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Baseball is America is Star Trek.
Happy Saturday, Tumblr.

Baseball is America is Star Trek.

Happy Saturday, Tumblr.

Yankee fans remember him for helping coach New York to four World Series titles… and getting into a fight with Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez… and getting hit by a foul ball off Chuck Knoblauch’s bat, after which he donned a combat helmet.  He player or coached with the Dodgers, Reds, Senators, Cubs, Padres, Rangers, Red Sox, and the Rays.  
Having been a part of professional baseball for more than six decades, Don Zimmer, the coach’s coach, has passed away at the age of 83.
Here’s he’s seen wearing that post-foul ball helmet during a parade for the 1999 championship team.  Earlier in his career, he had almost died from another baseball to his jowly, cheeky noggin.  And yet, there was always that smile.  (When he wasn’t fighting with Pedro Martinez.)
Rest in peace, Zim.  There are no foul balls in Heaven.

Yankee fans remember him for helping coach New York to four World Series titles… and getting into a fight with Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez… and getting hit by a foul ball off Chuck Knoblauch’s bat, after which he donned a combat helmet.  He player or coached with the Dodgers, Reds, Senators, Cubs, Padres, Rangers, Red Sox, and the Rays.  

Having been a part of professional baseball for more than six decades, Don Zimmer, the coach’s coach, has passed away at the age of 83.

Here’s he’s seen wearing that post-foul ball helmet during a parade for the 1999 championship team.  Earlier in his career, he had almost died from another baseball to his jowly, cheeky noggin.  And yet, there was always that smile.  (When he wasn’t fighting with Pedro Martinez.)

Rest in peace, Zim.  There are no foul balls in Heaven.

All I’m saying is that a Star Trek character would do better.

His last Opening Day in the Bronx is today.
You hate him but you know he’s a five-time World Series champ.
You hate him but you know he’s been in the playoffs 17 out of his 19 seasons in the bigs thus far.
You hate him but you know he’s got a lifetime .312 batting average (to date) with more than 1200 RBI and 250 homeruns in a 20-year career.
You hate him but you know he just passed Milwaukee’s Paul Molitor to become 8th in total hits, with Carl Yaztremski’s hit total coming up next. 
You hate him but you know he’s earned his nicknames “Mr. November,” “Captain Clutch” and whatever other monikers fans and other players have devised and applied.
You hate him but he plays the game right, and always has.
You hate him but you know you can’t hate him because look at that smile and oh yeah, did we mention the World Series rings?
Thanks for everything, Captain.
Thank you, Derek Jeter.
Even from the haters.

His last Opening Day in the Bronx is today.

You hate him but you know he’s a five-time World Series champ.

You hate him but you know he’s been in the playoffs 17 out of his 19 seasons in the bigs thus far.

You hate him but you know he’s got a lifetime .312 batting average (to date) with more than 1200 RBI and 250 homeruns in a 20-year career.

You hate him but you know he just passed Milwaukee’s Paul Molitor to become 8th in total hits, with Carl Yaztremski’s hit total coming up next. 

You hate him but you know he’s earned his nicknames “Mr. November,” “Captain Clutch” and whatever other monikers fans and other players have devised and applied.

You hate him but he plays the game right, and always has.

You hate him but you know you can’t hate him because look at that smile and oh yeah, did we mention the World Series rings?

Thanks for everything, Captain.

Thank you, Derek Jeter.

Even from the haters.

Opening Day poem.

Fuck you, snow

Fuck you, winter

'tis the season

of splendid splinters.

Of caught fly balls

and stolen bases;

of triples, doubles,

and pennant races.

Under domes, 

or wide, blue sky —

away or home,

let homers fly.

Hit inside pitch;

bunts down the line;

World Series rings —

it’s baseball time.

(Photo of Major League Baseball’s opening day ceremonies in San Diego, CA on Sunday, March 30 by USA Today)

I want to start by saying thank you.

I know they say that when you dream you eventually wake up. Well, for some reason, I’ve never had to wake up. Not just because of my time as a New York Yankee but also because I am living my dream every single day.

Last year was a tough one for me. As I suffered through a bunch of injuries, I realized that some of the things that always came easily to me and were always fun had started to become a struggle. The one thing I always said to myself was that when baseball started to feel more like a job, it would be time to move forward.

So really it was months ago when I realized that this season would be my last. As I came to this conclusion and shared it with my friends and family, they all told me to hold off saying anything until I was absolutely 100% sure.

And the thing is, I could not be more sure. I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball.

Derek Jeter announces his impending retirement via Facebook.

:-(

After a year of warring with Major League Baseball, Alex Rodriguez effectively ended his battle on Friday, dropping his lawsuits against baseball and the players’ union over his doping suspension.

The legal move means that Rodriguez, the Yankees’ third baseman, has accepted that he will be sidelined for the entire 2014 season plus the postseason — the longest suspension in the sport’s history for the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Without admitting to the use of banned substances, Rodriguez, 38, quietly submitted papers in federal court in New York seeking to voluntarily dismiss two high-profile lawsuits he has filed in recent months.

In one of the cases, Rodriguez had sued M.L.B. and the players’ union, seeking to throw out an independent arbitrator’s decision that upheld most of his 211-game suspension. In the other case, originally filed in October, Rodriguez named M.L.B. and its commissioner, Bud Selig, as defendants, claiming they engaged in a “witch hunt” as they investigated his use of banned substances.

But Rodriguez’s energy for continuing to pursue his case in the courts began to wane in recent weeks as legal experts predicted dim prospects for his lawsuits and as the public grew increasingly weary of his battle. The arbitrator’s report in his case, which was made public as a result of the lawsuit Rodriguez filed in January, offered an authoritative account of Rodriguez’s alleged doping regimen — serving a public setback to a ballplayer once considered among the best of his generation.

In mid-January, Rodriguez signaled while speaking with reporters in Mexico City that he might be moving toward giving up, as he said that the upcoming season will give him a chance to “rest physically, mentally and to prepare for the future and to start a new chapter of my life,” according to a translation of a video posted to ESPN New York.

The New York Times, "Alex Rodriguez Drops Lawsuit Against Baseball, Selig and Union."

LOL, what a motherfucker.

BVT News Roundup 21 January 2014.