Morning Bits: Kuorda pitches a gem, Jeter moving up career hit list & more

What an outing from Kuroda last night.  Two hit shut-out against one of the best hitting teams in the league.  Tonight’s matchup is Feldman vs. Garcia and first pitch is scheduled for 7PM EST.   Enjoy!

Now for some links….

– Kuroda was the Yankees Hiro last night writes Andrew Marchand of ESPN NY.

ESPN also has another story about Pettitte worried about another setback.

Matthew Leach of MLB.com writes that Kuroda has been under the radar but overachieving.

Steven Miller of MLB.com has some tidbits including that Jeter now stands alone in 12th place on the all time career hit list.

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  1. article i wrote before the season about Jeter’s assault on the hit list if anyone wants to re-read or take a look at the comments and what everyone talked about.

    http://yankeesfansunite.com/2012/01/06/jeters-2012-assault-up-the-mlb-all-time-hit-list/

  2. Ha. Ha ……Matt S. Thanks for posting that. This comment from Ken OR is the smoking gun. It WAS he who was saying Jeter was hanging on for more hits. Previously he said it was other people on the Internet who mentioned it.

    And it seems like the long slide down hill offensively that Ken predicted has not happened as Jeter’s average has gone UP the last 3 seasons and now stands at an astounding .320,

    oldyankee77 | January 6, 2012 at 9:01 PM
    He will have to be pushed out the door just as Posada was. He is sticking around for more hits.
    Jeter is a spical player but, he is not one of the gods of baseball, in June, he will be 38. There is no way he should be the every day SS for the Yankees, the only thing he MAY have going for himself is his bat but, that is starting a long slide down hill also.
    I know, I am a Jeter hater. KMA!

    • twasp…
      Don’t take my comments out of context. Others have mentioned that Jeter is holding on for the hits and I have also. I also wrote, a few days ago, that I had not taken Jeters style of hitting into consideration when making that prediction.
      A .320 avg is very good but, one looks into his avg and see problems that say .320 is not as productive as most .295 hitters. Have you guys read what everyone is saying? Everyone is saying hits, hits and hits but, it seems like you haven’t looked at the production made from those hits…not much production at all. 38 RBIs, 17 GDP, 69 Runs, I don’t see much production here but, I do see a lot of hits 156 of them, which is good for Jeter.
      Twasp, you say Jeter is #26th in SS fielding %, no no no he is 35th, I have my opinion on Jeter and I stick by it, Jeter is now for Jeter not the team…how many times have you seen him bunt to move someone up when he should have been trying to get on base himself to be knocked in.
      You also say he only has 8 errors this year, wrong he committed two errors that were not counted as errors in one game and another the next day…home cooking anyone!

      • Ken, Jeter is what he is…..a great singles hitter with moderate Doubles & HR power but hitting leadoff he won’t get a lot of RBIs. Its not accurate to say Jeter hasn’t had much production. Consider the following:

        1) He leads all A.L. Shortstops in Runs Created (72) and in wRC+ 113

        2) He leads the Yankees with a .330 BA with RISP, 53 points better than the next best Yankee – Swisher at .277

        3) You can’t fault Jeter for his RBI totals. They are all about the hitters in front of him getting on base and having the speed to score. The Yankees 9th batters have a .319 OBP this yr and the 8th batters have a .280 OBP%. Needless to say, that is horrible. Gardner’s .350 OBP% and blazing speed are missed at the bottom of the order. Until Ichiro arrived, there was no speed back there.

        4) He’s 10th in the AL with 70 Runs which is less than usual for him. But that is also dependent on the hitters behind him and most importantly the hitter directly behind him. Curtis granderson has a meager .236 BA and is 2nd in MLB with 144 Strikeouts. Grandy has a meager 12 Doubles & 3 Triples. This means he doesn’t advance Jeter much with hits or outs. Grandy does have 30 HRs but 20 have been solo shots. Jeter has been on base on 7 of his 10 HRs with runners on base.

        • Fishjam…
          I have not (in my memory) said Jeter wasn’t a great singles hitter. Compaire Jeter to other lead-off hitters not SS.
          Only because I respect you, I done done this list!
          Check-out these NYY stats vs the rest of the team w/lg norm;
          #4-361 outs, #3-RC-71, #9-RC/G-5.3 (5.4), #3-BAbip-.352 (.294), #1-BA-.319, #4-OBP .361 (.338), #12-SLG-.423 (.423), #10-OPS .784 (.799), #9-OPS+, 110 (.112), #11-Own%-. (.572), #7-BtRun, #6-BtWins-0.6 (6.4), #13-Tota-.688 (764), #15-SecA-.171 (.303), #14-ISO-.104 (.194).
          () = league Avg.
          I think this shows Jeter has gone down even against his team mates, let alone the league.
          Because I wanted to show what I have been trying to say, I made this list (1-1/3 hrs). I will never ever do it again. It is borring and takes to damn long. :)

          • Ken, I’m sure you worked hard on those #s but I must admit I don’t understand them. You say you “wanted to show what i have been trying to say.” Are you saying that he isn’t productive? We’ve already established he’s the most productive SS in the A.L. As far as comparing him to other leadoff hitters, its not really valid or useful to compare players of different positions based on their batting order position. But to play along a bit, the job of a leadoff hitter is to get on base….most of the rest is out of his control Only 2 teams in MLB have a higher OBP% than Jeter’s .361 from their leadoff hitters, Detroit & the Angels with Mike Trout & Austin Jackson.

            All stats aside, the bottom line is Jeter is having a good season and much better than most expected at 38 yrs old. He’s helping the team score runs and win and has been a pleasant surprise as the top hitting SS in the A.L. He’s not the same dynamic player he was in his 20′s at all but he is also not done by any means. He’s playing well and you trying so hard to make him look bad is just as crazy as people obsessing over him breaking Rose’s record.

            • fishjam…
              No, I was just trying to make a point, one you just said, he isn’t the same productive player he was!
              Jeter is a lead-off hitter once in a game, what about all the other times?
              Jeter has always been a very good to great SS but, those days are over, even at his age he is still a good SS…much better than I expected!
              I am not trying to make him look bad, I am trying to point out just what you said…he isn’t in his 20s anymore! The numbers I showed tell the story! So, why not play Nunez next year as a part-time SS? It would help keep Jeter fresh and get playing time for Nunez.
              Yesterday Jeter had a good day, productive at bats are always welcome.

      • Ha ha Ken…

        1.I posted your comment in black and white it says Jeter has stuck around for hits……read it….you wrote it…..and it is preposterous……and you are the only one saying it . Show me where you saw anyone else saying it (besides red sox fans and Jeter haters). Strike one!

        2. Jeter’s job is to get on base, set the table for the middle of the lineup to drive him in…3,4,5. And he’s been doing that better than any other SS in the league. Strike 2!

        3. One minute you’re saying he’s selfish and going for hits and hurting the team, and the next minute younare saying he’s sacrificing bunting to move the runners over and NOT going for hits and hurting the team……. That’s ridiculous! Strike 3!

        Anymore Jeter hating and striking out and you will be DFA’d. ;-)

        • twasp….
          1-I said I wrote it, what is your problem with reading?
          2-I said productive hits, “producing something” is the definition. He is a lead-off hitter, you are comparing a lead-off hitter to other SS try comparing him to other lead-off hitters. With runners in position of advantage (1st, 2nd or 2nd 3rd etc) just like last night, no production…or not much.
          3-You haven’t ever even tried to understand what I write have you? When a situation calls for a hit and not giving up an out (behind 7-3-example) to move a player up and having 2 on instead of 1 on and 1 out, you don’t bunt. Damn, I thought you played the game and played well.
          By the way twasp, don’t nit pick what I write and turn it into something I didn’t really write.
          If you and others would quit the blind veneration of Jeter, making him out to be so much more than what he really is I wouldn’t have to point out some of the things you, in your blind adoration of him seem to over look! :)

          • Ken -

            1. You wrote it …then said I took it out of context….but it was in context…as I published your comment in full. You said he is sticking around for hits…..and no one in their right mind believes that but you and the Jeter haters.

            2. Productive means creating runs…..why do you ignore FishJams stats ……he leadsvall SS in AL in runs created. He is also batting .330 with RISP. If you cannot understand these saber metrics I recommend you study up on FanGraphs.com and then come back to YFU when you are better informed.

            3. Your example of bunting when it is not needed does not apply to Jeter …. If it does cite an example.

            4. Whether he is 26th or 30th in career SS fielding % is nit-picking on your part ….. The point is he is in the top 10%…… so you shoulnt say he has been bad or below average fielder for his career. By the numbers he has been above averag.

            PS….. Please stop calling TWASP blind. There are many blind people who would love to be able to watch a great player like Jeter play…..the Flip….the Dive…..the November HR……but they can’t.

  3. Jeter is 156 for 488, 320 avg. Jeter needs 44 hits in final 46 games for his 8th 200 hit season. Jetrer needs 56 hits in final 46 games for 212 hits, 3300 overall. (20 – two hits games, 16- one hit games, 8 hitless games, 3 games off = 56 hits ).

    The past 44 games Jeter has played in, Jeter has 64 hits, 344 avg,…. if Jeter plays in 44 of final 46 games, and gets 64 hits, he will have 220 hits,.. the most he ever had in a season.

    SINCE COMING OFF THE DL FOR LAST 80 GAMES OF 2011, JETER HAS PLAYED IN 183 OF 196 GAMES, 250 FOR 772 = 324 AVG, 39 DOUBLES, 13 HOMERS, 114 RUNS

    JETER HAS 250 HITS OVER HIS LAST 183 GAMES PLAYED, 1.36612 HITS PER GAME PLAYED—-THATS WAY ABOVE HIS CARRER AVERAGE of 1.27717 hits per game.

    I am under the belief that Jeter is going to break the ALL TIME HITS RECORD- 4256.

    Jeter plays next year, then the 2014 option year on his option,… gets a new contract 3 years plus a 4th year player option, the 4th year 1 million dollars with one incentive clause- he hits 4257 he gets 50 million dollars.

    We have to watch and see before writing Jeter off into the sunset. If Jeter is around 3670-3700 hits after the 2014 season, I feel the Yankees should give him another contract if he wants to keep playing.

    This is only Jetrer’s 17th season ( really cant count 1995 because he was in th eminors all season except for a late May call up for a couple weeks when Tony Fernandez got hurt, and a few games in September call ups).

    Rose played 24 seasons, Cobb 24 seasons, Aaron 23 seasons, Musial 21 seasons ( plus a call up year), Speaker 20 seasons ( 2 call up years), Wagner 21 seasons, Yaz 23 seasons, Molitor 21 seasons, Collins 25 seasons, Mays 22 seasons ( the top ten all time hit getters) ——– why so many people are calling for both the demise and retirement of Jeter I can not understand. All of these Great Players were afforded the extra seasons late.

    As a fan,I am under the belief (not the delusion) Jeter will reach 4256 hits.

    • The Ghost of Joe Quinn

      My god! I have to read more of this pathetic stupidity? WHY?

      Jeter will NEVER break the ROSE record!

      He does not hit good enough when a right handed pitcher starts a game! LOOK up his numbers on BR!

      Jeter is great or beyond great when a lefty starts a game but that is only 35% of the games he’s started this year. In 74 games 73 starts against right handed starters THE JETER is not good.
      In 336 PA his line is .267 ba, .315 obp, .357 slg for a sad .672 ops add to this a less the 12% scoring rate per PA and he’s a huge detriment to winning. Those numbers along with his piss poor defensive play will not allow him to continue playing full time!

      Suck on this to all the JETER first Yankees fans!

    • Jim22…you say;
      “Jeter plays next year, then the 2014 option year on his option,… gets a new contract 3 years plus a 4th year player option, the 4th year 1 million dollars with one incentive clause- he hits 4257 he gets 50 million dollars.”
      Sorry jim but, respectfully, you have to be kidding, not a chance at all. one year with team option for the next year going year by year. He has been getting many hits but not quality hits when needed. Nunez is the future at SS and that means he will split time with Jeter. Jeter will not get that many AB anymore.

      • Ken – you say “he’s been getting hits but not quality hits” ………say Whaaaaaaaat?

        He leads all SS in run production. And hits over .300 with RISP.

        If you still don’t think your comments are preposterous read FishJams comments/stats.

  4. Jeter is going to break Pete Rose’s all time hits record of 4256 hits by playing 6 more seasons after this season.

    Jeter will be at let us say 3300 hits after this season. He will only need to play 6 more seasons, 2013 through 2018, and get any combination of hits to equal this :::
    200, 200, 170, 150, 130, and 107.

    Plate appearance for plate appearance, Jeter is ahead of Rose in hits respectively right now. ( by maybe 12 or so at of last count about a week ago).

    I hope I dont jinx Jeter, but Rose had 1001 hitless games played in in his carreer. Jeter right now has less than 600.

    Jeter is the more consistant Hitter than Rose. Jeter is able to get a hit in a game to avoid the hitless game. This is something Rose could not do,throughout his carrer, but especially late.

    I just hope Jeter doesn’t read this. lol.

  5. THE GHOST—– YOU ARE MISSING THE BIG PICTURE,…….. ROSE WAS A SWITCH HITTER,….. SO WHAT IS THAT SAYING ABOUT LEFTEY/RIGHTY MATCH UPS,…. IF JETER GETS MORE HITS PER GAME PLAYED, MORE HITS PER PLATE APPEARANCE,…AN D ROSE HAD SO MANY HITLESS GAMES,… IT WOULD MAKE A FAN SICK,…………

    IT IS JETERS CONSISTANCY THAT WILL GET HIM TO 4256,.. THE ABILITY TO GET A HIT IN A GAME, WHERE ROSE SIMPLY WOULD HAVE AN O’FER

  6. Excellent analysis Jim…… Let’s hope as Yankee fans, that Jeter can maintain his high batting average and continue to get on base. For a 38 year old SS to be batting .320 is truly awesome.

    Jim – take a look at this great defensive play he made …..still quick…

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=23777463&c_id=mlb

    • Thanks for the link and the compliment. I feel I have a good feeling for what is going on,… at the same time realizing sometimes my eyes can be candy coated. I do think based on the number at this POINT, WE CAN NOT WRITE JETER FOFF FOR 4257, but have to wait and see

      • Yes, Jim, everyone has a right to there opinion. Jeter haters have been saying he has been washed up for years and he’s proven them wrong. If there is one guy you don’t want to bet against , it’s the great Jeter.

        • twasp, even in 2010, when jeter had 179 hits, and people were starting to write him off,…. i didn’t get it,…… most players in MLB, would give their eye tooth to get 179 hits in a season,.. lol,.. and that is Jeter’;s worst season,……. come on man,….. onl;y Jeter and Cano on the Yankees will get more than a hit per game played this year.

          For some reason I guess some people do not understand or want to understand the analysis.

          I have hand written analysis papers here galore,….. that I hop to bring out in future days on the subject.

          When you say “the great Jeter”.. here is one reason why,… Jeter is the first and only player to reach each of these 5 marks – 3000 hits, 1700 runs, 1200 rbi, 240 homers, 340 stolen bases….. is blowing past each mark,.. in only his 17th season,….. could play 6 more seasons to get ROSE,.. my god man,…… Jeter is an all time great hitter!!!!!!

          • Exactly Jim…good stats.

            Ill give you some more:

            Only 2 players have had 170 hits in 17 consecutive season ….Hank Aaron and Derek Jeter.

            Only 2 players have gotten 59 hits in 61 consecutive games ….Joe DiMaggio and Derek Jeter.

            Only one player could have made both the Dive and the Flip plays……the great Derek Jeter.

            • Jeter has a good shot at getting 200 hits this year somethign no one would thought he could do this year.

              • Matt, when you posted the old Jeter post from the Spring, I realized that Jeter’s season this yr will cost the Yanks an additional $1.5M on the 2014 budget because of his likely Silver Slugger Award. Guys are close but I think he’s got it in the bag:

                Player BA-HR-RBI-SB-R
                Jeter .320-9-38-7-69, .344 woba, 113 RC+, .785 ops
                A.Cabrera .278-13-50-6-56, .335 woba, 112 RC+, .778 ops
                Andrus .300-2-48-19-68, .342 woba, 109 RC+, .769 ops
                Escobar .300-4-40-20-45, .331 woba, 107 RC+, .745 ops

  7. HERE ARE THE NUMBER OF PETE ROSE’S HITLESS GAMES BY SEASON 1963-1986 ::
    54,51,37,40,39,31,36,35,43,36,34,46,36,40,36,35,47,46,23* ( STRIKE YEAR),50,71,53,48,34 — JETERS ONLY HAD 1 SEASON WHERE HE HAD 40 OR MORE HITLESS GAMES,…

    WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT JETER GOING FOR THE HITS RECORD,.. IT HAS TO BE ALL ABOUT HITLESS GAMES,.. BECAUSE EACH GAME YOU PLAY IN, IS A CHANCE TO GET A HIT.

  8. twasp, its 150 hits or more, not 170, you mis-typed,….. they said the stat 2 days in a row on YES recently,….. Jeter had the 2 injury seasons, 2003 156 hits in 119 games played ( it was thew wrist or shoulder oin a hit by pitch) and 2011 162 hits in 131 games played ( they say it was a hamstring, but I am noit convinced, I think the batting coach messed with his swing),.. so he took 18 games off, went to Tampa, and got his swing back.

  9. Good correction Jim…….also some great stats on Jeter to remember

    1. 5 gold gloves during the advanced ages of 30-36

    2. No Yankee has more stolen bases

    3. No Yankee has more singles

    4. No Yankee except Lou Gehrig has more doubles

    5. No Yankee has more hits.

  10. Jeter only has 8 errors all season, and appears to be locked in playing everyday,……. he has won the gold glove with as many as 15 errors,…… Jeter’s 979 fierlding percentage will go up this season, if he can hold out without another error, the GOLD GLOVE is within reach once again,….. the silver slugger is a fait de complait I believe.

    As far as the Yankees stats go,…. they are interesting and relevant,….. simply because the Yankees had so many great players,…. but I enjoy the overall stats more, against all MB PLAYERS, that ever played in MLB, fron 1877 on.

    and when you start to look at just players that played their centire carrers 1950 on,….. then even limit it to right handed hitters only, …. the analysis becomes mind-boggling

  11. Ok …let’s look vs all major leaguer SS in fielding……remember his detractors say he wasn’t good defensively ……….where is he ranked on the all time fielding %. Below? 26th out of almost 300

    Rank Player (yrs, age) Fielding % as SS Throws
    1. Troy Tulowitzki (7, 27) .9851 R
    2. Omar Vizquel (24, 45) .9847 R
    3. Jimmy Rollins (13, 33) .9834 R
    4. Mike Bordick (14) .9821 R
    5. J.J. Hardy (8, 29) .9820 R
    6. Rey Sanchez (15) .9813 R
    7. Cesar Izturis (12, 32) .9807 R
    8. Brendan Ryan (6, 30) .9798 R
    9. Larry Bowa (16) .9797 R
    10. Tony Fernandez (17) .9795 R
    11. Cal Ripken+ (21) .9793 R
    12. Stephen Drew (7, 29) .9782 R
      Jhonny Peralta (10, 30) .9782 R
      Ozzie Smith+ (19) .9782 R
    15. Deivi Cruz (9) .9779 R
    16. David Eckstein (10) .9778 R
    17. Juan Castro (17) .9774 R
      Neifi Perez (12) .9774 R
      Jack Wilson (12, 34) .9774 R
    20. Frank Duffy (10) .9772 R
      Alex Rodriguez (19, 36) .9772 R
    22. Spike Owen (13) .9770 R
    23. Orlando Cabrera (15) .9768 R
      Alan Trammell (20) .9768 R
    25. Mark Belanger (18) .9767 R
      Michael Young (13, 35) .9767 R
    27. Bucky Dent (12) .9764 R
    28. Derek Jeter (18, 38) .9763 R
      Dick Schofield (14) .9763 R
    30. Yunel Escobar (6, 29) .9762 R
    31. Adam Everett (11) .9761 R
    32. Rey Ordonez (9) .9757 R
    33. Roger Metzger (11) .9755 R
    34. Juan Uribe (12, 32) .9752 R
    35. Jay Bell (18) .9751 R
    36. Alex Gonzalez (13) .9749 R
      Khalil Greene (7) .9749 R
    38. Barry Larkin+ (19) .9746 R
    39. Alexei Ramirez (5, 30) .9743 R
    40. Kevin Elster (13) .9739 R
    41. Royce Clayton (17) .9738 R
      Ozzie Guillen (16) .9738 R
      Marco Scutaro (11, 36) .9738 R
    44. Rafael Belliard (17) .9737 R
    45. Rich Aurilia (15) .9736 R
      Woody Woodward (9) .9736 R
    47. Gary Disarcina (12) .9734 R
    48. Jose Reyes (10, 29) .9729 R
    49. Tim Foli (16) .9727 R
      Dal Maxvill (14) .9727 R
    Rank Player (yrs, age) Fielding % as SS Throws
    51. Lou Boudreau+ (15) .9725 R
      Jose Vizcaino (18) .9725 R
    53. Ryan Theriot (8, 32) .9724 R
    54. Alex Cora (14) .9722 R
      Greg Gagne (15) .9722 R
    56. Manuel Lee (11) .9721 R
    57. Chris Gomez (16) .9720 R
    58. John McDonald (14, 37) .9718 R
      Eddie Miller (14) .9718 R
      John Valentin (11) .9718 R
    61. Luis Aparicio+ (18) .9717 R
      Alex Gonzalez (14, 35) .9717 R
    63. Roy McMillan (16) .9715 R
      Miguel Tejada (15, 38) .9715 R
    65. Alvaro Espinoza (12) .9713 R
      Steve Jeltz (8) .9713 R
      Fred Stanley (14) .9713 R
    68. Scott Fletcher (15) .9712 R
    69. Erick Aybar (7, 28) .9711 R
      Clint Barmes (10, 33) .9711 R
      Rick Burleson (13) .9711 R
    72. Bobby Crosby (8) .9710 R
      Bobby Wine (12) .9710 R
    74. Elvis Andrus (4, 23) .9706 R
      Dave Concepcion (19) .9706 R
      Felix Fermin (10) .9706 R
      Eddie Kasko (10) .9706 R
      Hal Lanier (10) .9706 R
    79. Leo Cardenas (16) .9705 R
    80. Cristian Guzman (11) .9704 R
    81. Ed Brinkman (15) .9701 R
    82. Gene Alley (11) .9699 R
      Dave Anderson (10) .9699 R
      Jose Hernandez (15) .9699 R
    85. Ronny Cedeno (8, 29) .9698 R
      Chris Speier (19) .9698 R
    87. Rob Picciolo (9) .9696 R
      Edgar Renteria (16) .9696 R
      Walt Weiss (14) .9696 R
    90. Ernie Banks+ (19) .9695 R
    91. Yuniesky Betancourt (8, 30) .9694 R
    92. Rico Petrocelli (13) .9693 R
    93. Bud Harrelson (16) .9691 R
      Kevin Stocker (8) .9691 R
    95. Jose Uribe (10) .9690 R
    96. Rafael Santana (7) .9689 R
    97. Chico Carrasquel (10) .9688 R
      Marty Marion (13) .9688 R
    99. Nomar Garciaparra (14) .9684 R
    100. Jason Bartlett (9, 32) .9680 R
    Rank Player (yrs, age) Fielding % as SS Throws
    101. Hanley Ramirez (8, 28) .9677 R
      Phil Rizzuto+ (13) .9677 R
    103. Alex Grammas (10) .9676 R
    104. Ron Hansen (15) .9675 R
    105. Tony Kubek (9) .9674 R
    106. Ricky Gutierrez (12) .9673 R
    107. Shawon Dunston (18) .9671 R
    108. Ruben Amaro (11) .9668 R
      Joe DeMaestri (11) .9668 R
    110. Buddy Kerr (9) .9665 R
    111. Glenn Hoffman (9) .9664 R
    112. Carlos Guillen (14) .9663 R
      Craig Reynolds (15) .9663 R
    114. Roy Smalley (13) .9661 R
    115. Rafael Furcal (13, 34) .9660 R
    116. Ray Oyler (6) .9658 R
      Tom Veryzer (12) .9658 R
    118. Don Kessinger (16) .9656 R
    119. Dickie Thon (15) .9653 R
    120. Angel Berroa (9) .9652 R
    121. Pat Meares (9) .9649 R
      Everett Scott (13) .9649 R
    123. Johnny Logan (13) .9648 R
      Virgil Stallcup (7) .9648 R
    125. Robin Yount+ (20) .9645 R
    126. Tony Womack (13) .9644 R
    127. Johnny Pesky (10) .9641 R
    128. Bert Campaneris (19) .9640 R
      Harvey Kuenn (15) .9640 R
      Julio Lugo (12) .9640 R
    131. Jeff Blauser (13) .9639 R
    132. Larry Brown (12) .9638 R
    133. Billy Jurges (17) .9637 R
    134. Enzo Hernandez (8) .9636 R
    135. Jim Fregosi (18) .9632 R
    136. Eddie Bressoud (12) .9630 R
      Jose Pagan (15) .9630 R
    138. Maury Wills (14) .9628 R
    139. Dick Howser (8) .9627 R
    140. Ivan de Jesus (15) .9626 R
      George Strickland (10) .9626 R
    142. Gene Michael (10) .9625 R
    143. Pee Wee Reese+ (16) .9624 R
    144. Freddie Patek (14) .9623 R
    145. Willy Miranda (9) .9622 R
    146. Johnny Lipon (9) .9615 R
    147. Dick Groat (14) .9614 R
    148. Denis Menke (13) .9613 R
    149. Alfredo Griffin (18) .9611 R
    150. Mark Grudzielanek (15) .9610 R
    Rank Player (yrs, age) Fielding % as SS Throws
      Mario Guerrero (8) .9610 R
      Mario Mendoza (9) .9610 R
    153. Garry Templeton (16) .9609 R
    154. Leo Durocher+ (17) .9608 R
    155. Luis Rivera (11) .9607 R
      Dick Schofield (19) .9607 R
    157. Johnnie LeMaster (12) .9605 R
      Vern Stephens (15) .9605 R
    159. Woodie Held (14) .9604 R
    160. Hod Ford (15) .9602 R
    161. Toby Harrah (17) .9601 R
    162. Al Dark (14) .9599 R
    163. Chico Fernandez (8) .9598 R
    164. Felipe Lopez (11) .9597 R
      Bill Russell (18) .9597 R
    166. Julio Franco (23) .9596 R
    167. Skeeter Newsome (12) .9590 R
    168. Darrel Chaney (11) .9588 R
      Jim Mason (9) .9588 R
    170. Dale Berra (11) .9586 R
      Bob Lillis (10) .9586 R
    172. Jose Valentin (16) .9585 R
    173. Billy Hunter (6) .9582 R
    174. Eddie Joost (17) .9578 R
      Andres Thomas (6) .9578 R
    176. Sam Dente (9) .9577 R
      Kurt Stillwell (9) .9577 R
    178. Woody English (12) .9567 R
    179. Joe Boley (6) .9566 R
    180. U L Washington (11) .9563 R
    181. Billy Rogell (14) .9561 R
    182. Bill Almon (15) .9560 R
    183. Andre Rodgers (11) .9557 R
    184. Zoilo Versalles (12) .9556 R
    185. Lyn Lary (12) .9555 R
      Cecil Travis (12) .9555 R
    187. Bill Knickerbocker (10) .9553 R
    188. Dick McAuliffe (16) .9550 R
    189. Don Buddin (6) .9540 R
    190. Charlie Hollocher (7) .9536 R
    191. Rafael Ramirez (13) .9532 R
    192. Daryl Spencer (10) .9529 R
    193. Topper Rigney (6) .9528 R
    194. Dick Bartell (18) .9526 R
      Frank Taveras (11) .9526 R
    196. Terry Turner (17) .9525 R
    197. Rabbit Maranville+ (23) .9519 R
    198. Andujar Cedeno (7) .9517 R
      Travis Jackson+ (15) .9517 R
    200. Joe Cronin+ (20) .9515 R
    Rank Player (yrs, age) Fielding % as SS Throws
    201. Joe Sewell+ (14) .9514 R
      Arky Vaughan+ (14) .9514 R
    203. Mariano Duncan (12) .9511 R
    204. Charlie Gelbert (9) .9510 R
    205. Jackie Tavener (6) .9507 R
    206. Tommy Thevenow (15) .9495 R
    207. Frankie Crosetti (17) .9494 R
    208. Eric McNair (14) .9493 R
    209. Sonny Jackson (12) .9492 R
    210. Billy Urbanski (7) .9490 R
    211. Roger Peckinpaugh (17) .9488 R
    212. George McBride (16) .9482 R
    213. Luke Appling+ (20) .9475 R
    214. Roy Smalley (11) .9474 R
    215. Eddie Lake (11) .9468 R
    216. Granny Hamner (17) .9464 R
    217. Billy Myers (7) .9456 R
    218. Lennie Merullo (7) .9450 R
    219. Jackie Hernandez (9) .9447 R
    220. Dave Bancroft+ (16) .9443 R
      Red Kress (14) .9443 R
    222. Ernie Johnson (10) .9437 R
    223. Jose Offerman (15) .9434 R
    224. Wally Gerber (15) .9431 R
    225. Chick Galloway (10) .9430 R
    226. Heinie Sand (6) .9428 R
    227. Rabbit Warstler (11) .9425 R
    228. John Sullivan (6) .9423 R
    229. Glenn Wright (11) .9413 R
    230. George Davis+ (20) .9402 R
    231. Honus Wagner+ (21) .9401 R
    232. Mickey Doolin (13) .9396 R
    233. Al Bridwell (11) .9388 R
      Ray Chapman (9) .9388 R
    235. Art Fletcher (13) .9386 R
    236. Bobby Wallace+ (25) .9385 R
    237. Joe Tinker+ (15) .9381 R
    238. Donie Bush (16) .9365 R
    239. Buck Weaver (9) .9360 R
    240. Jack Barry (11) .9355 R
    241. Charley O’Leary (11) .9354 R
    242. Ivy Olson (14) .9319 R
    243. Doc Lavan (12) .9304 R
    244. Heinie Wagner (12) .9279 R
    245. Larry Kopf (10) .9275 R
    246. Freddy Parent (12) .9274 R
    247. Mark Koenig (12) .9273 R
    248. Bill Dahlen (21) .9269 R
    249. Phil Lewis (4) .9263 R
    250. Tommy Corcoran (18) .9242 R
    Rank Player (yrs, age) Fielding % as SS Throws
    251. Bones Ely (14) .9228 R
    252. Hughie Jennings+ (18) .9216 R
    253. Monte Cross (15) .9201 R
    254. Kid Elberfeld (14) .9200 R
    255. Bob Allen (7) .9155 R
    256. Rudy Hulswitt (7) .9149 R
    257. Jack Glasscock (17) .9104 R
    258. Herman Long (16) .9064 R
    259. Germany Smith (15) .9023 R
    260. Ed McKean (13) .8996 R
    261. Davy Force (15) .8972 R
    262. Shorty Fuller (9) .8902 R
    263. Monte Ward+ (17) .8871 R
    264. Frank Shugart (8) .8825 R
    265. Jack Rowe (12) .8817 R
    266. Arthur Irwin (13) .8809 R
    267. John Peters (11) .8745 R
    268. Candy Nelson (13) .8716 R
    269. George Wright+ (12) .8699 R
    270. Sadie Houck (8) .8628 R
    271. Frank Fennelly (7) .8601 R
    272. Bill Gleason (8) .8598 R
    273. Sam Wise (12) .8594 R

    • you dont got to put up a list that long,…….. Jeter may mak,e an error once in a while, or he may not,……. sometimes he will get to a ball, sometimes he wont,…….. especially now at age 38,…… but Jeter has made enough great plays this season at short,.. where is the errors dont come from this point on,.. the gold glove is within reach.
      remember when doug flynn on the mets had like over 100 games without an error ( give or take, all i can remember is a great run )
      that is all the counts.

  12. You da man….Jim!

  13. jeter is cuurently 6th amonth al shortstops in fielding percentage this season,… so jj hardy will have the gold glove, .. it is his to lose,.. but there are still 46 games to play,……. but even 6th out og 14 qualifying shortstops in the AL,… Jeter is still near the top this season,…….. yeah , maybe he doesnt reach a ball here or there, but who does,……. there are not a significant amount of ground ball base hits getting by Jeter, where the outcome of games are affected.
    This is the real argument, if you had the analysis.
    The real analysis would be, how many base hits got by Jeter on the ground,…. where the batter and hitter after scored runs, that the yankees lost the game eventualy that game,…… i cant imagine it is more than 2 times all season.
    But I do not have the numbers to support my hypothesis.
    Dose anyone have them?

    • Jim22224444…You say;
      “The real analysis would be, how many base hits got by Jeter on the ground,…. where the batter and hitter after scored runs, that the yankees lost the game eventualy that game,…… i cant imagine it is more than 2 times all season.”
      You go by stats right? Do you understand that anytime an error happens in a game, it puts undue pressor on the pitcher which is a BIG no, no! :)

  14. Jim – sabermetricians would use WAR to most closely describe that analysis…… his defensive dWAR is equal to -1.4 which means he’ll lose you 1-2 games due to his fielding vs replacement. His offensive WAR is 2.8 this year which means he’ll win you 3 games more than a replacement with his bat.

  15. YEAH, I DONT GET WAR,..and at this moment in my life, I have no drive to try to understand WAR,….jeters played 114 games out of 116 team games this season, 100 at short ( 1 of those 8th innibg defensive replacxment in a game that went exrtras), 14 at DH,…. AT THE 14 GAMES AT DH, JETERS 28 FOR 59, 475 ABERAGE,…. JETERS NOT LOSING GAMES BECAUSE OF HIS PLAYING, …. NO WAY, NO HOW,….. FORGET WAR,…. I WANT THE HARD NUMBERS,….. HOW MANY GAMES OF THE 100 JETER PLAYED AT SHORTSTOP WHERE A BALL GOT BY JETER, THAT HARDY WOULD HAVE GOT TO AND GOT AN OUT ON,.. THAT WOUND UP EFFECTING THE GAME TO A YANKEES LOSS? I CANT IMAGINE IT HAS BEEN MORE THAN 2 GAMES, IF EVEN THAT.

  16. Melky suspended 50 games for testing positive for testosterone. Well no wonder why lol? Hopefully this ends the talk of him returning.

    • Sucks for the Giants….and Melky.
      Matthew….you say “hopefully this ends the talk of him returning.”
      Did you think the Yanks shouldn’t have considered signing Melky or do you think it was worth considering but not now based on the suspension?

      • . Fish I just felt there was way to much risk involved with giving him big money long term. With the budget we are on now if we are giving big money to a player it better be as close to a sure thing as you can get. 2 teams pretty much gave up on him after the Yankees did. I still didn’t trust his maturity level especially if given big money. Also having corner OF’s of him and Gardner u have basically 0 power coming from your corner OF’s. Understand they can use a good average hitter but they can find one for cheaper and not overpaying based off a career year, which we now know that he had help doing.

        • I can’t agree with the HR argument since runs are runs and Melky would be a 20-HR guy in YS. The $ question is definitely understandable with the payroll set to go down. But if 28 yr old Melky and 32-yr old Swisher were both in line for the same 4 yr deal at $11-12M, would you have preferred Swish?

          Granderson will be in line for an even bigger deal after next season at 33 yrs old and I don’t want to see them sign him to a massive contract til he’s 37 yrs old. You should have chimed in when we all discussed Melky around the All-Star break because now the point is moot. Melky will sign for much less and probably be a great bargain for the team that takes the risk. PEDs are a HUGE shortcut and advantage but they alone don’t turn a .256 hitter to a .346 hitter in 2 yrs. Melky made some lifestyle changes and began to work harder off the field which accounted for much of his improvement. How much so we don’t know since he tainted his performance and his efforts by taking PED.

          But Matthew, what would you like to see the Yanks do in the OF this Winter and beyond?

          • fishjam very succinctly put. Going from .256 to .346 is not on drugs alone. I think, I would NOW take a chance on him but, I wasn’t for it before.

          • All depends on prices obviously. Im with you on Granderson signing him to a deal worth 20 million a year is not something I want to see now. I would try to trade for Justin Upton this offseason again depending on price. If you want to sign an average/speed guy I would be in favor of Michael Bourn over Melky PEDS or not. He can be the leadoff hitter the Yankees don’t really have as I see Jeter as a better 2 hole hitter. Yes he is 30, which is worrisome because speed is his best attribute but if you can sign him to a 4 year deal I think he should be fine until 34. For Swisher it depends on his price and if he finally produces in the postseason, but probably unlikely he returns.

            • What does everybody else think of Bourn? Haven’t heard him discussed much. How much do you think he would cost? I think it would be ideal to sign him for CF, trade Granderson, and trade for Upton. Probably living in fantasy land though lol. At the very least sgin Bourn and move Grandy to RF for nxt year.

    • Jeter will now lead the league in hits in a couple days with Mekly gone.

  17. NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • HOW FRIGGIN STUPID CAN A PLAYER BE?????????????????????? YET ,… well. you guys dont really know me yet,…. BUT THE OLYMPIC TRESTING LAB IN MONTREAL HAS TO PROVE IT,….. but i am for one, pissed at melkey cabreara if this is true ,m very pissed,… HOW DARE HE

  18. MELKEY IS LEASDING MLB IN HITS, AND HAVING A HELL OF A SEASON,….. YOU KNOW JETER IS GETTING TESTED,… LEFT AND RIGHT,….. MELEKEY GETS POPPED,.. OPENS THE DOOR FOR JETER,… MELKEY SHOUILD NOT ONLY BE SUSPENDED, HIS STATS SHOULD BE WIPED AWAY,.. HISD BATTING AFFECTED WINS AND LOSSES,… MY GOD MAN,….

  19. I AM LIVID OVER THIS NEWS,… EXASPERATED ,…. I WANT TO GO OFF ,……. HOW DARE HE,.. AND HE ADMITS IT NOW,………. I WANT LIFETIME BANS,…… WHAT HE DID WAS NOT ONLY GET STATS, HE AFFECTED, BY LWASDING THE NL IN HITS, AND HAVING A HELL OF A SEASON,… AFFECTED WINS AND LOSES BEYOND HIS OWN TEAM EVEN,…. THE WHOLE STANDINGS WERE AFFECTED. I AM LIVID OVEDR THIS,……..

    • 3 Yankee cheats you can say: Melky, Pettitte, and A-Rod

      • Jason, Clemons and Cansaco, A-Rod has been clean as a Yankee so he is not a Yankee cheater…just a cheater….picky, picky, picky aren’t I?

        • Ken – here is a list of PED cheaters

          1. Stanton – admitted
          2. Knoblach – admitted
          3. Giambi- admitted
          4. Clemens- suspected but found not guilty of perjury
          5. Sheffield – BALCO
          6. Canseco – admitted
          7. Brown – admitted
          8. Petitte – admitted
          9. Grimsley – admitted
          10. Leyritz -admitted

          And also one I can’t remember his name? Lied on National TV. Then confessed when he got caught red handed …….boliboliboboli….bananafanafofoli…..

          • Here are the way baseball players have been able to continue to cheat to beat the steroid tests…… And even still some like Melky, Manny, Braun still get sloppy and get caught…

            20 Methods of Cheating (in alphabetical order):
            1. Biosimilars 11. Micro-dosing (a, b)
            2. Blood transfusion (a, b) 12. Perma Cleanse
            3. Catheterization 13. Probenecid
            4. The Cream 14. Protease (a, b)
            5. Diuretics 15. Tattoos
            6. Epitestosterone 16. Testosterone patches
            7. Erythropoietin (EPO) (a, b, c, d, e) 17. Therapeutic use exemptions
            8. Gene doping 18. Titrate testosterone/epitestosterone
            9. Human growth hormone (HGH) 19. Urine replacement (a, b)
            10. Masking agents. 20. Get a cousin named Yuri

            • Doug/Ken – here is another way the cheaters are beating the amphetamine / greenies ban:

              “[I]t was revealed that the number of major leaguers claiming [therapeutic use] exemptions [17] for attention deficit disorder had risen to 103 in 2007 from 28 in 2006. The implication was that players, faced with the 2006 ban on amphetamine use, were making claims of attention deficit disorder so that they would be allowed to use stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall…
              106 players were granted therapeutic use exemptions for attention deficit disorder in 2008… about 8 percent of the major league players… The percentage of American adults who have been given a diagnosis of attention deficit disorder is somewhere between 1 and 3.5 percent, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, although some experts believe the actual number is much higher, citing a large number of undiagnosed cases.”
              Jan. 9, 2009 – Michael S. Schmidt

  20. THE POLICE SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET WARRANTS, SUPENAS, FROM JUDGES AND A GRANDS JURY,….. FIND OUT WHO THE HELL SOLD HIM THE STUFF, AND EFFECT ARRESTS OF DRUF DEALERS.

    • Almost all of these substances are perfectly legal WITHOUT a prescription in the Dominican Republic where he’s from. He wouldn’t have to get from a dealer…..just buy it when he’s home in the DR. have his cousin Yuri put it in his suitcase when they fly to the States and there it is.

      • how do you know about my country a lot people said a lot stuped comments not all using that stuff

        • Mr Betances – It has been well documented that steroids can be purchased without a prescription in the DR. Is that not true? The rest was a joke referring to ARod’s statement that his cousin Yuri purchased “Boli” aka Primobolan in Dominican pharmacies and brought it to Alex in the States to inject. By no means am I saying all Dominican players use PEDs, just that they are readibly available in stores there. That was in response to Jim’s statement that drug dealers should be arrested…..my point is it can be obtained legally.

  21. Stanton and Knoblach have also admitted to PEDS

  22. As well as Giambi.

  23. NO DOCTOR PRESIBED HIM THESE SUNSTANCES

  24. And Sheffield was on the BALCO list.

  25. I AM LIVID TYPE PISSED,.. JETER COULD HAVE BEEN LEADING THE MAJORS IN HITS THE WHOLE TIME,… LOL,….. BUT MY POISSED OFFNESS GOES WAY BEYOND THAT

  26. And lets not forget about Jim Leyritz and Kevin Brown.

  27. According to all accounts, fellow players, trainers, mitchell report, congressional testimony, BALCO records ….Derek Jeter never took any PEDS during his whole career.

  28. I’d like to see an OF of LF Gardner CF Josh Hamilton RF Melky

  29. This is why Melky needed testosterone:

  30. Fish – if A.Jones and R.Martin hit 3 more hrs each , and Chavez hits 2 more Hrs the rest of the season…..the Yankees will have 9 players with at least 15 hrs for the season. Has this ever happened before in ML history?

  31. ALERT Put on MLB channel King Felix is perfect thru 6 innings.

  32. This is just the tip of the iceburg, makes you wonder about his stats last year and why it took 2 years for him to be caught. It would be niave to think he is the only one taking something. Just as niave to think that only the players caught for using PEDs were the only one’s using!

  33. Doug – TB has horrible offense. If the 1996-2000 Yankees were hitting against him he’d be out of the game by the 7th inning. And if Derek Jeter was batting against him he’d get at least one maybe 2 hits.

    • No way, Felix just beat the Rays, Yanks, Sox, and Texas in a row!

      • True Doug but none of those teams are anywhere near th Yankee dynasty of 1996-2000. And Billy always found a way to beat you……BillyBall ruled!

        • Name one pitcher that had 5 top quality pitches that pitched again’st them other than Pedro? Billy Martin was way over rated!

          • Doug – please provide rationale behind your statement Billy Martin was overrated.
            Ken – do you agree that Billy was overrated? TWASP remembers him taking teams and turning them around dramatically. ( he did burnout quickly because of his alcoholism and temper at each team….but his style of play was successful).

  34. Doug – do you think Alex really stopped PEDS before he came to the Yankees?

  35. This is how the 1976 Yankees beat Felix….Rivers chops an infield single …. Billy Martin puts on the hit and run and Roy White pulls the ball into RF….Rivers to third. Billy puts on the suicide squeeze and Murcer drags a bunt down first base line …Rivers scores. White to second. Munson then singles home white from second. Game over. Billy Ball!

  36. Doug – Felix is a great pitcher….but the Yankee dynasty faced many great HOF pitchers (with or without 5 pitches) and found a way to beat them. O’Neil, Tino, the Straw, Bernie…….would beat him and surely would not be no hitted.

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