If you get Sports Illustrated delivered to your home (as I do), this week’s cover will include the SI Sportsperson of the Year – Derek Jeter. Jeter is near universally admired by his peers and baseball fans everywhere (except statisticians who bemoan his lack of range at shortstop), and it’s hard not to be a fan of someone who has “class” written about him in every article. I mean, Bob Sheppard is finally retiring at 99, no longer able to make it to Yankee Stadium to work the public address mic, but Jeter insists on having a recording of Sheppard’s introduction played before every at bat.
Jeter talks about winning the award with Dan Patrick. [DanPatrick.com/SI]
Probably Not the Photo Taken by Topps, Huh…
If you take a couple of suggestive photos for your significant other, beware who else might have access to that computer or phone where the photos are stored… That’s the lesson Grady Sizemore seems to have learned now that a series of photos that likely won’t be sold on fathead.com have found their way onto the internet. Sizemore, working through the legal arm of MLB, is trying to have websites that now have copies of these photos removed – but not all sites are conforming to the request. Apparently, the leak comes from a friend/angry friend of his girlfriend. [ESPN]
Check out the photos, if you dare, on deadspin.com… [Deadspin]
Back to Baseball…
Sources in the Roy Halliday clan say that the pitcher wants to be dealt by spring training, else he will veto any trade after that. Halliday wants to be able to focus on preparing for and playing in 2010. [ESPN]
Alex Cora, who filled in for the injured Jose Reyes until he, too, lost his season to two thumb injuries, resigned with the Mets for a one-year, $2 million deal with some incentives for playing time. Cora remains a decent backup, but you’ll want to see how he handles the bat or throws upon his return. [MLB]
Another backup got signed – catcher Jason LaRue of the Cardinals. LaRue’s one year deal is worth $950K. [FoxSports]
In a grand gesture of kindness, the Angels players agreed to provide a full share of their playoff earnings to the estate of Nick Adenhart, worth about $140K. The Yankees divided their share amongst 46 players, taking home a record $365K each. Since the average Yankee earns something like $7.5 million, it’s tip money, but still… Did you know that the second place clubs that DIDN’T make the playoffs also receive a share of the playoff money? Basically, the players get a large percentage of the ticket sales first three (of a five game series) or four (of a seven game series) game series. [MLB]
Hall of Fame Ballots for those who cannot vote…
Walter Alston was born on this day in 1911 – and then managed the Dodgers forever… At least until he got old and handed the reins to Tommy Lasorda, who may be my favorite manager of all time.
Also celebrating with cards, cake, or rememberances: Ed Reulbach (1882) – the best fourth starter ever?, Cookie Lavagetto (1912), Marty Marion (1917), Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish (1925), George Foster (1948), Dan Schatzeder (1954), Tom Filer (1956), Greg Harris (1963), Larry Walker (1966), Reggie Sanders (1967) – and probably still on the DL somewhere, Kirk Rueter (1970).
Tom Filer has the longest winning streak of all time, probably, if you go by elapsed time between losses. After losing two decisions, Filer won his first career game on 7 – 3 – 1982 for the Cubs, went to the minors for two years before playing again in 1985 and going 7 – 0 that season for Toronto. He wasn’t in a major league game again until 1988, where Filer won his first three decisions with the Brewers before finally losing on 6 – 19 – 1988 – two weeks shy of six years, with eleven straight winning decisions.