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Kevin Long is a busy man. Over at SI.com,  Tom Verducci has a piece on the work Derek Jeter will do with the Yankees’ hitting coach in the coming weeks:

“I feel like Derek always has been the type of player who cares about winning instead of the numbers,” Long said. “I think the contract probably caused him to think more about numbers than he otherwise would want to. It probably did affect his performance.

“Listen, he’s human, just like anybody else. A lot of guys try real hard, and when they don’t get results they try even harder. And sometimes the harder you try the more you fail.”

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Categories:  Bronx Banter  Hot Stove  Yankees

Tags:  Derek Jeter  Tom Verducci

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1 williamnyy23   ~  Jan 18, 2011 1:55 pm

As early as May, I thought Jeter might have been thinking about the contract too much, so I really do expect a bounce back related to the release of that pressure. After all, it wasn't so much that his physical skills were in decline as much as his approach had changed.

2 thelarmis   ~  Jan 18, 2011 1:59 pm

according to mlb trade rumors, yankees avoided arbitration with:

joba - $1.4 mil
loogan - $1.2 mil
phranchise - $2.7 mil

i'm still waiting on my contract, but i'm expecting an 8-figure salary for this upcoming season.

3 Alex Belth   ~  Jan 18, 2011 2:46 pm

2) You will receive $37.24 for outstanding service to the Yankee blogging community.

4 thelarmis   ~  Jan 18, 2011 5:12 pm

[3] dude, i will absolutely take it!!! : )

[that makes my day!]

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