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“One of the greatest seasons I’ve ever seen considering all the factors”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 04, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Can’t let the regular season end without a post about Derek Jeter.

Career: .313/.382/.448
2012: .316/.362/.429

Obviously this season was a step down from his overall numbers, but not much of one. At 38 years old, Jeter had a year perfectly in keeping with his Hall of Fame career. He had his second-most home runs since 2005, his most doubles since 2007 and he came three away from matching his career high in hits. The most telling numbers, though, might have been these: 740 plate appearances, 683 at-bats and 159 games.

Jeter played well enough to stay at the top of the order, and he stayed healthy enough to remain in the lineup.

“Remarkable,” Joe Girardi said. “I think exceeding everyone’s expectations. His leadership, his ability to play hurt. A guy at 38 isn’t supposed to get, I don’t know how many plate appearances he had, 700 maybe? That’s not supposed to happen unless you’re maybe a DH. He played shortstop every day. He played hurt. It’s truly remarkable. For me, it’s one of the greatest seasons I’ve ever seen considering all the factors.”

Girardi expected less from Jeter?

“I don’t mean the fact that he hit over .300,” Girardi said. “But the fact that he was able to get so many at-bats and stay out there every day exceeded my expectations. I talked about wanting to get him days off, I DHed him sometimes, but I had to play him more in the field than I probably wanted to just because of the some of the things we were going through. That’s where he exceeded my expectations.”

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57 Responses to ““One of the greatest seasons I’ve ever seen considering all the factors””

  1. mick October 4th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    That was a Wally Matthews question, figures, right?

  2. G. Love October 4th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Putting another ring on it would be the absolute perfect way to finish this season for Jeter. He had a phenomenal season wire to wire thus far. He’s hitting the ball hard again and getting lift on it and he makes all the plays he can make.

  3. yankeefeminista October 4th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    G. Love October 4th, 2012 at 6:40 pm
    Maybe, just maybe, over the next few weeks we can knock off the telling people “how to be a fan” in here? Ya think?

    Everyone roots for the Yankees differently.

    This garbage really need to stop. The gloating and the pointed accusations that went on in here the past few days was disgusting.

    Hate to break it to some of you, but even people who criticize the Yankees were thrilled and smiling last night.

    But stay up on your pedestals and tell us how to be fans. Especially, those of us who have been Yankee fans since birth and lived and died with this team before 1994.

    Obviously, those of you who know how to tell everyone how to be a fan must be right about everything. All the time.

    Bully for you.
    ___
    Hear, hear.

  4. yankeefeminista October 4th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I’d never expect less from Jeter. He has been defying the odds ever since he was a little boy. I feel privileged to have watched him all these years.

  5. jmills October 4th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Hi guys, should be a fun post season ( make it so, no matter what – I’m in a potitivist state of mind. )

    Mick, if you’re out there, I’ve been a lazy ba#ta!d – still have to look up Dylan’s, ” New Morning, Blood on the Tracks.”

  6. jmills October 4th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Sorry, ” positivist.” One day,…..

  7. tomingeorgia October 4th, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    G. Love,
    All I know is that I root for the Yankees. I don’t sit in the executive offices,or in the scouting meetings. I’ve seen exactly one Yankees minor league game, Charleston vs. Augusta, this summer. I’ve been watching the Yankees for a very long time, good times and bad. I’m thrilled by the outcome, so far, this year. Don’t think I’ve ever told anyone else how to root, and yet, felt included among the targets of your screed.

    Taking a superior and condescending tone somehow doesn’t seem necessary. If Hector Lopez were back in pinstripes, I’d root for him. So, fire the manager and the GM and the owner, fine with me. Break the bank or be misers if that’s the best course, fine with me. Naysayers have never fit well with my philosophy, nor with my way of conducting my life. Neither does criticizing people, not the basis of their fandom. Go, Yankees!

  8. yankeefeminista October 4th, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Delllin pitched two scoreless innings in Instructs today, as per PP, working on CU and fastball command. 3K, 1BB. Sounds like Bird and Custodio are hitting well.

  9. jmills October 4th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Yeah, when I catch myself criticizing things, people etc., I often feel it is due to a personal momentary sense of lacking and self imposed inferiority – as a result I risk fall-out damage everywhere. I think this dog can still learn though.

  10. hbcobra October 4th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    169 games?

  11. Pat M. October 4th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    G. Love……..It’s been my belief all season that this is the last shot for this group as we know it to win one more ring……The Derek Jeter Era is coming to a closing and the curtain is ready to come down……….I think the Yanks will be a playoff contender next season and beyond because of their good young rotation to compliment Sabathia ( Hughes , Nova , Phelps, Pineda ) however their reluctance to sign Cespedes this past winter as well as Soler is going to bite them in the arse much like not inking Holiday a few winters ago……I do hope that Jacoby Ellsbury is on their radar next winter because Mesa should be ready by then, however they’ll have some issues to contend with………

  12. stanzy October 4th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I guess he was so good this year that he played some of the games twice. (169 games!) :)

  13. jmills October 4th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Jeter-740 plate appearances – like Dave Cash with the Phillies circa 1975, only better! :)

  14. CountryClub October 4th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    This won’t be a popular topic, but I think jones is going to be on the roster. If we assume that Nunez is going to be the DH vs lefties, they’re going to have to have a right handed bat on the bench. That would mean Jones or McGehee.

    I’d be fine if they took McGehee, but I can’t imagine they ever would.

  15. mick October 4th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    jmills-

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9Zha3BWbl8

  16. CountryClub October 4th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Ellsbury? No thanks. Guy has missed basically all of 2 of the past 3 seasons. They’re not signing someone like that to a big money deal.

  17. jmills October 4th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Who knows? Jeter could be some kind of Molitar-Winfield combination.

  18. mick October 4th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    jmills ….ever hear Jackson Browne’s, Late for the Sky?

  19. jmills October 4th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Thanks, Mick! Stepping aside to take it in.

  20. sunny615 October 4th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Playoff predictions anyone?

  21. jmills October 4th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Mick, no, last thing I remember is, ” Lawyers in Love.”

  22. mick October 4th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Did not know this about Blood on the Tracks

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60GAlKn03Js

  23. mick October 4th, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Tangled up in Blue

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  24. jacksquat October 4th, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Jonesy almost hit one out in his last at bat, and against a rhp, so he must be getting hot, right?

  25. Triple Short of a Cycle October 4th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I’ll be rooting for the A’s and the O’s in their series

  26. mick October 4th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnY18LRYRhQ

    a funky version of Shelter from the Storm

  27. jmills October 4th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Mick, I’m busy trying to catch up with the input, thanks!

  28. mick October 4th, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    simple twist of fate

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  29. mick October 4th, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Hurricane

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5rZK9eVzwE

  30. mick October 4th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Late for the Sky

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXmijJ7UTIY

  31. jmills October 4th, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Mick, I like Dylan’s harder rock inclinations – Alex Lifeson would like to be there if only in rhythm.

  32. jmills October 4th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    ” Hurricane,” yes, I’d forgotten I’d seen the movie, thanks.

  33. jmv October 4th, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Good evening!

    YF, how are you? Good to hear that Betances is throwing strikes

  34. yankeefeminista October 4th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Hi jmv, I’m healing well. How are you?

    Supposedly some balls were hard hit, but he worked out of trouble. I’m looking forward to seeing how he pitches in the AFL. Can’t wait to hear how DePaula does in his next appearance. J-Ram too.

  35. yankeefeminista October 4th, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Also Campos is supposed to be on a mound in a couple of weeks, but is throwing. So, that’s good news.

  36. jmills October 4th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Mick, thanks!!! I’ve saved them all! Some of the entries I could not open on this mobile, but I will, mon ami. I really respect one of your Hudson residents,…. Natalie Merchant. Great champion of the human condition!

    Hi YF! Hi JMV! – I’m still alive in the Prelude! ( Villeneuve is watching over me :). )

  37. jmv October 4th, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Always good to hear all your updates, YF!

    Pat,
    To watch Jeter go is going to hurt. And there is no one single player in the farm that resembles him, not in skills, but in attitude and profesionalism

  38. jmv October 4th, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    How are you, jmills? Maybe you can get your Prelude to NY!

    With Villeneuve as a mentor, it should be a two hours trip, LOL

  39. jmills October 4th, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Hi, jmv, hope all is swell. One Ferrari factory member loaned Gilles his personal,…. Ferrari. Villeneuve did a 5 hour European trip in 45 minutes. The Ferrari member had to explain to Gilles that the company did not pay for service :) Lauda, said that Gilles would be the fastest no matter what car. Somewhere , over, Villeneuve and Senna are duking it out.

  40. JobaTipsHisCap October 4th, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I really think the 23 format in LDS is as stupid as it gets.
    Only in MLB.

  41. Bret The Hitman October 4th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Mick,

    My favorite Dylan tune is a fairly recent one – “Shooting Star” from the Wonder Boy soundtrack. Most people think true love is an eternal experience but I side with Dylan. True love is more like a shooting star. It’s a really sad song but it’s honest and that’s why I appreciate it. Sometimes we may only catch a glimpse of something beautiful and amazing just for a fleeting moment and then it’s gone before we can entirely soak in its beauty.

    I’m not high right now, but it’s getting time.

  42. jmv October 4th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    “jmills October 4th, 2012 at 8:23 pm
    Hi, jmv, hope all is swell. One Ferrari factory member loaned Gilles his personal,…. Ferrari. Villeneuve did a 5 hour European trip in 45 minutes. The Ferrari member had to explain to Gilles that the company did not pay for service Lauda, said that Gilles would be the fastest no matter what car. Somewhere , over, Villeneuve and Senna are duking it out.”

    LOL

  43. jmv October 4th, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Dylan fans,

    What do you think of Guns ‘n Roses version of Knocking on Heavens door? Butchery?

    Andrew is making the roster, because, as all season long, there’s no one else

  44. yankee21 October 4th, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Chad

    What a good post about Jeter. What a year this guy had at the age of 38. He is an icon and will be missed big time when it is time to hang up the cletes.

  45. Bret The Hitman October 4th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Not my favorite version. Eric Clapton’s is the best. Best Eric Clapton song is “Wonderful Tonight”. Best Guns ‘n Roses tune is “Patience” but I like their heavy stuff as well.

  46. jmills October 4th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Jmv, Guns ‘n Roses’ version is fine as is , of course, Jimi all along.

  47. Nilsson October 4th, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Pat M. October 4th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    It’s been my belief all season that this is the last shot for this group as we know it to win one more ring

    ——————————————————————————————————-

    This has been the case for several years now. It seems like every season, within the past 4 seasons, was designated as the final one for the core group to win it all.

    Regardless of this year’s outcome, it could be next year, 2013. It’s the final guaranteed year for Jeter with a good chance of Mo and Pettitte returning.

  48. Wang IS Taiwan October 4th, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    G. Love October 4th, 2012 at 6:40 pm
    Maybe, just maybe, over the next few weeks we can knock off the telling people “how to be a fan” in here? Ya think?

    Everyone roots for the Yankees differently.

    This garbage really need to stop. The gloating and the pointed accusations that went on in here the past few days was disgusting.

    Hate to break it to some of you, but even people who criticize the Yankees were thrilled and smiling last night.

    But stay up on your pedestals and tell us how to be fans. Especially, those of us who have been Yankee fans since birth and lived and died with this team before 1994.

    Obviously, those of you who know how to tell everyone how to be a fan must be right about everything. All the time.

    Bully for you.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I’m posting this again because I’ve made the same complaint again and again.

    It’s BEYOND irritating.

  49. Wang IS Taiwan October 4th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Couldn’t be happier for Jete. He deserves all the recognition and more.

    Thanks for the post, Chad.

  50. jmv October 4th, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Was just checking Jeter’s contract at Cot’s:

    “2014 option may increase to $17M based on awards earned in 2011-13″. One of them is “$2M for 2nd-6th in MVP vote”. Maybe he just landed those 2 mm

  51. UnKnown October 4th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    G. Love October 4th, 2012 at 6:40 pm
    Maybe, just maybe, over the next few weeks we can knock off the telling people “how to be a fan” in here? Ya think?

    —————-

    The beginning of the best post of the year. G. Love knocks it out of the park.

    Not that anyone cares which is completely fine. And I will admit I never really added anything to the blog anyways and I enjoy reading much more than posting, but I have posted 3 times in over a week. It’s just not fun anymore. So while I still skim through the blog to read some stuff from people I enjoy reading, I really have no desire to post anything.

    Some people think this blog is all about them and not the Lohud Community and this has been my complaint many times. Nice of someone else to express my exact thoughts on the issue.

    I am really not shocked at all that some people who had great posts have decided not to post here anymore, I am more shocked that some people actually continue to post here while being scolded on what to post.

    Anyways well done G. Love as usual and Go Yanks!!

  52. sunny615 October 4th, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Heyman’s predictions:
    Rangers over O’s
    Braves over Cards

    Yanks over Rangers
    A’s over Tigers
    Reds over Giants
    Nats over Braves

    A’s over Yanks
    Nats over Reds

    Nats win it all.

  53. sunny615 October 4th, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Link:
    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/s.....rld-series

  54. Nilsson October 4th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Ooh, Jon Heyman has spoken. NOW the postseason can begin.

  55. mick October 4th, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Not my favorite version. Eric Clapton’s is the best.
    ============================
    How about The Dead on Knockin’?

  56. mick October 4th, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Check this out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  57. mick October 4th, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I am really not shocked at all that some people who had great posts have decided not to post here anymore, I am more shocked that some people actually continue to post here while being scolded on what to post.
    ==================
    You all need to lighten up…

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