The mechanical causes of Jeter's .270 batting average? I don't have the slightest idea. Perhaps Kevin Long does. But the problem does show up in some other statistics, as Jeter's line-drive percentage was way down last season, his ground-ball percentage way up.What I think is that Jeter suffered from more than his fair share of bad luck last year, and that he'll probably bounce back regardless of what Kevin Long does.
I think that's what we're all hoping for. In other Captain news, Jeter says that he is over the contract squabble of the off-season, which is good to hear. Derek Jeter needs the Yankees and the Yankees need Derek Jeter, and even if this is just lip service, it's good to see that they are at least making an attempt to bury the hatchet and move on. The whole thing got uglier than most of us expected, but I think there's too much history between Jeter and the organization for either side to hold a major grudge.
- At SB New York, 'Ed Valentine' lists the Yankees on Michael Young's trade list. While Young's estrangement from the Texas Rangers may provide an opportunity to snag him at a bargain rate, Ed is correct in saying "First and foremost, the Yankees have no place for Young to play."
- Russell Martin is now healthy enough to resume catching drills.