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08:15 AM ET 04.22 | With a trend dating back to the beginning of last season, some are now wondering how much longer the rope is for Derek Jeter. This is no longer a small sample size. Jeter has 810 plate appearances in that period; only Rickie Weeks, Ichiro Suzuki and Juan Pierre have more. That means Jeter is batting just about more than anyone in baseball - more than any Yankee since the beginning of last season -- and not producing on-base skills or power. His problems this year mirror last season. There is just no oomph in his bat. He has one extra-base hit in 71 plate appearances this year. He again cannot get the ball in the air with any authority. He has hit 2.93 groundballs this year for every flyball, which is the highest percentage in the majors. He led the majors at 1.96 last year. It is getting worse, not better.

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April 22, 2011  08:28 AM ET

I guess it was time for another Jeter thread. There is no magic number when it comes to declining skills. He still may come out of it but chances don't look good at the moment.

April 22, 2011  08:30 AM ET

This could be an interesting place today.

Morning Mongo.

BALLS!!!

April 22, 2011  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

This could be an interesting place today.Morning Mongo.BALLS!!!

Morning Clem. Personally I thought Jeter would have gotten off to a better start.

April 22, 2011  08:41 AM ET
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Morning Clem. Personally I thought Jeter would have gotten off to a better start.

I would have thought so too. He is really struggling. Although, several Sox hitters are playing just as poorly.

April 22, 2011  08:44 AM ET
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I would have thought so too. He is really struggling. Although, several Sox hitters are playing just as poorly.

Look around the league at some of the pitching and very low era's. All that will even itself out. It's good the Sox are playing better but still are struggling hitting with men in scoring position.

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April 22, 2011  09:03 AM ET

Maybe it's the minka-dinka-do effect?

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April 22, 2011  09:45 AM ET
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And I'm loving it. Got 3 three years to go - even BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!

Maybe he'll retire shortly after reaching 3000 hits if his skills continue to detiorate. It's not like he has to play out the length of the contract.

April 22, 2011  09:49 AM ET

As we get older, everyone has trouble getting it up in the air... that's what I hear.

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April 22, 2011  10:03 AM ET

he's done son

April 22, 2011  10:12 AM ET

Hey, we've got more home runs as a team to this point than the '27 Murderer's Row Yanks. So no, we don't need Jete to hit home runs for us.

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April 22, 2011  10:44 AM ET
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He's batting .219 with 15 total bases in 64 at bats. Doesn't help the Yankees much to have an automatic out at the top of the order.

Wow - that is pathetic!

 
April 22, 2011  11:03 AM ET
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He's batting .219 with 15 total bases in 64 at bats. Doesn't help the Yankees much to have an automatic out at the top of the order.

He's the Captain. He's done enough in the past to deserve a chance to work through his issues now. We have enough lumber to carry him.

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