A-Rod came back last night but Derek Jeter was injured and the losing continued for the Yankees. Brian Heyman has the story.
Edwar Ramirez got some good advice over the winter. This notebook also has news on Darrell Rasner and Chris Britton.
So let me get this straight, Derek Jeter gets hit on the hand in the third inning and in the sixth inning LaTroy Hawkins decided to hit Luke Scott and missed twice before getting ejected?
So now Hawkins will join Melky Cabrera, Shelley Duncan and Kyle Farnsworth as players who have been suspended this season. Well, at least the Yankees lead the league in something.
The book on Jeter is to pitch him inside because he dives over the plate as he swings. Every pitcher knows this and Jeter knows this best of all. Getting hit is a cost of doing business for him. Jeter has been hit by a pitch 132 times in his career and the vast majority have not been on purpose. Watch him swing the bat.
If the Yankees retaliate every time Jeter gets hit, they’re going to run out of pitchers.
UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Of course the rabid dog posters who think baseball is wrestling totally didn’t understand what I wrote.
If another pitcher hits Jeter on purpose, then by all means the Yankees should retaliate.
But Cabrera was clearly not doing that. Any pitcher, including Yankee pitchers, have the right to pitch inside. When Jeter dives in and commits to a pitch, he’s going to get hit sometimes. Or do you really think that 132 times he has been hit were intentional?
I’m all in favor of the team taking care of matters that need to be taken care of. But that doesn’t mean every HBP is a call to arms. Or spikes if you’re Shelley Duncan.