on October 26, 2000. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: A Look Back At 10 Especially Memorable Fall Classics

In this installment of By The Numbers, I recap 10 Fall Classics — starting in 1958 — which I vividly remember and which, for me, are frozen in time.

10/20/2014

Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees acknowledges the crowd after hitting a single during the final at-bat in the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Sept. 28, 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: A Last Word On Yankees Legend Derek Jeter

Father Jack Radano is a lifelong Yankees fan. He spent many years laboring at the Vatican and is presently a professor at nearby Seton Hall University. I asked him to give his thoughts on Derek Jeter’s last year.

10/06/2014

Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees singles against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Comerica Park on Aug. 26, 2014 in Detroit. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: What Would Your All-Time MLB Lineup Look Like?

If you were tasked with picking an all-time MLB lineup, what would it look like? What would be the parameters for selection?

09/22/2014

Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees throws for the putout at first in the first inning during their game against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium on September 7, 2014. (Photo by Travis Lindquist/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: What Will Life Without Derek Be For The Yankees?

So as we mull over this year, let us also take a premature look at next year in anticipation of life without Jeter in 2015.

09/08/2014

Second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera #3 (L) of the Washington Nationals plays in short right field while employing a defensive shift with teammates Jayson Werth (2nd L, in right field) and first baseman Adam LaRoche against Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies in the ninth inning of a 4-0 Nationals win at Nationals Park on August 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Why Do Hitters Continue To Try To Beat The Shift?

It’s the offense’s move. I suspect we will not see a major reaction or response from batters this year, not as long as they stubbornly insist on making hard outs rather than trying for soft hits.

08/27/2014

Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees walks back to first base after running out a sixth-inning infield base hit against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium on August 9, 2014. The hit was Jeter's 3,431st career hit, moving him past Honus Wagner and into sixth on the all-time hit list. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Has Derek Surpassed Honus As The Greatest Shortstop Ever?

Is Wagner still the greatest shortstop of all time? A year ago, I would have said “Absolutely!” Now I am not so sure. This brings us to Derek Jeter.

08/11/2014

The daughter of Babe Ruth, Julia Ruth Stevens, throws out the ceremonial first pitch as grandson Tom Stevens looks on during pregame ceremonies prior to the start of the last regular-season game at Yankee Stadium between the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees on September 21, 2008. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Little-Known Facts About The Babe From Julia Ruth Stevens

I suspected that I would know most of the “answers,” but it was interesting to hear these responses and observations about “daddy” from Julia herself, and how they confirmed what I had read before.

07/29/2014

Mickey Mantle (Photo credit should read PAUL BUCK/AFP/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Remembering The Iconic Mickey Mantle

Over their careers, I would take Mays over Mantle. However, during their primes, I think The Commerce Comet was superior to The Say Hey Kid.

07/15/2014

Albert Pujols (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Taking A Closer Look At Extra-Base Average

Bonds is the only player in history with a SECA of over .600, with a career mark of .606. He is followed by Ruth (.594) and Ted Williams (.553).

07/01/2014

Tony Gwynn (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Tales Of Gwynn’s Goodness Are Endless, And So Are His Stats

Tony, enjoy the Big Ball Orchard in the Sky. Give my best to the Babe and Lou.

06/19/2014

Jackie Robinson (Photo credit should read  STR/AFP/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Is There A Correlation Between The DH And Integration?

There is no doubt that the National League (read: Dodgers) took the lead in 1947 in breaking the color barrier. However, it took more than two years for a second NL club to integrate.

06/03/2014

General view of Citi Field as the St. Louis Cardinals play the New York Mets on June 11, 2013 (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Yankee Stadium And Citi Field — A Tale Of 2 Parks

Two shutouts while surrendering seven hits in 18 innings. What a difference a ballpark makes! And because of this, we are left with lots of questions — in two parts.

05/22/2014

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