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Derek Jeter spoke to reporters today. The always excellent Chad Jennings has the skinny. 

And here’s some good stuff about Ichi. 

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Tags:  Derek Jeter  ichiro

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1 monkeypants   ~  Feb 19, 2014 10:24 pm

The Ichiro stuff was interesting. In fact, it made me think of some comments from a few days ago, regarding great players who hang on "too long." I tend not to be bothered by this, and in fact, Ichiro might be a sort of model for my point of view. He is obviously a shell of his former self, but nevertheless he's a superb athlete and can still do some things to help a team win. Some might find it sad him toiling away as a 4th or 5th outfielder. But I think it's great. Why not? He can still play some, he can help a team win. I'd rather watch a fading star PH or go in as a defensive replacement or make a spot start than watch the 12th or 13th pitcher on the staff get some work in. And who knows, maybe one is treated to a few last moments of greatness. So long as the player is satisfied with a diminished role, I don't find it sad at all. The questions: how long would Ichiro be willing to linger as a BAOF, and would anyone sign him after this season?

2 RagingTartabull   ~  Feb 20, 2014 10:22 am

1) I tend to agree, the condition being that a guy needs to realize who/what he is at that point in his career. If Ichiro is fine with basically being a 4th OF/Defensive Replacement/Pinch Runner...then hey, more power to him. You sure could find worse guys to fill that role on your team.

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