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ESPN:NY Article Review of the Jeter Contract Situation

November 28, 2010 Leave a comment

I only check the ESPN: New York satellite site because its a means of organization, that I can see Yankees, Giants, Jets, Devils, and Nets all on the same site instead of trying to find it on the main ESPN hub page.  I do this mostly for quick score updates of stats, as well as headlines.  I normally don’t read much beyond that, because in all honesty, it’s crap.  But I did come across one article yesterday from Ian O’Connor about a compromise between the Yankees’ camp and the Jeter camp that’s worth reading.  I was quite surprised to read along with and agree with O’Connor’s words, that rarely happens.

Here’s the article

Things I agree with:

  • The idea of a compromise, falling in between the Yankees’ initial offer of 3 years for $45 million, and Jeter’s belief that he’s still worth of $100 million.  The middle? 4 for $70m.
  • How Jeter has no leverage coming off his worst season statistically, at age 36, some terrible timing on his part.
  • How Jeter has beat the Yankees in terms of negotiating in the past, whether through arbitration years, or getting more money a few years after George Steinbrenner would not notarize a deal that was already set in place.
  • How Jeter is the reason Cashman normally won’t negotiate during the arbitration years for the youngsters.  I can only imagine the raise that Robinson Cano will get after his current contract is up, or what Phil Hughes’ first big contract since his signing bonus as a senior in high school will be.
  • The way the Steinbrenner brothers run the team financially (like night and day).  Hank awarded A-Rod with the massive contract full of options and monetary achievements, and Hal is pinching pennies on the Yankee captain.

Things I disagree with:

  • Mentioning how Jeter has been on record to compromise already, whether moving off of short in the future, or working on his defense in the offseason after a dinner with GM Brian Cashman.  Workout regimes and future hearsay are two totally separate things, especially when dollars are involved.  Just because someone compromises in one area doesn’t mean they will in another; a stupid assumption.
  • O’Connor getting cute by bringing his story full-circle with the Jordan-Washington Wizards and Toledo Mud Hens metaphor from the intro paragraph.  Just the kind of tackiness that keeps this article from being perfect, but I don’t expect anything less from ESPN: New York.

Hal Steinbrenner said things “could get ugly” and he was right, it has.  Of course, this is the ugly side of baseball, the whole negotiating game that isn’t played on a diamond with 90 ft. basepaths.  There have been numerous reports coming out on a daily basis of the “who said what” rant, and I’ve found myself overloaded and unsure of who to believe.  More numbers have been thrown around in the past few weeks then in an antique automobile auction.

What I do like in terms of the rest of the major leagues, is how Jeter is going to be paid well above market value.  Other premiere shortstops such as Troy Tulowitzki will use Jeter’s previous and current contracts to their advantage, possibly pricing himself out of Colorado, and perhaps ready to take over once the aging Jeter either calls it quits or (voluntarily) moves off the shortstop position.

So, things are getting a little sour.  Cashman says Jeter is free to test the open market and find a better deal.  Hal has stated that “we’re trying to run a business here.”  Jeter’s agent Casey Close may or may not have let his camp’s demands leak, and may or may not have tried to cover it up.  That’s what happens during negotiations in the offseason.

The Captain eluded questions from the media all season long about what would happen this offseason when his current contract expired.  We all understand why.  But let’s not forget what happened to Bernie Williams after the ’98 season.  Things are now both magnified and amplified due to new media and the timing of when we get ours news.  Thanks, Twitter.

The Boss’ Monument

September 21, 2010 Leave a comment

GEORGE M. STEINBRENNER III
July 4, 1930 – July 13, 2010
New York Yankees Principal Owner
“The Boss”
1973 – 2010

A true visionary who changed the game of baseball forever, he was considered the most influential owner in all of sports. In his 37 years as Principal Owner, the Yankees posted a Major League-best .566 winning percentage, while winning 11 American League pennants and seven World Series titles, becoming the most recognizable sports brand in the world.

A devoted sportsman, he was Vice President of the United States Olympic Committee, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors and a member of the NCAA Foundation Board of Trustees.

A great philanthropist whose charitable efforts were mostly performed without fanfare, he followed a personal motto of the greatest form of charity is anonymity.

photo credit: AP Photo/Kathy Willens

Posada’s List

April 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Here’s the link of the article by Yahoo’s Tim Brown, a Q&A with Yankee catcher Jorge Posada:

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=Aj_4e7nzuuEnOVdlquEiNkMRvLYF?slug=ti-posada042710

A very fun read, brings back some memories of older Yankee pitchers such as Clemens, El Duque, Coney, and even Hideki Irabu (yikes)

The Curious Case of New Moon Saloon

by Bill Pettigrew

THE HEIGHTS—The fountain of youth is on tap at New Moon Saloon, for only $1 a draft.  The bar that’s been located in the Heights district of Jersey City has experienced a gentrification over the past year or so, for about as long as bartender and Saint Peter’s College student Jason Cox has worked there.

With Jay’s arrival, New Moon has added a Facebook account for marketing and promotions, new high-def televisions, a few dozen ping pong balls, and a seven foot long table.  All of this is to invite a younger crowd into the bar, going as far as having weekly College Nights every Thursday.

The influx of college students taking over on Thursday nights has had both a positive and negative effect on the bar.  The place is crowded, with plenty of youngsters enjoying themselves which means big profits for the owners and bartenders.  However, the regulars don’t seem to fit into a place they’ve drowned their sorrows in for years.

While Thirsty Thursday means getting dressed up and a long night of drinking for most college students, it’s just any other Thursday to the old crowd at New Moon Saloon.  Ownership thought there would be an easy transition, but as Cox explained, college students aren’t ordering what the regulars normally would.  Jack and Cokes, Tequila shots, and martinis are out.  Pitchers of domestic beer, Jagerbombs, and shots of vodka are in for the young crowd.

While New Moon’s gentrification has paid dividends, the new crowd has not mixed well with the old crowd.  There have been a few quarrels, shouting matches, and a clear generation gap on display.  Everything from games to music has been altered to fit the student’s desires.  Motown has been replaced with dance hits, and instead of playing darts, everyone plays beer pong.

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