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Monday Medley

What we read while narrowly avoiding an NPI shutdown…

The Value of Jeter, Part 2

Spring Training is underway now, which means fans and the media are gearing up for the 2010 MLB season. This season brings a lot of things: the return of Mark McGwire, another chance for the Mets’ doctors to practice, the long-awaited absence of Chip Caray. It also brings the end of Derek Jeter’s 10-year, $189 million contract.

Yesterday, Jeter addressed these concerns to the media for the first, and he says only, time this year. He didn’t really say anything new: He wants to stay with the Yankees, he’s always wanted to stay with the Yankees, he won’t talk about it again until the end of the season.

All indications, from both Jeter and Yankees GM Brian Cashman, are that Jeter will re-sign, and, as I’ve said before, he’ll probably do it quickly, since he is worth more to the Yankees than to any other team. But his new contract won’t be settled for at least seven months.

Why? Because the Yankees have a policy of not negotiating new contracts until a player’s old contract has ended.* In general, this policy makes sense, since it obviates any awkward mid-season negotiations and allows the team to factor in the production of the last full season when coming up with a contract offer. And since the Yankees have the resources to outspend any other bidder if they so choose, then the risk of losing a player on the open market is not that high. In Jeter’s case, though, this policy is probably a mistake. Continue reading

Some Belated Thoughts on the New Yankee Stadium

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I know I’m a little late to the party, but I made my first trip to the new Yankee Stadium the other day (I realize it took me a while, but tickets are expensive and I have a blog to maintain, so back off). The Stadium’s received mostly praise so far (at least architecturally speaking), and despite the grandiose expectations I had, it did not disappoint.

Despite the criticism the old, renovated Yankee Stadium received, I will always have a place in my heart for the Stadium I grew up with. I admit, though, that the old Stadium lacked authentic identity: It was posturing as the “classic” Yankee Stadium, but had been renovated to change the layout, dimensions and general look. Nevertheless, for a fan of the 1996-2001 dynasty, it had plenty of history.

The new Stadium, however, is a more aesthetically pleasing blend of the old and new. In building the new stadium, the Yankees made a big deal about how they were going to honor tradition and the old designs in building the new stadium, and it worked out.

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