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Jeter and the Yanks: together forever, no matter what anyone says

Aug 10, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

Even when things are going perfectly in the Bronx, someone has to inject some kind of negativity:

As vital as Jeter has been to the organization since becoming the
starter in 1996, the Yankees soon must decide how much he is worth to
them. Jeter’s 10-year, $189 million contract expires after the 2010
season, but the Yankees have not formally approached him about an
extension. “I haven’t even thought about it,” Jeter said . . . “It’s 2009,” Jeter said. “It’s not 2010.” Then Jeter paused before adding, “Or 2011.” By mentioning 2011, Jeter was seemingly intimating that he just needs to know where he is playing before then.

Or just acknowledging that he is under contract for 2010 and wanted to be accurate.

Look, there is zero chance that the Yankees aren’t going to get something done with Jeter that ensures he will end his career in pinstripes.  I’d wager my kids on this.  Sure, the Yankees will overpay somewhat for the production they’re likely to receive. Sure, they’ll still have the problem of where to play Jeter as he reaches the end and can’t really handle shortstop anymore, but the chances of ever seeing him in another uniform are nil, because it’s in absolutely no one’s interest for him to walk, and everyone involved knows that.

I know it can get boring writing “everything going wonderfully in Yankee-land!” stories, but suggesting that there is some kind of contract issue on the horizon for Jeter and the Yankees just isn’t credible, even as muckraking fodder.

  1. George - Aug 10, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    If he continues his current pace, sometime just before the end of this season,Jeter will get his 2,722nd hit to pass Lou Gehrig as the all-time Yankee hit leader. And sometime in 2010, he’ll reach the 3,000-hit mark. The Yankees will NOT trade, release, etc., their only 3,000-hit, first-ballot HOFer. Never. Nada. No way. He’ll be 37 when he gets his 3,000th. I think he’ll still be at SS until then, but he could easily move to second or third, or DH. With his lifetime BA where it is, he’ll get to the plate somehow. And there’s enough space in monument hall for his.
    While they don’t have to worry about it yet, there are key players who are getting on in years. Damon and Jeter are 35, A-Rod is 34, Pettitte is 36, Posada is 37, and Rivera is 39. Three HOFers (A-Rod, Jeter and Rivera)will be hard to replace. But they have Texiera, Cano, Cabrera to build around when the time comes. How do you replace the three HOFers? Well, you really don’t; you just try to find quality players and hope for the best. And always remember, the Yankees are the greatest team money can buy. This is the cry of Yankee haters, but it’s true.

  2. RichardInDallas - Aug 10, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Personally, I hope they give him a 10 year extension for $800,000,000. New York is the only place where Jeter would be at the “top of the heap” the way he is there. He’s very good, bordering on GREAT, but he’s NOT the best thing to wear a baseball uniform, let alone a Yankees suit.. And I want him to get all that money so the evil empire will know what it’s like to spend too much money for their own good.

  3. DinkyDow - Aug 10, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    I finally figured out what the “Green Monster” really is in Red Sox land….it’s envy.

  4. ditmars1929 - Aug 10, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    This is such a non-story. Jeter playing anywhere else is an impossibility. But of course, you can count on the morons at the NY Daily News and the Post to turn it into a big deal, strictly for their own agenda, of course.

  5. MLS - Aug 10, 2009 at 6:44 PM

    For Jeter to get his 3000 hit in 2010 he would have to get over 300 hits between today and the end of the 2010 season. As I write this Jeter has 2674 hits, meaning he needs 326 hits to get to 3000. This is really unlikely to happen before sometime in May or June of 2011.
    Other than that, I agree 100% that Jeter will get the hit in a Yankee uniform and will retire a Yankee, never having played a MLB game for any other team. His #2 will never be worn by another Yankee and In 2075 the Yankees will put up the 6th monument in his honor.

  6. HERVEV LAURENT - Aug 11, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    DUDE YOU HAVE BUILT UP ANGER FOR THE YANKEES BUT IT IS MISGUIDED, YOUR ANGER SHOULD BE WITH THE RANGERS FOR BUILDING TEAMS THAT SUX, BUT YOU KNOW THIS, AS THE YANKEES SPANKED THE RANGERS ON THE WAY TO A WORLD SERIES WIN, MANY TIMES.
    ON THE JETER ISSUE YOUR RIGHT HE IS “NOT the best thing to wear a baseball uniform “, YOU ARE CORRECT, HE IS THE SMARTEST, WHY DO YOU THINK DAVEY JOHNSON OF TEAM USA SAID ” HE WAS THE FIRST GUY, BECAUSE YOU NEED A LEADER” – DO NOT LET YOU HATRED FOR THE YANKEES BLUR WHAT YOU SEE, A GUY WITH BLOOD ON HIS HEAD CHECKING TO SEE IF THE GLOVE HAD THE BALL AFTER HE LANDED 5 ROWS DEEP WHILE A-ROD WAVED TO SEND HELPBECAUSE HE IS HURT-OH HE DID THIS A FEW TIMES…… AND KLET US NOT FORGET HIS ” FLIP ” AGAINST THE A’S
    AND HIS SIGNATURE PLAY DEEP IN THE HOLE THE JUMP AND THROW OUT AT FIRST…….
    FINALLY THE EVIL EMPIRE SPENDS LAOTS OF MONEY BECAUSE AS STEINBRENNER SAID WHEN HE PURCHASED THE TEAM FOR 8 MILLION
    ” NEW YORK DESERVES A WINNER AND THAT’S WHAT THEY ARE GONNA GET”
    THANK YOU GEORGE, JETER AND THE REST OF THE TEAM, COACHES, FRONT OFFICE PEOPLEFOR DOING THAT.
    BY THE WAY, IF THE OTHER TEAM OWNERS STOPPED PUTTING YANKEES / METS LUXURY TAX IN THEIR POCKET AND INTO THE PAYROLL THEY TO COULD WIN.
    NO COMPLAINS WHEN THE D-BACKS AND MARLINS BEAT US IN THE SERIES BUT WHERE ARE THEY NOW……..
    HEY DALLAS WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME TEXAS MADE THE PLAYOFFS….
    PLAY BALL…….

  7. HERVE LAURENT - Aug 11, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    DITMARS, I THINK YOU MAY HAVE A FEW YEARS ON ME BUT WHO CARES…
    I SAY WHAT YOU WRITE EVERYDAY, READING ABOUT SPORTS
    IN NYC IS SAD, I TRY NOT TO READ THE POST AND DAILY NEWS
    THEY ACTUALLY BELIEVE THE CRAP THEY WRITE IS WHAT I WANT
    BUT IT IS NOT. THEY HAVE TO MAKE THEMSELVES RELEVANT, BUT
    I WILL NOT USE MY HARD EARNED MONEY TO BUY THOSE PAPERS.

  8. Donnie Baseball - Aug 13, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    RichardinDallas – if you are a Rangers fan, you have alot of nerve bringing up salaries – A-Rod’s salary from the Rangers pushed up the pay scale as much as anything the Yankees have done. I live in Big D as well, and see Tom Hicks keeping the team down. Sure could have used Alex Rios in this lineup…..

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