LADY AT THE BAT: Jeter Stands Out Among Yanks On Provisional WBC Rosters

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Jeter Stands Out Among Yanks On Provisional WBC Rosters

Several players from the Yankees 40-man roster have been added to provisional rosters for the upcoming World Baseball Classic:

Dominican- Melky Cabrera, Robinson Cano, Damaso Marte, Edwar Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez and Jose Veras

Mexican- Alfredo Aceves and Jorge Vazquez

Chinese- Kai Liu and Zhenwang Zhang

Panamanian- Jahdiel Santamaria

Italian- Francisco Cervelli

American- Derek Jeter

Jeter's name stands out for this reason: Last night on the MLB Network's "Hot Stove" program, a question was posed about Derek Jeter's presence on the American roster: Will is absence from Spring Training be a detriment to the Yankees? Harold Reynolds and the guys all seemed to be in agreement that his absence would hurt the Yankees. The Yankees have two new pitchers (Sabathia and Burnett) and big-ticket item Mark Teixeira now, who know nothing about how harsh the New York Media can be and, if Derek Jeter were there he'd be able to "deflect" the media and show these new guys the ropes. After all, Reynolds said, he did that for Alex Rodrigez when he first arrived in New York.


I don't know what Yankee team HR was following in 2004, but I don't remember anything like that at all. More often than not, A-Rod was left twisting in the wind, rather than being propped up by the captain of the New York Yankees.

The Yankees, including their new arrivals, won't suffer because of Jeter's absence from Spring Training. I doubt he'll be totally absent, anyway. My guess is he'll be there at the beginning. Besides, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada will be there the whole time. There's nothing to worry about.



Anonymous said...

Thank you!

Jeter and Reynolds are BFF's so blowing smoke might fool the general audience but baseball fans who trust their own eyes and ears and not the media bias know the deal.

Bernadette Pasley said...

I would imagine that, even the general audience couldn't fooled on this one.