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08:40 AM ET 04.24 | The way the Yankees are going, hitting home runs at a record pace, you also have to ask another question: Does it matter if Derek Jeter isn't quite Jeter anymore? Jeter has one extra-base hit, a double, in 68 at-bats. Saturday night he had a single in four at-bats to raise his batting average to .221. Those numbers would be shrugged off as early and ugly if he hadn't fallen off to .270 last year, sparking so much debate about whether age was catching up with him. Instead they have to be at least somewhat alarming to the Yankee brass, which reluctantly gave Jeter that three-year, $51 million contract in the winter. Perhaps most worrisome, ground-ball outs are once again a huge issue.

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April 24, 2011  09:46 AM ET
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Yes, they should be concerned. A shortstop at his age - a hitter at his age - can lose it quickly.

Meanwhile, they were hijacked by Jeter Inc. - a man who helped sell tickets and merchandise, and a face of the franchise.

April 24, 2011  09:46 AM ET

Perhaps most worrisome, ground-ball outs are once again a huge issue.



Hitting into them, or fielding them if they're not hit directly to him?

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April 24, 2011  10:55 AM ET

Interesting that there's a Jeter article on the day of the year when Christians celebrate Derek Jeter rising from the grave to be reborn.

April 24, 2011  10:58 AM ET
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Meanwhile, they were hijacked by Jeter Inc. - a man who helped sell tickets and merchandise, and a face of the franchise.

A mistake then...a bigger mistake now. He got a percent of every one of those tickets and jerseys he sold. Even Mantle and DiMaggio had to go eventually. Hell, even Ruth was sent packing once he could no longer hump it. So the money they're paying a 36 year old for what he once did is money they're not paying a 26 year old for what he could do. Bad business.

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April 24, 2011  11:10 AM ET

This is a double edged sword on both sides. The Yankees thought Jeter was done (and so far they look right) and did not want to give him a fat contract. Jeter thought he deserved all that he could get because of what he has done for the Yankees through the years (in the world of sports it is what have you done for me lately) and thought he was being treated unfairly. Is Jeter unfocused because of this or is he done? Only time will tell. But I will tell you that not being a Yankees fan, there is no one I hated to see in the post season in crucial situations more than Jeter. No matter how this plays out, I have more respect for him than any other player not from my own team.

April 24, 2011  11:19 AM ET
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not for the yankeesThey can absorb a bad contract......Its not like they didnt sign players in the off season, cause the jeter contract hampered themI mean they're paying a set up man like what 12 mil?If there was a better ss on the market, please tell me who

What??? They didnt give Jeter 50 mil because he was the "best shortstop on the market". Are you kidding me? They gave him 50 million because he stomped his feet like a little girl causing a scene over candy at the check-out line.

And as to who was the best shortstop on the market, I don't know, but whoever it was, for 3 million a year they would have been getting much more value on return than they are with a 36 year old who looks 43 and is eating up 16.5 per. That I do konw.

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April 24, 2011  11:55 AM ET
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Typical Yankee attitude LOL. You had better start worrying NOW dude - the Red Sox will have you 10 games out by the All Star break.

If the Yankees had been smart, they'd have let the clowns in the Red Sox front office sign the guy and now they'd be eating the wasted millions... and please don't retort that they wouldn't have signed him -- we all know they were VERY anxious to cut off their noses to spite their faces.

April 24, 2011  12:07 PM ET
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Typical Yankee attitude LOL. You had better start worrying NOW dude - the Red Sox will have you 10 games out by the All Star break.

Typical Yankee attitude? You are pathetic. A commentator doesn't freak out about (I suppose like BoSox fans do so easily and often) Jeter and instead displays confidence since, after all how can one complain when a team is in first place?, and you knock that? Everyone should have the same attitude. Jeter doesn't carry the team and the Yankees are not struggling. He has time to improve. There's a time to truly worry and now is not it. I think there may still be BoSox fans out there worrying about Pedro losing his stuff or Buckner missing another play.

April 24, 2011  12:56 PM ET
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Typical Yankee attitude LOL. You had better start worrying NOW dude - the Red Sox will have you 10 games out by the All Star break.

Worry about what??? 10 games up on who, maybe our double AA club. The sux ship has just as many if not more leaks then the our ship has. Funny, talking smack today when you were probably one of the millions and millions of dead head sux fans calling for the boy wonders head on a platter just last week. And, don't say that wasn't happening because I read a ton of red sux nation blogs and the globe and many were ready to burn him at the stake. I needed a good laugh so I read a red sux blog! And you want to talk about our attitude as fans???? Please.....People in glass houses should not throw stones!!!!!!!!!!!

Jeter, will be fine. In what he has done for this organization the least he should have earned by now is some time to get straightened out! Remember only a few are hitting right now when the rest come around and they will, we will see who is looking up at who at the end of the year when it matters not at the all-star break!

April 24, 2011  01:00 PM ET

Worry about what??? 10 games up on who, maybe our double AA club. The sux ship has just as many if not more leaks then the our ship has. Funny, talking smack today when you were probably one of the millions and millions of dead head sux fans calling for the boy wonders head on a platter just last week. And, don't say that wasn't happening because I read a ton of red sux nation blogs and the globe and many were ready to burn him at the stake. I needed a good laugh so I read a red sux blog! And you want to talk about our attitude as fans???? Please.....People in glass houses should not throw stones!!!!!!!!!!!

Jeter, will be fine. In what he has done for this organization the least he should have earned by now is some time to get straightened out! Remember only a few are hitting right now when the rest come around and they will, we will see who is looking up at who at the end of the year when it matters not at the all-star break!

April 24, 2011  01:01 PM ET

What's Carl Crawford's excuse?

At least Jeter can site age.

April 24, 2011  01:02 PM ET
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Meanwhile, they were hijacked by Jeter Inc. - a man who helped sell tickets and merchandise, and a face of the franchise.

What's Carl Crawford's excuse?

At least Jeter can site age.

April 24, 2011  01:02 PM ET
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Typical Yankee attitude LOL. You had better start worrying NOW dude - the Red Sox will have you 10 games out by the All Star break.

... or, Boston may be 10 games out themselves.

April 24, 2011  01:08 PM ET

I think Jeter has more threads about him being done than he has actual hits this year....and for the 5th time.....you're done son

 
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