Since the beginning of the 1998 season, Jeter has started 1,946 regular season games (and 118 post-season games) and he has batted lower than third only once -- July 10, 1999, when he hit cleanup. A move to the lower third of the Yankee lineup would be big news.
After having one of his finest seasons at the plate in 2009, CI is on course to post career-lows in average, on-base and slugging. More than two-thirds of his batted balls this year have been on the ground, putting Juan Pierre's single-season record of 368 grounders, set in 2003, within reach (CI has 324).
Jeter has made more outs (461) than any player in baseball in 2010 and in Win Probability Added (batting only), he is 320th (of 398 players) in the AL at -0.8. For reference, Kevin Cash (with an OPS+ of 5) is 12 spots higher at 308th.
Joe Posnanski, September 2:
I went to have drinks with Michael Schur — brilliant creator of "Parks and Rec" and Ken Tremendous of Fire Joe Morgan — and the entire conversation was more or less about Derek Jeter. Michael admits that he spends most of his leisure minutes these days thinking about Derek Jeter. ...
You know the deal. Jeter's contract with the Yankees is up at the end of the year. ... The Yankees cannot possibly let perhaps the most beloved Yankee of them all go somewhere else and ... Jeter cannot possibly go play for the Rockies or the Brewers or the Red Sox or the Mets ... But it is also becoming more and more clear by the day that Derek Jeter is declining pretty rapidly as a player. ...
How will the Yankees handle this? How will Jeter handle this?
Mark Feinsand, Daily News:
If this weekend was any indication, October might be a very short month for the Yankees. ... Joba Chamberlain coughed up a lead in the eighth inning on Friday and Mariano Rivera blew a save on Saturday ...Ben Shpigel, Times:
Well rested and fully healed, Lee began the game by walking Jeter, then set down the next 15 batters. None of them hit a ball into the outfield until Eduardo Nunez spoiled his no-hit bid with a one-out single in the sixth.George A. King III, Post:
Despite losing six of seven and getting swept by the Rangers across three weekend games at The Ballpark, the [free-falling] Yankees open a three-game series tonight against the Rays at Tropicana Field holding a skinny one-half game lead. ...King, Post:
And in losing six of seven, the Yankees batted .209 (14-for-67) with runners in scoring position ...
[T]onight's part of the undercard is very delicious ... CC Sabathia and David Price ... Tonight starts an 11-day stretch in which the Rays and Yankees meet seven times.