Monday, November 29, 2010

On the other hand, I refuse to believe...

...that Derek Jeter is going to sign with a team other than the Yankees.

Unless it suddenly becomes concrete and official, I don't see it happening.  There's no way.

Interesting note:  You know how it's always talked about how you never see a player play for one team for the entirety of his career anymore?

(The people who assert that forget that Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Tris Speaker, Billy Williams, Warren Spahn, etc. all switched teams at the end of their career, as if this was somehow a new occurrence.)

Anyway, your National League All-Star Game starters this past year:

Hanley Ramirez, SS, Florida
Martin Prado, 2B, Atlanta
Albert Pujols, 1B, St. Louis
Ryan Howard, DH, Philadelphia
David Wright, 3B, New York
Ryan Braun, LF, Milwaukee
Andre Ethier, CF, Los Angeles
Corey Hart, RF, Milwaukee
Yadier Molina C, St. Louis
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, Colorado

Exactly one of those players -- Ethier -- has switched organizations in his career, and that was before he reached the Majors.  Every single one of them has played each and every game in his career for the same team.  What do you think about that?

As for the American League side, seven of the 10 players (Ichiro, Jeter, Longoria, Mauer, Cano, Crawford, Price) can boast the same, with only Miguel Cabrera, Josh Hamilton, and Vlad Guerrero serving as the exceptions.

That's a pretty stable sort of life for a professional sports league's superstars.

This is irrelevant, but Justice John Paul Stevens is mistaken about the "Called Shot."  That's one of those myths, like Abner Doubleday or Plymouth Rock or the idea that corked bats help hit a baseball farther that I think would serve us all a lot better if we forgot we ever heard them in the first place.

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