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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

Giancarlo Stanton (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Are WHIP, ERA, OBP More Important Than Average & Homers?

I guess if there is anything in baseball that’s akin to alchemy’s quest to turn base metals into silver or gold, it would be to find a magic formula which would predict victories on the field.

05/07/2014

Joe DiMaggio (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: All-Time AL NYC Vs. All-Time NL NYC — Who Would Win?

I thought I would round out this discussion by choosing all-time teams: one comprised solely of Yankees and the other with players from the New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Mets.

04/25/2014

A New York Yankees cap (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Is NY A National League Or American League City? (Part 2)

This is a follow-up from my previous column, where the question under consideration was: Is New York an American League city or a National League city?

04/08/2014

Yankees hat (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Is NY A National League Or American League City? (Part 1)

Gabe Costa takes an approach which is both subjective and qualitative. He takes a look at both temporal (historical) and spatial (geographical) aspects of this issue in Part 1.

04/03/2014

Mark Teixeira (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Breaking Down The 2014 Yankees

In this installment of By The Numbers, after briefly considering the division in which the Yankees play, I would like to give one man’s view of the Bronx Bombers, and what may happen this season.

03/20/2014

Robinson Cano #22 of the Seattle Mariners hits an RBI single against the Colorado Rockies during the fifth inning of the spring-training game at Peoria Stadium on March 3, 2014 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: How Runs Lead To Wins, From A Sabermetrics Perspective

Bill James gave us what can be considered as the “seminal” model for sabermetrics when he wrote about Runs Created (RC).

03/06/2014

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