Here’s something new: An organization has decided to honor the Yankees captain.
Derek Jeter will receive the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award from Phi Delta Theta fraternity, which counted Gehrig among its members. The award recognizes a player who “best exemplifies the giving character” of Gehrig off the field.
Jeter will receive the award tomorrow in Tampa when he kicks off his charity golf event. The award itself is kept at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
A few other notes from the day.
• It’s not directly related to the Yankees, but Tigers designated hitter/catcher Victor Martinez may be lost for the season after tearing his ACL during an offseason workout. That’s a rough blow for Detroit.
• Down in the Dominican Republic, Robinson Cano has started his own offseason workouts, and today he donated six ambulances and four school buses to his home town. Don’t cha know, that’s well done by Robbie Cano.
• If you haven’t done so already, read my friend Donnie Collins’ take on the Jesus Montero trade. I liked the deal for the Yankees. Donnie’s not so sure about it, and as always, he makes some fine points.
• News that will surely grab the Yankees interest: Cole Hamels agreed to a one-year deal with the Phillies today, and his agent said Hamels’ “sights are now set on free agency.” Whether he actually gets there remains to be seen.
• Among the other players who avoided arbitration today were former Yankees right-handers Jeff Karstens and Tyler Clippard, who agreed to contracts with the Pirates and Nationals.
• Gerrit Cole, whom the Yankees drafted by failed to sign a few years ago, has been invited to big league camp with the Pirates. He was the first overall draft pick last year. The Pirates also invited catcher Eric Fryer, who was traded from the Yankees to the Pirates in the 2009 deal for Eric Hinske.
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