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With a changing roster comes an evolving team personality

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 12, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter was hardly in the clubhouse last season. He popped in from time to time — and there a handful of days when he was actually on the active roster — but for the most part, the Yankees captain was rehabbing in Tampa. Alex Rodriguez was also gone most of the year. So were Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson. Alfonso Soriano didn’t show up until past the All-Star break, and the big personalities of Nick Swisher and Russell Martin were in the middle of the country, far from Yankee Stadium.

So who were the key voices speaking for the Yankees last season?

Robinson Cano was the team’s best player, and he filled that void to some extent. Vernon Wells provided veteran, big-picture perspective with an enjoyable personality. Same for Lyle Overbay from time to time. Chris Stewart was actually a pretty good and thoughtful interview. And of course Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte were around as the connection to past success and tradition.

I’m thinking of this today, as I make my way to Tampa, because of Justin’s morning post. We’ve talked a lot about how much the roster has changed since last season, but I think we’re still waiting to find out how the personality of the team has evolved.

The only returning Yankees who spoke fairly often and helped shape the personality of last year’s team are CC Sabathia, Brett Gardner (kind of) and Dave Robertson (a little bit). Sabathia’s laid back demeanor is pretty familiar at this point, and I think it does help shape those around around. Gardner’s been around long enough that he knows how things have been done in the past, and Robertson has the kind of unassuming personality that works well for a reliever. That said, I’m not sure anyone thinks of Gardner and Robertson as voices of the Yankees. They certainly don’t define the team.

I’m curious to find out in these next few weeks what the clubhouse personality will be with all of these new faces. Based on the little time I’ve spent around him, Carlos Beltran seems kind of Jeter-like in the sense that he seems grounded and professional. Even if he’s not Jeter-like, I think he’ll fall in line easily with Jeter’s brand of leadership. Jacoby Ellsbury seems to not say a whole lot, but Brian McCann certainly comes across as fiery. And it’s worth remembering that Matt Thronton used to be a closer in Chicago, and Brian Roberts used to be one of the few elite players in Baltimore, so those two are used to speaking out and having their words carry weight.

Personalities certainly matter in this game. And the personality of the Yankees can’t help but evolve as the clubhouse changes.

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131 Responses to “With a changing roster comes an evolving team personality”

  1. Tackelberry February 12th, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Trisha:

    YOu could also be thinking of Moises Alou. He was with the Marlins and became a free agent in 2002 I beleive. Yanks courted him but he had no interest in playing in NY then. He did end up signing with the Cubs.

  2. AAA February 12th, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Apple Jacks Burnett to the Phils on a one year deal on the same day it’s learned that Hamels has shoulder issues. Coincidence? I think not.

  3. blake February 12th, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Bob Nightengale ?@BNightengale 1m
    AJ Burnett signs with #Phillies according to Multiple reports by their beat writers. It’s a one year deal

    why would he do this? Seems like a terrible spot for him…..bad team….hitters park…..

  4. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 12th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Tackleberry, no, it was a very soft-spoken player, white player, and it may have been after Bernie Williams left the game and we were looking for a CF. Or maybe not. :) He was a highly-respected OF. Of course this will drive me crazy until I think of his name. I know we were very interested in him. Rollins. Rowley. Something like that? GRRRR!

  5. AAA February 12th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    why would he do this? Seems like a terrible spot for him…..bad team….hitters park…..

    ===================================

    Best combo of proximity to home and NL?

  6. Jerkface February 12th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Best combo of proximity to home and NL?

    Maybe also biggest guaranteed $$$. He is also 37, so its not like he had everyone clamoring for him.

  7. Jerkface February 12th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Burnett got 1/16 from the Phillies. Basically, I doubt the Pirates were even close and no other team wanted him.

  8. Hankflorida February 12th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    They have a pretty solid bullpen too, and the Yankees pen is pretty suspect. The good news is the Red Sox IF defense will take a hit with Drew gone, and their offense looks weaker with Ellsbury and Saltamalachia gone. Victorino and Ortiz also should regress a bit.

    Pete, I agree with your analysis, and I do not think the Rays, O’s or Jays have improved either. The Yanks are a notch up with their starters, and the bullpen is still a question mark. With the 2012 lineup, this team would probably run away with the division, but with this new cast of characters on offense, we will have to wait till the curtin goes up before we make any judgements.

  9. Frankg February 12th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks so much for posting the picture of those smiling faces on the Yankees. It does my heart good to see multi-millionaires enjoying their jobs and not having to worry about whether they are earning their pay and keeping their jobs.

  10. Ys Guy February 12th, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    I was kinda hoping to see AJ sign with the Orioles. I think his return to the AL East would have been amusing and profitable for the Yankees.

    Probably a much better choice on is part to go to Philly.

  11. blake February 12th, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    “Burnett got 1/16 from the Phillies. Basically, I doubt the Pirates were even close and no other team wanted him.”

    ok that makes sense then…..the Phillies are crazy. They need to re-build bad.

  12. pat February 12th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    $16M is a nice paycheck for Burnett

  13. Captain Clutch February 12th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    The pirates were probably offering Burnett half of that. He picked the lesser team and more money which every player……except a Red Sox would do. But from the phillies point of view it doesn’t make a lot of sense.

  14. Jerkface February 12th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    But from the phillies point of view it doesn’t make a lot of sense.

    Hamels may go down and they will need pitching. I guess they’d rather gamble on 1 year of AJ than 3+ years of any of the other choices on the market. No draft pick for AJ either.

  15. blake February 12th, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    The Phillies are lying to themselves and have been for a couple of years now…..there is really no harm in any 1 year deal but the problem for them is that they keep doing stuff like this instead of tearing it down and rebuilding.

    There is a point for teams where winning games actually hurts more than it helps and the Phillies are close to that point……all winning a few more games for them means is that they are gonna get a worse draft pick……

  16. AAA February 12th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    The pirates were probably offering Burnett half of that.

    =============================

    Yep. Pirates got good mileage out of Burnett for 2 years and $13M (the Yankees paid $20M). Doubt they were going much higher than that though. They’ve got a couple Top 20 pitching prospects who are getting close, but not sure they help this year.

  17. pkyankfan69 February 12th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    The Phillies window is sure closed for awhile… Good for AJ, $16M and he’s close to home which is important with his wife being scared of flying.

    Amaro is an awful GM

  18. ZachA February 12th, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    There are only ten carryovers from last year’s Opening Day roster. And honestly who knows if Nunez or Suzuki will make the April roster. That would be a 2/3rds overhaul.

    1. Frankie Cervelli
    (GONE) Robinson Cano
    (GONE) Brennan Boesch
    2. CC Sabathia
    (GONE) Mariano Rivera
    (GONE) Chris Stewart
    (GONE) Lyle Overbay
    (GONE) Ben Francisco
    3. Hiroki Kuroda
    4. David Robertson
    (GONE) Jayson Nix
    5. Brett Gardner
    (GONE) Andy Pettitte
    (GONE) Boone Logan
    6. Eduardo Nunez
    7. Ichiro Suzuki
    8. Ivan Nova
    (GONE) Joba Chamberlain
    (GONE) Travis Hafner
    (GONE) Kevin Youkilis
    (GONE) Vernon Wells
    9. David Phelps
    10. Shawn Kelley
    (GONE) Cody Eppley

    *Disabled List*
    1. Cesar Cabral
    (GONE) Curtis Granderson
    (GONE) Phil Hughes
    2. Derek Jeter
    3. Michael Pineda
    4. Mark Teixeria
    (GONE) Alex Rodriguez

  19. Tar February 12th, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Trisha

    Wasn’t his name Aaron Rowland or something like that. Guy use to crash into walls, signed with SF I beleive. Just going off your post above I didn’t read the past thread.

  20. Tar February 12th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Blake

    Game is on tonight. May open it up to students if no one can make it there. Like they did with MD a few years back. Fixing to get nasty here soon

    Catch you all later

  21. avipacker February 12th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Yes, Aaron Rowand is who you’re thinking of I believe.

  22. blake February 12th, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Wonder if they’l rescheudle the game?

  23. Chip February 12th, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    AJ makes perfect sense for the Phillies. He’s durable, can slot in between Hamels and Lee and will thrive in the NL East.

  24. Irreverent Discourse February 12th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Burnett handled the zero expectation atmosphere of Pittsburgh like a champ.

    Unfortunately for him, Philly is nothing like that.

  25. Chip February 12th, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Blake -

    If Burnett has a good first half but the Phillies stink they’ll be able to spin him into a pretty nice prospect at the deadline.

  26. blake February 12th, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    AJ has a no trade in the deal doesn’t he?

  27. blake February 12th, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Chip,
    if AJ doesn’t have a no trade then I agree…..but if he does then that really throws a wrench in that strategy

  28. pat February 12th, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Advanced look at The Deal.

    ESPN’s newest 30-for-30 short focuses on the Alex Rodriguez trade to the Red Sox that nearly happened — before the Yankees stole him at the last minute.

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:10410371

  29. Ys Guy February 12th, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Chase Utley might be able to help a contending team this fall, but the 3 years $45M currently left on his contract could be a large obstacle to picking him up.

  30. Chip February 12th, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    To the topic at hand, the changing personality of the team….

    I think the most noticeable change is clearly behind the plate where McCann brings an edge that the Yankees haven’t had since Jorge was back there. Beltran is a Bernie Williams type of quiet lead-by-example guy.

    The pulse of the Yankees though will be what it has been since 1997 – Derek Jeter.

  31. blake February 12th, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    “Chase Utley might be able to help a contending team this fall, but the 3 years $45M currently left on his contract could be a large obstacle to picking him up.”

    yup

  32. pkyankfan69 February 12th, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I’d take Utley and that 3 for $45M on the Yanks in a heartbeat.

  33. Chip February 12th, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    FYI – Regarding my post above – Yes I realize Jeter came up in 1996 but I wouldn’t call him the leader of the Yankees as a rookie.

  34. Chip February 12th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Ys Guy February 12th, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Chase Utley might be able to help a contending team this fall, but the 3 years $45M currently left on his contract could be a large obstacle to picking him up.
    ———————-

    Agreed.

    Same with Marlon Byrd, Carlos Ruiz and J-Roll.

  35. pkyankfan69 February 12th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Utley and Roberts would be a nice Combo… Utley plays 100-120 games… Roberts plays his 40 games and Nuney (barf) can take the leftovers.

  36. pkyankfan69 February 12th, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    CF – Ellsbury
    SS – Jeter
    RF – Beltran
    C – McCann
    DH – Soriano
    2B – Utley
    1B – Tex
    3B – Aram
    LF – Gardner

    B: Cervelli – Ryan – Johnson – Ichiro

    DL – Roberts
    AAA – Nuney

    I could live with that O for the stretch run ;)

  37. Irreverent Discourse February 12th, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I’m curious. If you had to flip a coin where if it came up heads Roberts went on the DL, and on tails Utley would go on the DL…

    Would it simply cease to exist in midair?

  38. pkyankfan69 February 12th, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    ^^ That team would have been absolutely beast-like 2009(ish)

  39. bigdan22 February 12th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    The Yanks did a good job of acquiring needed talent in the free agent market this winter. But that job isn’t over. There’s the draft of course and the July 2 event but I’m more interested now in the Cuban pool. There’s been some talk of Diaz but it seems like there may be several other players available as well. Does anybody have a link to a good list or description/ranking of these guys? It’s almost like a whole team has been made available through free agency all at once. Different players, different positions, different ages, different abilities.

    I hope the Yanks plan on being active in this arena. It’s going to require some good scouting and financial commitment. I would imagine the Yanks would be most interested in middle infielders (Diaz) and of course any fairly young pitching.

  40. Ys Guy February 12th, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    “Burnett handled the zero expectation atmosphere of Pittsburgh like a champ.”

    =======================================
    not really, his august #’s from 2012 (when they were in contention) were horrible, then again last season he folded like a rusty lawnchair in the heat of the pennant race. Not to mention his awful 2 innings in the Post Season last October.

  41. AAA February 12th, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Jesus Montero officially apologized to Mariner fans for last year’s issues…………but showed up for camp out of shape and has already been put on a weight loss program.

  42. Ys Guy February 12th, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    On August 10 last year, the Pirates held a 4 game lead over the Cardinals when AJ Burnett took the mound in Colorado. He gave up 5 ER that day and over his next 7 starts posted a 5.75 ERA and the lead was gone.

    AJ got it back together (vs. SD and Cin) for his last 3 starts but the Buccos ended up 4 games behind the Cards.

    Then in his one NLDS start, the Cards ripped him for 7 ER in 2 IP.

  43. Ys Guy February 12th, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    “AAA February 12th, 2014 at 1:46 pm
    Jesus Montero officially apologized to Mariner fans for last year’s issues…………but showed up for camp out of shape and has already been put on a weight loss program.”
    ——————————————————————–
    …but the Yankees doubts about his attitude and work ethic were completely unfounded, right?

  44. Bret The Hitman February 12th, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    AAA February 12th, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Jesus Montero officially apologized to Mariner fans for last year’s issues…………but showed up for camp out of shape and has already been put on a weight loss program.

    ______

    Well Babe Ruth ate hot dogs and had a candy bar named after him so I dismiss your emotionally charged attacks on the savior. You want him to fail. Me Randy and Pruf are not longer interested in engaging you in baseball talk.

  45. Revenge of Stoneburner February 12th, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    AAA February 12th, 2014 at 1:46 pm
    Jesus Montero officially apologized to Mariner fans for last year’s issues…………but showed up for camp out of shape and has already been put on a weight loss program.

    *****

    wow just wow

    Bob Dutton @TNT_Mariners

    Montero? Not even close. Already on a weight-loss program. @seahawkforlife does he look like he is in shape ?

  46. Revenge of Stoneburner February 12th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Ys Guy February 12th, 2014 at 1:52 pm
    “AAA February 12th, 2014 at 1:46 pm
    Jesus Montero officially apologized to Mariner fans for last year’s issues…………but showed up for camp out of shape and has already been put on a weight loss program.”
    ——————————————————————–
    …but the Yankees doubts about his attitude and work ethic were completely unfounded, right?

    *****

    Correct, anything that Cashman and other Yankees brass does must be criticized and be unfounded

  47. pkyankfan69 February 12th, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    I get how an older player who already locked into a long term for big money could get lazy and out of shape but not a young guy like Montero… I mean I guess he got his $2M signing bonus but with the crazy amount of money players are getting these days that is chump change… He must be lazy as hell.

  48. Ys Guy February 12th, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Me Randy and Pruf are not longer interested in engaging you in baseball talk.
    =================================
    so at least now we know what was discussed at the last meeting of the Montero Fanboy Club!

  49. tomingeorgia February 12th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Watching this Japanese baseball game suggests to me that these guys don’t seem to be having any fun!

  50. pkyankfan69 February 12th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I still remember hearing the Montero trade news on a WFAN news report on a drive up to VT…

    “The Yankee have traded Jesus Montero for Seattle right hander…”

    At that split second I thought we had trade Montero in a package for King Felix.

  51. tomingeorgia February 12th, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Ys,
    You must be devastated!

  52. Bret The Hitman February 12th, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Meanwhile, Pineda, hunk of man, chiseled beast is gunning for a starter spot with the New York Yankees not apologizing for the needle sticking out of his KFC enhanced buttox.

  53. pkyankfan69 February 12th, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Wow… Jeter…

  54. Ys Guy February 12th, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    and just for the record Randy and I have been at it for years standing on opposite sides of most Yankee issues, yet we have always sparred yet engaged with one another. And I value Randy’s input even as I disagree with it.

    Speak for yourself and let the rest of your ‘posse’ speak for themselves. You not ‘engaging’ me in dialog is no loss for me.

  55. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Jeter announces retirement after 2014 season…

    Tell the truth: did you ever think you’d see Jeter walk away from the game with absolutely no one coming up behind him to man SS at Yankee Stadium?

  56. tomingeorgia February 12th, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    That’s some announcement by DJ. Another Victory Tour in the works. He wants some of the swag Mo got.

  57. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Wanna point out this announcement came via… Facebook. So for all you social media critics, have at it.

  58. Mottsx February 12th, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Hanley would be a fool to sign an extension now knowing he could have the Yankees and Dodgers bidding Cano $$ against eachother next year.

  59. Mike Ri February 12th, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    It was bound to happen at some point ! ….. Lets go out on top buddy !

  60. blake February 12th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    I never thought Jeter would announce it…..this makes me sad….makes me feel old

  61. Against All Odds February 12th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    The last piece of the core four…this is crazy.

  62. tomingeorgia February 12th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Where’s Phil Linz?

  63. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    @Joelsherman1 Jeter put on his Facebook page that he was retiring. Talked to #Yankees exec who did not know it was coming.

    HA!

    It’s hard to imagine the core four each going out with a whimper. Sad days.

  64. tomingeorgia February 12th, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    blake,
    I AM old, but this makes me feel older.

  65. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    blake – Weird to think we’re in for another retirement tour. Didn’t think there was a chance in hell we’d get that with Derek.

    I really hope this team can compete this year… last year was an embarrassment. Mo should have been pitching in October.

  66. AAA February 12th, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    They better make the playoffs now. The Yankees final game this season is in Boston.

  67. Captain Clutch February 12th, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I always knew that this would be Jeter’s last season but I didn’t expect him to announce it. I am surprised that he announced it before the season but maybe he felt like he owed it to the fans.

  68. blake February 12th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Go get everybody you can Yankees to send him out a champion!

  69. raymagnetic February 12th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Now they can definitely sign Drew. /blaked

  70. Mike Ri February 12th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    lol lol ..this does make me feel old . .. and sad …..

  71. TheStraw February 12th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Win one more for the Captain (and bring Mo back to close out the playoff games)

  72. Against All Odds February 12th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    blake February 12th, 2014 at 2:16 pm
    I never thought Jeter would announce it…..this makes me sad….makes me feel old

    —–

    We all feel old right about now :(

  73. Mike Ri February 12th, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Captain my Captain !!

  74. Mike in Harrisburg February 12th, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Stunned but not stunned, as I’m sure you all understand.

  75. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Kind of appropriate that this was posted this morning:

    @DugoutLegends Rare shot of Derek Jeter wearing a vintage Yankees cap, jersey, and an old glove. #Yankees @JeterTurn2 pic.twitter.com/BtsBQwe3MG

  76. chicken little February 12th, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Have to say this — yankees should sign Drew — play him at 3B this year — no longer will be specter of club trying to replace jeter.

  77. blake February 12th, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    I imagine this is how my dad felt when the mick announced he was hanging them up….luckily I’ll have all year to enjoy seeing Derek play

  78. austinmac February 12th, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    We all knew Jeter wouildn’t play forever, but it still makes me sad as well. Hal, can we help him go out a winner.

    It does make me wonder why now. Too much to go through again? Still having some issues with his ankle? Or just has had enough?

  79. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Nah nah nah nah nahhhhh our server is better than yours! – Lohud

    @RiverAveBlues Yes, Jeter’s announcement broke RAB. Yes, we’re working on it. Thanks for being patient.

  80. AAA February 12th, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    He’s going to have to have a REALLY good year to catch Rose now.

  81. blake February 12th, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Go get Drew….go get everybody. This is a title where now Hal…..you didn’t allow Mo to leave a winner…..give Jete the best chance possible

  82. Revenge of Stoneburner February 12th, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    @Joelsherman1 Jeter put on his Facebook page that he was retiring. Talked to #Yankees exec who did not know it was coming.

    ******

    this is a true WOW JUST WOW

    It was just so exciting back in ’92 – a year after getting Brien Taylor in the draft – and then Ruben Rivera bursting onto the scene in 1993 – mixed in the middle was Jeter being drafted no. 6 –

    many super thanks again for the Astros and others for passing on Jeter (like the O’s with Jeffrey Hammonds)

    and many super thanks for Gene Michael and company for being able to restrain George from doing something foolish in those early to mid-90s

  83. tomingeorgia February 12th, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    As the Jeter news arrived, so did the freezing rain. Damn to both.

  84. Melkmanisinhotlanta February 12th, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Goodbye Derek.

  85. blake February 12th, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    @mikeaxisa: Love that Jeter will completely overshadow Selig’s retirement tour. He is truly a man of the people.

  86. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    blake February 12th, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    @mikeaxisa: Love that Jeter will completely overshadow Selig’s retirement tour. He is truly a man of the people.

    ————–

    Ha!!

  87. blake February 12th, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    @ChrisCotillo: Derek Jeter’s official retirement announcement. #Yankees http://t.co/0utVfXcPY6

  88. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    this is a true WOW JUST WOW

    ———–

    Kinda great, actually.

    Derek doing everything how he likes it: on his terms.

  89. bigdan22 February 12th, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Wow, I think this is surprising. But I guess it’s not.

    You have to wonder two things, what were the factors that led to this decision and how does it affect the Yanks’ determination that Jeter is their SS in 2014. Quite frankly, can Jeter play out this year?

    In November 2012, I pointed out that I thought it was highly unlikely that Jeter would ever be able to play regularly as a ML shortstop again. I thought it was unwise for the Yanks to assume he be ready opening day last year and more unwise to assume he would start for them for the entire season. My position hasn’t changed for this coming season, yet I was feeling a bit optimistic that maybe Jeter could once again pull off the improbable.

    The timing of this announcement makes you wonder if Jeter wonders if he can play out this season.

  90. Jerkface February 12th, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Jeter and Mariano retiring so close to each other is the slammed door end of an era.

  91. Patrick February 12th, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I really didn’t expect this announcement, I thought for sure Jeter was the kind of guy to drag his career out to the bitter end. So on one hand it’s nice to see him leave the game before he’s a broken down mess but on the other this is brutally depressing. I grew up watching Jeter, he’s my all time favorite player. One of the best players to ever wear the pinstripes, we are lucky to have seen him play

  92. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I knew it was unlikely but I just didn’t see Alex being on this team longer than Derek. Really hope they make a trade soon, this INF is a f*cking nightmare and Derek was the guy I thought would end up with the best season of all of them lol.

  93. tomingeorgia February 12th, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I thought he’d wait until after the season to announce his retirement. This doesn’t seem Jeter-like.

  94. hardwired7 February 12th, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Goes out on his own terms, still playing his natural position at the age of 40. He could not have asked for anything more.

    Cooperstown is about to get even classier and Yankee-centric in the near future: Mo and Derek in back-to-back years.

  95. blake February 12th, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Get Drew and Ubaldo and Hanrahan …..get everybody…..Jeter needs to go out drinking champagne

  96. blake February 12th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    tomingeorgia says:
    February 12, 2014 at 2:30 pm
    I thought he’d wait until after the season to announce his retirement. This doesn’t seem Jeter-like.

    I agree…. I’m a little surprised ….shocked really

  97. blake February 12th, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Jeter and Arod have played their last game together

  98. Ys Guy February 12th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I’m floored!

    I thought Jeter would have none of that “farewell tour” stuff.

    I thought this was going to be his last season, but I never thought he’d announce it until September.

  99. tomingeorgia February 12th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    blake,
    It’ll sell tickets everywhere, though, and think of the jersey sales! He gets a piece of those, doesn’t he?

  100. Against All Odds February 12th, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Jerkface February 12th, 2014 at 2:29 pm
    Jeter and Mariano retiring so close to each other is the slammed door end of an era.

    ————-

    Yes it is. It’s weird and surreal at the same time.

  101. Ralow February 12th, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Sounds like Jeter wants a farewell tour like Mariano got.

  102. blake February 12th, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    @daynperry: Will be very touching when Yanks let A-Rod walk out and remove Jeter during his final game at the Stadium.

    Lol

  103. austinmac February 12th, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Jeter’s message suggests it is no longer fun. Rehab is misery, no doubt. I feel a real sense of loss. Let’s hope he is healthy and can have a good last year. Few do. He deserves it.

  104. Ys Guy February 12th, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I wonder if this might be the result of discussions about his moving to another position?

    As in Cashman asked about him moving and said he couldn’t guarantee him another year at SS after this one but they’d give him one last year there…

  105. hardwired7 February 12th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    This also explains why the Yankees gave him such a generous contract for this year. He’s going to fill the seats as the season winds down no matter what happens with the team on the field.

    He said he’s been considering this for months. The Yanks must have had some inclination that this was going to be the last hurrah.

  106. Against All Odds February 12th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    @mikeaxisa: Love that Jeter will completely overshadow Selig’s retirement tour. He is truly a man of the people.

    ————–

    That will make Trish happy

  107. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal

    Former player: “Alex is taking ground balls at Short RIGHT NOW.”

    ———–

    HA! Seriously, please get me Andrus or Castro or multiple Cubans or… someone. I need a body right now. (Get your minds outta the gutter!)

  108. blake February 12th, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Team greedy wants a 2014 WS for Jeter

  109. Doreen February 12th, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Just saw DJ is retiring after the season. Sad.

    Announcing now is good for ticket sales. And it also helps Yankees with future planning.

    Plus if a farewell tour is good enough for Mo and Chipper Jones (not to mention Selig), I guess It’s good enough for Jeter. Plus it will be fun to see the lovely parting gifts. ;)

  110. bigdan22 February 12th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Just read his statement. This is def physical related. At may not just be his ankle. He feels his body is breaking down.

    I too felt that that Jeter would retire at the end of a season, not it’s beginning. I wonder if this is Jeter’s way of saying I don’t think I can play fully this coming season.

    I said months ago I expected Ryan to be playing a lot of SS this year. I think we can count on that. I’m still not sure the Yanks will re-think Drew now or attempt to trade for a future starter. It really depends just how strong Jeter is. We should get some more info soon.

    Good news is, Nunie just moved up the depth chart!!

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