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Josh Harrison’s Profile Added

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Check out the game’s most versatile player here.

Jeter Announces New Player-to-Fan Website, “The Players Tribune”

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Derek Jeter ended a 20 year Yankee career on Sunday.  At 40 years old, he’s been a Yankee Shortstop for half of his life, one of the most scrutinized jobs on Earth.  You’d think maybe a week’s vacation would be in order?

Na, Jeter tried the retired life on Monday.  It was boring.  So he started a media company yesterday.

“Introducing The Players’ Tribune, a new media platform that will present the unfiltered voices of professional athletes, bringing fans closer to the games they love than ever before. Founded by Derek Jeter, The Players’ Tribune aims to provide unique insight into the daily sports conversation and to publish first-person stories directly from athletes.”

From what it sounds like, Derek and his team are attempting to cut out “the middle man,” in this case the media, who so often fabricate controversy in the TMZ age of media.  Check out Jeter’s first post here.  Its worth reading.

The Players Tribune sounds awesome and I can’t help but see some parallels to WPW.  Our goal here, and I’ve said it before, is and will always be to cut out the marketing bullshit.  To eliminate the fluff.  So as a site with a similar philosophy, I really hope The Players Tribune succeeds.

P.S. Jeets, if you’re listening, I know of this great gear website that your readers would love (wink, wink).

 

JOSH HARRISON PROFILE COMING TODAY

Salvador Perez’ Profile Added

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Nobody’s got a better set-up than Salvador Perez behind the dish.  Check it out here as we get ready for the Royals first playoff game since 1985!

Every Single Playoff Player that We’ve Profiled

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Of the 2014 playoff teams, here are the guys we’ve profiled.  There are 39 here, and Josh Harrison will be the 40th.  Some may be outdated and I’d love for you guys to let me know if you see something that needs to be changed:

Baltimore Orioles

Adam Jones

Manny Machado

Chris Davis

Nelson Cruz

Detroit Tigers

Miguel Cabrera

Justin Verlander

David Price

Anaheim Angels

Albert Pujols

Mike Trout

Josh Hamilton

Tyler Skaggs

David Freese

Oakland Athletics

Josh Reddick

Josh Donaldson

Brandon Moss

Kansas City Royals

Eric Hosmer

Alex Gordon

Raul Ibanez (from 2012 playoffs)

Washington Nationals

Stephen Strasburg

Bryce Harper

Ian Desmond

Ryan Zimmerman

St. Louis Cardinals

Yadier Molina

Los Angeles Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw

Matt Kemp

Hanley Ramirez

Yasiel Puig

Dee Gordon

Adrian Gonzalez (hitting only)

San Francisco Giants

Buster Posey

Tim Lincecum

Pablo Sandoval

Hunter Pence

Brandon Crawford

Joe Panik

Pittsburgh Pirates

Andrew McCutchen

Gerrit Cole

Pedro Alvarez

Gregory Polanco

Joe Panik’s Profile Added

Joe Panik's Louisville Slugger T141 Maple Bat

Three second basemen in Major League Baseball hit .300+ this season.  The first two are Jose Altuve and Robinson Cano.

Can you guess the 3rd?

Derek Jeter’s Career in Gear

I had a lot more written down, but I just had to scrap it because its all meaningless.  Just roll the tape:

“The one I did not want to see forever in the postseason was actually Jeter. Jeter was just uncomfortable to pitch to, especially in the postseason.” -Pedro Martinez

I don’t even know if my brain can comprehend how much I’ll miss my childhood and adulthood idol, Derek Jeter.  All I know is that I feel lucky to have been around to see him.  Here’s a few shots of his gear through the years so I don’t just sit here and cry all night.

Derek Jeter's Louisville Slugger P72 Ash - 1996 WS

A good look at Jeter’s career-long companion, the Louisville Slugger P72 Ash bat, which he used to rack up 5 runs in his first World Series victory vs Atlanta in ’96.  The 22 year old Rookie of the Year hit .361 in the postseason, the Yankees first championship run since 1978.

Derek Jeter Fila Cleats

In ’97, Fila of all companies signed Jeter and outfitted him with some of the ugliest cleats ever made.  Jeter managed to steal 23 bags with ‘em, anyways.  Notice the Franklin Pro Classics, too.

The 90s were the first of three decades that Jeter has crushed life in.  His chances of destroying future decades are still very high.

1998, at his first ASG.  MVP OF THE GREATEST TEAM EVER.  125 wins and 50 losses.  Finished 3rd in the season MVP voting behind Juan Gonzalez and Nomar Garciaparra.  Juan Gonzalez hit 45 bombs and drove in 157 runs.  He was the size of a horse.  Nomar, at 24, hit 35 bombs, and drove in 122 (in 143 games).  He never hit more than 28 homers in a season again.

Some time in August of that season, Jeter steps out of Fila (and the shoes immediately shrivel up and die like in The Wizard of Oz) and into a pair of Nikes.  Earth resumes spinning on its axis.

It would be cool if someone could ID those.

As Michael Jordan says goodbye to the Bulls, he handpicks Jeter to be Jumpman’s torchbearer.  Jeter wears it well, including these first-ever Jordan baseball cleats not worn by Jordan himself, Jeter’s custom Jordan XIVs.

Jeter's Jordan Wristband

He switched out the Rawlings wristband, and you can also see him rocking a simple Benik wrist guard.  Also switched out the Gargoyle F-8 flip-ups, Ken Griffey Jr.’s signature shades that came out in 1997 (thanks Brent for finding those) for Oakleys. Walt Frazier would say that Derek Jeter, by 1999, is officially stylin’ and profilin’. A third ring, for the pinky, while the Yankees finished the season on a 12 game World Series winning streak.

In the year 2000, he poured a drink on his boss.

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Couldn’t help myself on this one.  Jeter holding some kind of primitive telescope or something in his fourth ticker tape parade.

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In 2001, Jeter earns one of his many nicknames, Mr. November, with a walk-off HR off Byung Hyun Kim to tie the World Series at 2 games a piece.  He did it in these Jordans with his “Turn 2″ Foundation embroidered on the heels. Derek Jeter's Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRODJ2

Between 2002 and 2005, Jeter won 3 consecutive Gold Gloves with a Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRODJ2.  Major League coaches voted on it.  They watch all the games.  But he was a terrible fielder, though, because you know, WAR and stuff. Derek Jeter Jordan Batting Gloves - 2006

A freshhhh pair of Jordan BGs from his 2006 season, in which Jeter finished second in the MVP vote, behind a big season from Justin Morneau.  Morneau’s teammate from the Twins took the batting title, beating Jeter out .347 to .343.

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These are Jeter’s 2009 Jordans.  He broke Lou Gehrig’s All-Time Yankee hit record with his 2,722nd hit in these, then topped off his World Series resume with a .407 batting average, and a fist-full of rings.

Derek Jeter DJ3K Cleats

For his 3000th hit game he wore these special Jeter Cut DJ3K cleats.  In that game he hit a game tying home run off David Price for 3000 and finished the game 5 for 5, with the game-winning RBI.

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He also wore these Jordan Team BGs, some of my favorites ever.

Derek Jeter Jordan Lux Cleats - 2014

For tonight’s walk-off in his final home game, Jeter wore these gorgeous Jordan Jeter Lux cleats. To see Jeter’s current (and final) profile, check it out here. Thank you, Derek.  If there was one guy that I wish could play forever, it would be you.

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