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- How many records with Jeter and A-Rod set in Yankees unis?:
. . . If he stays healthy, Rodriguez, who turns 35 in July, is an overwhelming favorite to shatter Barry Bonds’s career record of 762 home runs. Sometime near the 2011 All-Star Game break, Jeter, who currently has 2,747 hits, is projected to get his 3,000th.
. . . Only eight players have amassed more than 3,400, and only five have reached the 3,500 mark, beginning with Tris Speaker at 3,514.
Whether ranking in the top five will mean something to Jeter and motivate him to keep playing remains to be seen. . . .
Rodriguez, meanwhile, begins this season with 583 home runs and should surpass 600 sometime in late June or early July, reach 700 in 2013 and overtake Bonds in late 2015 or early 2016, when he will be 40 years old.
. . . The most crucial variable is health. Rodriguez missed 38 games last season following hip surgery. Jeter is a remarkably durable player — he has played at least 148 games in all but one of his 14 full seasons — but shortstop is a demanding position. If he continues to play there and perform at a high level, he would buck the trend.
- Curtis Granderson, on Jeter possibly NOT retiring as a Yankee:
“It’d be tough,” said Curtis Granderson, the Yankees’ new center fielder. “But it’d kind of be like Ken Griffey Jr. Everybody in here who’s a baseball fan knows Ken Griffey Jr. as a Seattle Mariner. Then he goes to Cincinnati and Chicago and back to Seattle. Jeter’s definitely in that category. If Ken Griffey can move teams, you never know.”
- Jayson Stark weighs in on Jeter’s future:
The only other intrigue when they get to the negotiating table is how long a contract they feel comfortable giving a player of Jeter’s age. And the only barometer we have to go by is this: A-Rod is signed through age 42, if that means anything.
But once the negotiating begins, you don’t need to be a Steinbrenner brother to know how this will turn out. This story won’t have a Johnny Damon kind of ending or a Hideki Matsui kind of ending or a Bobby Abreu kind of ending.
You are never, ever going to have to worry about turning on your TV next winter and seeing Jeter tell you he always has wanted to be a Brewer or an Astro.
This man doesn’t just play for the Yankees. He’s the heart of the Yankees.
- Happy 47th birthday to a Yankee fan favorite, Paul O’Neill.
- Stump Merrill, manager of the underwhelming ’90 and ’91 squads, turns 66 today.
- Happy 70th birthday to the man who helped bring Sparky Lyle to NY, Danny Cater.
Back on Monday.