- Interview: Jed Hoyer
I'm Mike Lee and I am the Deputy Editor of American Thinker. I stepped outside the world of news and politics recently to conduct an e-mail interview with San Diego Padres GM Jed Hoyer. That follows
- Interview: Dave Magadan
- In Defense Of Signing Pedro Feliz
- Texting Derek Jeter
on Clifton Phifer's estate by a friend.
Brilliant. Why didn't I think of that?
Anyway, the electronic banter between buddies Kinsler and Lee got me thinking: What have Derek Jeter's former -- for now
- Cliff Lee, Ace
Regardless of your rooting interests last night, you had to be impressed by the complete domination of Cliff Lee. The Yankees have a great offense, but he made them look foolish all night, keeping
- What the Cliff Lee Signing Means for Texas
He wasn't going to give the Rangers a "hometown discount," but Cliff Lee was willing to re-sign with the Texas Rangers. According to Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg, Lee was willing to stay
- Daily Notes: A More Better Cliff Lee?
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of Daily Notes.
1. Featured Game: Boston at Philadelphia, 13:35 ET
2. Largely Superfluous Video: Cliff Lee's May 15th Start
- Cliff Lee: Complete Games, Shutouts, And Cy Youngs
with 6, ahead of James Shields (4) and Derek Holland (4). In the NL, it's not even close:
When it comes to the 2011 NL Cy Young race, it presently comes down to just three fellas: Cliff Lee
- Cliff Lee to Texas for Justin Smoak, Finalized
that just isn't there with Rich Harden, Scott Feldman, Colby Lewis, C.J. Wilson, Tommy Hunter, Derek Holland, and the others that have inhabited the Rangers rotation this season. Lee could ostensibly
- The Cliff Lee Trade: New York's Perspective
It's not official yet, but all indications point to the Yankees and the Mariners completing a deal for Cliff Lee before tonight's game, in which Lee was scheduled to face his new team. As Dave
- Didi Gregorius vs. Derek Jeter, Importantly
about them here. Arizona drew some criticism, as people weren't sure Gregorius would stick as a regular shortstop, but general manager Kevin Towers saw to it to compare Gregorius to a young Derek
- Will Derek Holland Finally Get a Chance to Shine?
Derek Holland fell off of prospect lists in 2009 by pitching 138+ innings, but he's still unproven and holds the excitement of unfulfilled potential. So far, the excuse has been the crowded house
- Game 4 ALCS Review: Derek Holland
pitcher, Derek Holland. After entering the game in an impossible position -- to quote Joe Sheehan's Twitter account, "100 minutes late, the Rangers get their fourth-best starter into the game" -- Holland
- What the Cliff Lee Signing Means for New York
discussed in the event they miss on Cliff Lee. While we don't know which players the Yankees have identified, we do know one thing: none of them is as good an option as Cliff Lee. But with Lee spurning
- Lee and LaRoche
With the off-season winding down and a need at first base, the Orioles targeted Derrek Lee and Adam LaRoche as the best options remaining in free agency. They ended up signing Lee because he
- Cliff Lee
As it turns out, Cliff Lee’s tour and demolition of the National League will be put on hold, at least through the 2010 season. If the blockbuster involving Roy Halladay, the Phillies
- Young Derek Jeter
Young Derek Jeter's mother dressed him in a sensible collared Le Tigre for school pictures, but Young Derek Jeter removed it in the boys' bathroom in favor of the Georgetown sweatshirt he keeps
- Derek Jeter Fashion Show
Dood, Jetah has weahd ahms.
This item broke pre-Thanksgiving, but sports card publication company Beckett Media recently posted some mocked-up images of Derek Jeter in all 30 MLB uniforms
- Cliff Lee Hates Walks
If Kevin Youkilis is the "Greek God of Walks," does that make Cliff Lee his mortal enemy? It's an interesting query to ponder, considering Cliff Lee's complete refusal to walk batters this season
- Derek Jeter: The Curse of the Captain
need a little self assurance every now and then?
Last week, as contract negotiations between the New York Yankees and Derek Jeter went from bad to worse, Yahoo! user snc413 became rightfully
- Carlos Lee is a Fantasy Horse
One of the most undervalued fantasy players year-in and year-out is Carlos Lee. Last year, Lee was on pace for one of his best seasons ever before a finger injury ended his season in early August
- Clifton Phifer Lee
Happy Clifton Phifer Lee Day. I believe they're still partying in Philadelphia.
First things first: You need to take a minute and two seconds out of your day to visit www.cliftonphiferlee.com.
- Lee's Trade Value
In the last four months, I've written two posts with a similar point - a team traded Cliff Lee and got a mediocre return at best in terms of prospects. First, Cleveland's Mark Shapiro made
- Reactions to the Cliff Lee Contract
While Lee’s deal is certainly large, when it was first announced, it slightly surprised me that it wasn’t a lot larger. Given the lack of other elite pitching talent this offseason, the seller’s
- The Lee Elia Profane Robot
On the afternoon of April 29, 1983, Cubs skipper Lee Elia treated Americans to the most gorgeous, most resplendent managerial tirade in the history of history. Please, drink humbly, thankfully
- Derek Jeter Is Grateful
It should come as no surprise to you that Derek Jeter knows what the ladies like. And what the ladies like, particularly after a session of boozy coitus 'neath a mirrored ceiling, are things they can
- Cliff Lee is Still Awesome
Last night, Cliff Lee dominated the Dodgers, throwing eight shutout innings, while striking out 10 batters without walking anyone. In other words, it was just your normal Cliff Lee start
- Derrek Lee to the Braves
According to multiple sources, the Braves are very close to acquiring Derrek Lee from the Chicago Cubs for a handful of prospects. For the Braves, who made a few deals at the deadline that netted
- Carlos Lee to First?
, the Houston Astros. Cafardo reports that in an attempt to increase Carlos Lee's trade value, the team will move the struggling outfielder to first base to start the 2011 season.
Lee has had a terrible
- Cliff Lee's Results in Texas
Cliff Lee struck out 10 batters, walked one, and didn't allow a home run in 7.2 innings in last night's start against the Tampa Bay Rays. Lee gave up six earned runs, taking the loss in the 6-4
- No Enthusiasm Curbed for Derek Jeter
UZR and like minded fielding statistics were almost mentioned by name on tonight's Curb Your Enthusiasm when Larry David got into a fight with a stonemason about whether or not Derek Jeter sucks
- A Tweet by Derek Holland, Illustrated
click to enlarge
Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland, whose twitter name is Dutch_Oven45 (let's just leave it), posted this tweet last week:
fantasy football can deff make u very frustrated
- The Twitter Habits of Derek Holland
Rangers baseball pitcher Derek Holland seems like a lovely young man. Part of that loveliness -- a necessary part, I would submit -- is that his Twitter predilections are as nude of airs and fronts
- Carlos Lee and Kevin Mench
A week ago, the Rangers and Brewers swapped leftfielders and a few other players. Texas acquired Carlos Lee and minor leaguer Nelson Cruz for Kevin Mench, Laynce Nix, Francisco Cordero and a minor
- Is There a Trade Market for Carlos Lee?
Last Saturday, Jon Heyman mused via Twitter that he hadn't yet seen any trade interest develop in Astros' first baseman/outfielder Carlos Lee. The tone of Heyman's tweet was one of surprise; he noted
- ADP Crowdsourcing: Cliff Lee
In today’s edition of ADP Crowdsourcing, we stay with the topical trend. We are using pick number instead of round again, so please vote accordingly.
We all knew that Cliff Lee was going to make
- Why Kershaw But Not Lee?
Finishing one out short of his sixth shutout of the season Wednesday night, Cliff Lee capped off a magnificent August by holding the Reds scoreless over 8 2/3 innings. He turned in the following
- Marlins Acquire Carlos Lee
Carlos Lee is heading to Miami. While the 36-year-old first baseman vetoed a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers last week, Lee accepted a deal was sent to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday. Lee is clearly
- In Defense of Derek Jeter
Okay, I know the fashionable stance to take on Derek Jeter's defense is that it's bad. But surely it's not this bad.
From MLB.com, your official home for ballboy news.*
I thought I
- Derek Jeter, Angel
I can't imagine how the guy could be an angel like this...It is human to err...Derek hasn't made many errors that I've been able to witness.
- Joe Namath
On Monday in Tampa, footballing legend
- Pirates Acquire Derrek Lee
Just hours after acquiring their potential first baseman of the future (Chris Davis), the Baltimore Orioles shipped off their first baseman of the present – Derrek Lee – to the Pittsburgh Pirates
- Cliff Lee Revisted Again
Does anyone remember a stranger season in recent memory than the one Cliff Lee is currently putting together? As we've covered extensively here, Lee came out of the gates pitching like 1988 Orel
- Cliff Lee Stands Alone
of some asterisk or fluke or memorable gaffe.
Cliff Lee is a fine pitcher. Fine like diamonds, not like, say, a Subaru Justy. He's been among the elite starting pitchers going on five straight seasons
- Cliff Lee and the Cost of an Ace
With the Phillies finally admitting that they're not going anywhere fast, Ruben Amaro is talking to teams about Cliff Lee. The Red Sox are reportedly showing the most interest, and despite the fact
- Cliff Lee's Playoff Dominance
Last night's Phillies win closed the book on Cliff Lee's amazing playoff performance, unless he comes back on Thursday out of the pen on two days rest. A couple weeks ago, Marc looked
- The Greatness of Cliff Lee
Cliff Lee spent the first month of the season on the disabled list, not making his season debut until April 30th. While most starting pitchers have already started 11 or 12 games this season, Lee
- Michael Young = Derek Jeter?
) on the revamped box scores.
But maybe Winfield went a little too far when he said "Michael Young is the Derek Jeter of the Texas Rangers." Derek Jeter still plays shortstop and owns all those
- The New (Old) Derek Jeter
2008 looked like the beginning of the end for Derek Jeter. His OPS dipped below .800 for only the second time this decade, his ISO fell off, and his home run rate dropped. Maybe he was simply
- Baseball Players Twerking: Derek Jeter
Derek Jeter is very excited to rejoin the Yankees lineup today.
This has been Baseball Players Twerking.
- Perplexed About Lee
the Astros ace hard to move. The other popular trade candidates are Jarrod Washburn, Paul Maholm, Zach Duke, Jason Marquis, and potentially, Aaron Harang.
All of this brings us to Cliff Lee, currently
- Cliff Lee's Impact On The Phillies
Now that we know the basic structure of Cliff Lee's contract with the Phillies - 5 years, $120 million, plus a vesting option for a sixth year that could take it to $135 million in overall value - we
- Cliff Lee: Still Studly
models, used the tools available at Last Player Picked (currently defunct) and Baseball Prospectus and kept coming away with the same result - Cliff Lee was the most valuable player in the league
- Cliff Lee To Philadelphia
acquisition of Cliff Lee. Amazingly enough, he was able to get one of the game's best pitchers without surrendering any of his highly coveted talents.
Instead of giving up J.A. Happ, Kyle Drabek
- Honoring Derrek Lee
One of the upsides of downtime during the off-season is the freedom it allows for one to stumble upon tidbits and performances he missed throughout the season. Consider this one: Derrek Lee had
- Lee Judge Means Business
Executive Summary: The KC Star's Royals blogger, Lee Judge, recently criticized Wilson Betemit for not taking an 81-mph slider in the ribs with the bases loaded. In order to lend the heft
- Cliff Lee Refreshes MLBTradeRumors
Cliff Lee refreshes MLBTradeRumors. Nothing doing. His nephews told him this was the place to find any and all trade rumors. But it is not the place to find Cliff Lee trade rumors.
He types his
- Crowdsourcing Results: Cano and Lee
Here are the results from this week’s ADP Crowdsourcing, and I’m bothered by what you all had to say about Lee.
My vote: 7
Std Dev: 3.3
- Cliff Lee's Trade Value
Over the next six weeks, most of the General Managers of contending teams will ask themselves the same question - what am I willing to give up to get Cliff Lee? Lee is the big fish in the upcoming
- Appreciating Derek Lowe
Ever since he became a full-time member of Red Sox the starting rotation in 2002, Derek Lowe has been one of the best in the game at eating innings and simply inducing ground balls. Lowe has made
- O's Add Derrek Lee
The Baltimore Orioles have continued their Extreme Makeover: Infield Edition by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with free agent first baseman Derrek Lee. The exact terms of the deal aren't
- Derek Lowe Says Farewell
Today, Derek Lowe announced he's leaving baseball behind.
I’m officially no longer going to play the game... It's still enjoyable, but the role I was having wasn't fulfilling...
- Setting a Derek Lowe Baseline
of going elsewhere for help:
Source: Rangers on verge of signing RHP Derek Lowe to minor league deal, but he will make club, probably in swing role. Story coming.
— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant
- Cliff Lee Was Not Living on the Edge
Sometimes a graphic can make the obvious even more obvious. Anyone watching last night knows that Cliff Lee did not look like the guy who took the Rays and the Yankees to school. A look at his pitch
- Daily Graphing - Derek Lowe
With all the injuries suffered by the Los Angeles Dodgers, it's been the starting trio of Brad Penny, Brett Tomko, and Derek Lowe that's kept their record at .500. Lowe's had an interesting career
- Reflecting on the Cliff Lee Trade
the moon and then some, the Phillies organization looked elsewhere for pitching depth. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is looking like a very smart man.
Cleveland sent veteran southpaw Cliff Lee
- The Amazing Cliff Lee
A couple of weeks ago, I authored a post where I explained why Cliff Lee couldn't continue pitching as well as he had in his first three starts of the season, when he'd allowed two runs and ran
- Derek Lowe & Contact
When someone discusses Derek Lowe’s pitching strategy, the term “pitching to contact” arises more often than not. It sounds good. Lowe uses his sinking fastball to generate groundballs in which his
- The Impressive Derek Holland
Tonight, Derek Holland takes the mound for the Rangers. On the surface, he might look like a disappointing young pitcher who has found the transition to the majors to be a bumpy road. After all
- Derek Lowe's Big Night
When the Atlanta Braves signed Derek Lowe before the 2009 season, they probably never envisioned him producing strikeout totals that mimic the Johnsons of the pitching world (Walter, Randy, or Josh
- Derek Jeter's 4-6-3 Nightmare
. These fellows will be pitching to one Derek Jeter, who happens to be amongst the tops in the league when it comes to rolling into double plays.
Twenty-two times in 120 opportunities results in 18
- What's Wrong with Derek Jeter?
At 36 and just after signing a three-year deal, Derek Jeter is off to a horrible start in 2011. With 120 plate appearances Jeter has a wRC+ of just 57, and the main reason is his complete lack
- Appreciating Derek Jeter
tossed at Derek Jeter as he’s approached 3,000 hits. That’s simply how things go these days. Jeter's among the biggest sports celebrities of the past 15 years, and it’s become cool to hate him. Heck, I
- 2010 Sleeper: Derek Holland
Along with RHP Neftali Feliz, lefty Derek Holland is supposed to anchor the Texas Rangers pitching staff for years to come.
The lanky, 6-2 Holland was taken in the 25th round of the 2006 draft
- Derek Jeter and the 3000-Hit Club
Today with a single and a home run Derek Jeter got his 2999th and 3000th hits, joining a group of just 27 other players to do so. Jeter is the fourth youngest player to reach the mark, having turned
- Derek Lowe the Brave
Since Derek Lowe was moved back to the starting rotation in 2002, he has been a model of consistency. Between the Red Sox and Dodgers over that time frame, an average season looked like this: 15-11
- The Great Derek Jeter Conspiracy
or Part III of 'Things Aren't Always as They Appear".
How is it that Derek Jeter can win three consecutive Gold Glove awards (2004-2006) for being the best defensive shortstop in the American
- Derek Lowe and Red Flags
Prior to the 2009 season, the Atlanta Braves signed Derek Lowe to a four year, 60 million dollar contract. One year and 15 million dollars later, the Braves seem to be having second thoughts
- Derek Jeter's Home Cooking
Derek Jeter's resurgent year has been well chronicled. He excelled in pretty much every facet at the game, posting a 142 wRC+ and a well above average UZR. Overall, at 7.4 WAR, he was simply one
- Contract Crowdsourcing: Derek Jeter
Well, this one should be interesting.
Derek Jeter is widely expected to re-sign with the New York Yankees when the season ends. A lifelong Yankee, it's nearly impossible to imagine him going
- Derek Holland's High Heat
Derek Holland hit 96 MPH and sat at 94 MPH with his fastball during game two of the ALCS. That sort of velocity from a left-hander means he's on the right track for future value. His problem Monday
- Derek Jeter, Offensive Shortstop
As you might have heard, Derek Jeter is set to take his final lap around the major leagues. I have always found Jeter fascinating, for many reasons. Obviously, he was the key defining link - along
- Derek Jeter's Dimming Star
, Derek Jeter's 2008 campaign was the worst of his career.
This past season, Jeter posted just a 0.26 WPA/LI, the lowest full-season mark of his distinguished career and a middling 8th among 17
- Carlos Lee: Is There Anything Left?
Carlos Lee is best known for the 6 year, $100M contract he signed with the Astros. While he has not lived up to it as a player, he has be a serviceable fantasy option. His home run power has been
- Will Derek Jeter Be Good Again?
For the fourth time this season, Derek Jeter has been sidelined. There is no timetable for his return, and unless the Yankees reach the postseason -- and there is still hope on that front
- Yankees Trade for Derek Jeter
there've been rumors about Joba Chamberlain, and about maybe trading Phil Hughes for a hitter. But Thursday, the Yankees went ahead and exchanged Travis Ishikawa for Derek Jeter. Jeter was inserted
- Contents of the Derek Jeter Gift Basket
[Read this post from yesterday if you don't know what I'm talking about, then come back.]
1. Derek Jeter signed baseball.
2. Bottle of Driven, Derek Jeter's personally-designed cologne
- Lee Smith and the Hall of Fame
Yes, I admit it. That's a pretty neutral headline. Doesn't tell you whether I think Lee Smith is worthy of the Hall of Fame.
Because I don't really know.
Smith appears to be more qualified than
- Derrek Lee's 12-Team Mixed Status
Derrek Lee finished 21st in the MVP vote in 2008 on the heels of his .291/.361/.462 season for the NL Central-winning Chicago Cubs. But as impressive as that may be, Lee is a fringe fantasy starter
- Should Anyone Sign Derrek Lee?
Derrek Lee hasn't retired just yet. According to Ken Rosenthal, Lee is looking to play during the upcoming season, but he's looking for the "right opportunity." Lee struggled early on last season
- The Miracle of Derek Lowe's Home Run
There is a small, good, round miracle to be found in the moving video images that follow. The miracle is not that Derek Lowe has finally hit his first major-league home run. No, the miracle
- Cliff Lee, The Rangers and Seven Years
If one of Jon Heyman's recent Tweets is to be believed, the Yankees are willing to go seven years with Cliff Lee.
Anyhow, none of this is especially surprising, given the Yankees' resources
- Cliff Lee's Pitch Type Splits
According to MLBAM classifications (with the help of Dave Allen's reclassification algorithm), Cliff Lee has thrown six distinct pitches this season: four-seam fastball (FF), two-seam fastball (FT
- Derrek Lee’s Down Year
If I told you coming into this season that Derrek Lee was going to have the worst season of his career offensively aside from one half season stint as a twenty-three year old, you probably wouldn't
- Contract Crowdsourcing: Cliff Lee
- Cleef Van Lee
- Derek Jeter Cheated. So What?
the game, and it creates a major moral hazard problem, because it incentivizes every other player to lie."
So guess who else was incentivized to lie? Derek Jeter. Last night, in the middle
- Johan Santana vs Cliff Lee
. Another disclaimer - I'm a Mariners fan, so I'm in love with Cliff Lee at this point, as I'm sure many Phillies fans were last season.
This year, Johan and Lee have some extra intrigue
- The Magical Art Paintings of Derek Erdman
I've embedded after the jump.
What you'll see are paintings by Derek Erdman, a person who, if we're in the habit of trusting Wikipedia, is a Seattle-based painter and contributes to that city's
- The Cliff Lee Trade: Seattle's Perspective
As originally reported by Joel Sherman, and confirmed by most others, the Mariners are on the verge of trading Cliff Lee to the Yankees for a package of prospects headlined by Jesus Montero
- Cliff Lee and Avoiding Free Passes
Cliff Lee is having a season for the ages. His prodigious strikeout to walk ratio this year has been well documented, but it practically deserves a note after every one of his starts. I am going
- Cubs Bring Back Pitching For Lee
Although word has been out for much of the day that Derrek Lee was on the way to Atlanta in a waiver deal, the deal wasn't made official until 5:25 Eastern Time, according to Fox Sports's Ken
- The Dodgers Should Claim Cliff Lee
While this kind of thing is expected, there's still some news today from Jeff Passan of of Yahoo Sports.
Source: Phillies have placed Cliff Lee on waivers. Executives expect him to clear Friday
- David Price, Cliff Lee, and the Others
, 74 called strikeouts
Cliff Lee, 73
Jon Lester, 52
C.J. Wilson, 50
Ubaldo Jimenez, 49
Felix Hernandez, 48
Adam Wainwright, 44
Stephen Strasburg, 42
Bartolo Colon, 42
Chris Sale, 41
- Derek Holland, Rangers Talking Extension
Early Thursday afternoon, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported that the Texas Rangers were working on a long-term deal with starter Derek Holland. As an unabashed fan of Derek Holland (yes
- Derek Lowe: Sell High Candidate
with familiar names who, while off to great start, isn't likely to keep up his current level of performance, creating an excellent sell high candidate.
Derek Lowe is a strange dude this season
- Update: Cliff Lee is Still Good
Is it just me or has there been a recent dearth of articles focused on Cliff Lee lately? It seems like all the major sources used up their Cliff Quota earlier in the year when he looked more like
- A Hypothetical Rangers Trade for Cliff Lee
Source:Cliff Lee is in play in trade talks today. Rangers obviously the most logical landing spot, with 3B Mike Olt as possible centerpiece.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 30, 2012
- Contract Crowdsourcing Results: Cliff Lee
Well, the market might be expecting inflation, but it doesn't seem like FanGraphs readers are. The results for Cliff Lee's contract estimate is in, and it's quite a bit lower than I expected
- Contract Crowdsourcing Results: Derek Jeter
The crowd has spoken, and Derek Jeter will not be getting anything close to the 5 year, $100 million deal that was rumored before the season. His relatively poor performance this year, combined
- Derek Jeter Announces Impending Retirement
Derek Jeter announced today that the 2014 season will be his last, bringing an end to a career that will have spanned 20 years. And while Jeter may be most famous in the statistical community
- Free Agent Bargain: Derek Lowe
For our final free agent bargain, we take a look at another starting pitcher who simply doesn't get the recognition he deserves - Derek Lowe. I've written about him several times this year
- Troy Tulowitzki and Derek Jeter: Superheros
of baseball he’s ever played. He’s back to being the force of nature we’re accustomed to seeing, and it’s been fantastic to watch.
Derek Jeter is enjoying a fine second half of the season
- Lee, Ruf, Salazar: Mining the Minors
the likelihood that a player will make his way to, or stay in, the majors during the current season based on various factors (i.e., age, depth chart, recent performance, etc.).
Zach Lee, Dodgers SP
- Derek Holland Changes, Slides to the Top
Derek Holland is starting to figure things out. After four up-and-down seasons, the 26-year-old lefty is pitching like a top-of-the-rotation starter. Holland has always shown the ability to surprise
- Derek Holland Is All Grown Up
The kid with the creepy mustache turned in his finest season in 2013. Although it wasn't backed up by the win column, Derek Holland was one of the finest starters in the American League, besting
- Q&A: Derek Norris, an A's Catcher Progresses
Three years ago, Derek Norris was a highly-regarded catcher in the Washington Nationals system. Known more for his bat than for his glove, he was battling injuries and scuffling at the plate
- Derek Jeter's Double Play Condition
Heading into the 2009 season, Joe Girardi knew he had a small problem on his hands. By most measures, his Nos. 1 and 2 hitters, Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter, ranked among the best in the league
- Indians Bet on Derek Lowe - and FIP
The Braves and Indians consummated the first trade of the off-season today, with the Braves trading Derek Lowe to the Indians for a minor-league pitcher Chris Jones. As a 23-year-old reliever who
- Derek Jeter: A Simple Approach to Hitting
Derek Jeter has over 3,600 hits since debuting with the Yankees in 1995. If the all-time great can be taken at his word, virtually every one of them has come via the same, simple approach: See
- A Major League Maturation of Derek Norris
to maintain his health. Naturally, this carried other implications, the primary of which is that right-handed-hitting catcher Derek Norris appeared to be in line for a spike in playing time.
- The Whole of the Nationals' Hidden Lee Streak
. Between 2010-2013, Cliff Lee threw 70.5% of his pitches for strikes, as a starting pitcher. He struck out a quarter of his opponents. The Nationals struck out right around a quarter of their opponents
- A Pitchf/x Look at Cliff Lee's Command
Everyone knows that Cliff Lee is having an extraordinary season. Through 174 innings he has just 11 unintentional base on balls. That works out to 0.57 BB per nine innings. Even with regression
- Hot GIF: Disembodied Derek Holland Does Weather
It is the offseason, and baseball players are not playing baseball. They are instead abetting weathermen. In the case of Derek Holland, his disembodied head and arms are abetting the false
- Soriano: "Derek Jeter is like a father to me"
Derek Jeter in the New York Post on Alfonso Soriano being designated for assignment:
"He is like a brother to me. He should be proud of what he was able to do."
Soriano, in response
- I'm Tired of the "Next Cliff Lee" Posts
Cliff Lee had, by all accounts, a fantastic 2008 season en route to a Cy Young Award. What made his performance more remarkable was how he seemingly came out of nowhere, a back end of the rotation
- Cliff Lee and Maxing Out His Innings
One of the benefits of never walking anyone is that you generally throw fewer pitches per batter and get to last deeper in games. With Cliff Lee running 1910-like walk rates his bullpen can
- Pondering "Inside Heat" by Roz Lee
- Giant Photo of Derek Jeter and Minka Kelly Kissing
, here is an obscenely large photo of Derek Jeter and Minka Kelly locked in captive embrace and Frenching like teenage thunder ...
Seriously, click to embiggen: This thing is huge!
- Begrudgingly Truncated Tweet: Derek Jeter's Situation
what’s possible." In this case, of course, "what's possible" is a joke about Derek Jeter's gentleman's ass -- nor is the present author inclined to contradict the universe on this matter.
- Michael Young For Carlos Lee Makes Sense
useful but overpaid player who doesn't really fit on their roster anymore - Carlos Lee. Swapping Young for Lee could help both franchises.
Like Young, Lee was a good player in his prime, but his
- Cliff Lee's Suspension Is Just Too Much
brought up endlessly as the penalties have gotten ever more severe for pitchers with the temerity to plunk, to graze, even to brush back.
Now Cliff Lee has been suspended for five regular-season
- Cliff Lee Just Can't Buy a Win
on the season.
We’re talking about Cliff Lee, of course, and he is still awesome.
Actually, you could make the case that in many ways he had one of his finest seasons last year. No qualified
- 28 Scoreless: Breaking Down Cliff Lee's Streak
Indians lefty Cliff Lee recently put the finishing touches on an absolutely incredible April. Ironically, the 6 IP, 3 ER, 3K performance on Wednesday night---one many pitchers would love to have
- Derek Jeter Expands Gift Basket Roster
MLB rosters expanded to 40 spots back on September 1. Following suit today, Mr. Yankee Derek Jeter expanded the roster of those who are eligible to receive a Derek Jeter Gift Basket
- Double-A Debuts: Yasiel Puig And Zach Lee
In Chattanooga, Top-100 prospects Yasiel Puig and Zach Lee debuted against a Huntsville (Brewers) team with few prospects of note. On paper, both excelled with Puig reaching base in three of four
- REPORT: Derek Jeter Severely Disturbed by Cowboy Boots
The ever-intrepid NotGraphs Investigative Reporting Investigation Team has procured a revealing psychological evaluation of Derek Jeter shortly after he received a pair of absolutely hideous, ungodly
- Cliff Lee Finds the NL to His Liking
Cliff Lee has taken to the NL well. He is 4-0 in his first four starts:+-------+----+----+----+----+----+----+
| | IP | H | R | HR | BB | K
- Why Cliff Lee's Injury is Somewhat Surprising
getting lit up by the fifth. There are a lot of useful skills a pitcher can have, durability is one of them.
Cliff Lee gets a lot of praise in these pages, and for good reason. I'm sure some of us
- First Base Update: Morales, Morneau, Lee
at DH, which is fine for them but not your fantasy team.
Derrek Lee | Orioles
Offseason wrist surgery and nagging soreness has held Lee back this spring, not to mention a foul ball hit off his foot
- Hak-Ju Lee Leads Impressive Wave of Talent
The 18-year-old infielder showed an advance approach at the plate for his age. He hit .330/.399/.420 in 264 at-bats. Lee posted a more than respectable walk rate of 10.5 BB
- CC Sabathia, Derek Lowe: Off Season Moves
with CC. He has not shown any signs of slowing down and could continue pitching 230+ innings well into the future.
Derek Lowe (Traded from Braves to Indians)
Indians perspective: After trading
- Cliff Lee and Matt Cain Pitch Into History
Last night, Cliff Lee and Matt Cain put on a pitching duel for the ages. Cain threw shutout nine innings on just 91 pitches before Bruce Bochy pinch-hit for him, while Lee managed to go 10 scoreless
- Win a Derek Jeter Watch That I Don't Want
bands), you must satisfy only two rules:
1) You must mention Derek Jeter.
2) You must amuse me.
Now, considering that I am not necessarily a fan of the Yankees, you'd be right to focus
- Offseason Notes, Featuring the Words "Derek Jeter"
Blah blah blah blah Derek Jeter blah blah blah.
Marginally Important News
In which the author examines some news that's maybe less-than-fit to print.
Arbitration Deadline Tomorrow
- Unreliable Source: "Cliff Lee to Stay in Texas"
Last night, Texas Governor Ricky Perry, making an appearance on TV's The Daily Show, meditated briefly on the fate of very coveted free agent Cliff Lee.
Via the magic of the internet, you can
- Roy Halladay & Cliff Lee: Efficiency Experts
When Cliff Lee spurned both the Rangers and Yankees for the Phillies earlier this offseason, it set up the Phillies rotation to be akin to the Miami Heat starting five, except without all the reality
- Spectacles/Mustache Package Deal: Lee Tunnell
insightful NotGraphs Chat) we are now treated to such a meeting in the person of former major-leaguer Lee Tunnell.
A brief tour of Tunnell's player page reveals that he was just a moderately successful
- Should There Be Any Expectations for Derek Jeter in 2014?
It’s not exactly news that Derek Jeter returned from the disabled list only to hop right back on to it recently. Jeter appeared in just a single game, going 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run.
- Losing Derek Holland and a Simple and Critical Truth
making moves. But something did happen to shake things up right before the weekend.
That something is that Derek Holland hurt himself on his own staircase. It sounds too absurd to take real
- NL Outfield Fallers: Bay, Lee, Ibanez
. At a time when much is going wrong for the Mets—don't underestimate the residual effect this can have on fantasy—Bay actually makes for a good value pick.
Carlos Lee, Astros
Collated ADP: 149 (131; 134
- Cliff Lee T-Shirt: Failure of Form and Function
What you see above is Cliff Lee's "Players Choice Signature Series T-Shirt," designed with input from the man himself, and you too can own one for just $24.99. According to the MLB shop
- A Pitch F/X Look at Cliff Lee
Lee has a tremendous variety of movement in his pitches. He has three pitches that tail away from righties (fourseam, twoseam, changeup) and a nasty curveball with a ton of movement. For most
- Derek Dietrich & Kyle Blanks: Deep League Wire
on the forthcoming PoemGraphs, where we calculate RARP (rhymes above replacement poet) and discuss the ridiculousness of haikus (really, a poem that doesn't rhyme? that's NOT a poem).
- Q&A: Derek Lowe on Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS
On October 20, 2004, Derek Lowe had what might be the greatest pitching performance in Boston Red Sox history. It's certainly the most underappreciated. Facing the New York Yankees in a classic Game
- The Other Half of the Story About Derek Jeter's Defense
Run a Google search for "Derek Jeter" and "defense" and you get almost 700,000 results. Run a Google search for "Chipper Jones" and you get fewer than 450,000 results. I suppose now you can bump each
- Derek Jeter: Volume Isn't a Bad Thing
Every spring fantasy columns tend to say the same old thing about Derek Jeter. "He's old. He's getting older. He can't keep doing this forever. Let someone else pay the pinstripe tax." Maybe owners
- Relative Waiver Wire: Dylan Bundy, Derek Dietrich
-be postseason team’s best option at closer, against a backdrop of Zach Britton and Tommy Hunter. Either way, the 21-year-old Bundy could play a part in the final act for 2014 title winners.
2B Derek Dietrich
- Thought Experiment: Air Bud, with Derek Jeter Instead of a Dog
. Bringing a Derek Jeter on the field!
That's cheating! You can't have a Derek Jeter on the field!
There's nothing in the rule book that says a Derek Jeter can't
- Hafner, Lee, Webb and McCarthy: DL Options
is hitting 0.345 with 5 home runs. He definitely belongs on some owner's DL or bench. A no brainer.
Derrek Lee (Oblique) 33.4% owned – Derrek begins baseball activities today and is able to come off
- What Do The Yankees Do If They Don't Get Cliff Lee?
The overwhelming expectation is that Cliff Lee will end up as a Yankee. They have the resources to pay him more than anyone else, the need for him in their rotation, and they expressed heavy interest
- The Real Truth Behind Derek Jeter’s Gold Glove — Revealed!
Yesterday, Major League Baseball announced that Derek Jeter just won his fifth Gold Glove at the age of 36. Many people greeted this news with a grin or an eye-roll; Aaron Gleeman pretended
- Audio: Dan Duquette Thought Derek Lowe Was Left-Handed
In 1997, then-Boston GM Dan Duquette traded reliever Heathcliff Slocumb to Seattle, a club en route to winning its second division title in three years, for pitcher Derek Lowe and catcher Jason
- Why Having Cliff Lee Start Game 3 Isn't A Big Deal
When the ALCS kicks off in Arlington on Friday night, Texas won't have their best player on the field. Because he carried the Rangers past the Rays last night, Cliff Lee won't start again until Game
- Derrek Lee and Scott Rolen: Veteran Corner Infield Waiver Wire Help
that's lagging or just need to balance your team via the utility spot, here are a pair of vets you might want to look up.
Derrek Lee |1B| Ownership: ESPN - 31.7% Yahoo - 27%
After a slow start
- International Bat-Flip Coverage: Korea's Ho-Joon Lee
Among the (certainly) many traits which the animated GIF embedded here -- of NC Dinos' designated hitter Ho-Joon Lee first releasing his bat with a great flourish and then, as extended coverage
- Derek Norris Comes Out as Baseball's First Openly Feral Player
OAKLAND -- When Derek Norris took his place behind home plate on Wednesday, he did so not merely as a member of the Oakland A's, but also as a representative of a different group -- namely
- Prospect Impact: Kolten Wong, Gary Brown, Hak-Ju Lee
weight in the power categories.
ACTION: Rays trade for SS Yunel Escobar
PROSPECT IMPACT: SS Hak-Ju Lee, Rays
The circumstances surrounding Lee are rather similar to what Brown has been going
- Derek Jeter Won The Gold Glove Because He's Old
Derek Jeter is not the best defensive shortstop in the American League. That is not really a controversial statement, and you don't have to be a believer in UZR to agree with the sentiment. So, why
- Yankees Re-Sign Derek Jeter, Lower Luxury Tax Calculation
will be updated once I have clarification.
Derek Jeter is going to stay with the Yankees, surprising absolutely no one. This was never really in doubt, especially because Jeter had the right to ensure he
- Why Would You Ever Throw Derek Jeter Anything But A Fastball?
an everyday player would have received -- there's only three hitters who have seen at least 35 percent of pitches coming in at 92 or higher:
1) Travis Snider, 37.41%
2) Derek Jeter, 36.28%
- Brian Anderson vs. Derek Jeter, Oct. 30, 2001
was on the mound for the D-Backs. Derek Jeter batted second in the Yankees lineup.
Eleven years later, Anderson, who finished his career with 82 wins, does color commentary and play-by-play. Jeter