Alex Rodriguez

Though Alex Rodriguez hopes to return from hip surgery sometime after the All-Star break, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman acknowledged in an interview with WFAN on Friday that the veteran third baseman could miss the entire season.

Rodriguez, 37, underwent surgery on his left hip on Jan. 16 and was initially expected to miss approximately six months.

Derek Jeter Update

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter worked out on a baseball field on Monday for the first time since breaking his left ankle in the 2012 American League Championship Series.

The 38-year-old Jeter took 55 ground balls at New York’s Minor League complex in Tampa, Fla. according to a report in The Associated Press, and he also hit in the batting cage.

Jeter told reporters earlier in January that he had been cleared to begin baseball activities no later in the offseason than he normally would. He was out of his walking boot shortly after Christmas and was walking without any visible limp at his annual golf outing on Jan. 16 in Tampa.

Asked whether he’d be able to start on Opening Day, Jeter said, “Why not? I’ve always said I’ll be ready, for a long time. I told you it’s fine now.”

The Yankees open the regular season on April 1 against the Red Sox.

The 13-time All-Star broke his ankle going for a ground ball up the middle in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Tigers on Oct. 13. The Yankees were eventually swept by Detroit, and Jeter had surgery one week later.

By Megan Paisley and Help By Joey Nowak

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Is Derek Jeter Done?

Every athlete, no matter how great, eventually loses their battle against time. Derek Jeter has beaten back mankind’s most determined enemy for a long time, but as he turns 39 in June, we can see the end on the horizon and the only question remains how much more we get to see of Jeter before his retirement and five-year wait for Hall of Fame induction.

After a 2010 season that appeared to herald the beginning of the end, Jeter’s bounced back admirably. From a .270/.340/.370 season, Jeter improved to a .297/.355/.388 line in 2011 and even more admirably, a .316/.362/.429 line last year. He even managed to get into 159 games in 2012, actually tying his career high at the age of 38.

Nearing 40, year-to-year aging among even great players is immense. Every year can lead to that proverbial cliff rather than a gentle slope. It might be easy to look at Jeter’s .316 BA and subsequently knock off five points a year like you might mentally do for a 30-year-old. Yet if all older players aged like that, we’d see more players in the majors pushing 50. And this is before we factor in the broken ankle he suffered in October.

 The likely bet is that Jeter’s stats come down considerably next year. While that’s not a certainty  Jeter’s impressive year ought to disabuse anyone of that notion it’s the smart place to put your money.

 Dan Szymborski and Megan 

Hall of Fame

Somebody who knows exactly what to make of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.  Who knows precisely where to draw the line on Jack Morris and Curt Schilling.  Who knows, specifically, which stars of the ’90s took which PEDs and which of those stars stayed as clean and pure as Bambi and Minnie Mouse.

Players Info:

Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds is the most talented baseball player I’ve seen in my lifetime. He was a Hall of Famer before his BALCO days (three MVPs, seven top-five MVP finishes, eight Gold Gloves, 411 homers, 445 stolen bases, a .966 OPS before 1999). And after 1999, he towered over the game in a way I still have trouble comprehending. A .505 on-base percentage? Over an eight-year period? Like Seriously?

Roger Clemens

There hasn’t been another pitcher like Clemens since I’ve been covering baseball. Seven Cy Youngs. 10 top-three Cy Young finishes. Greatest winning percentage (354-184, .658) of any right-handed starter in the 300 Win Club. Fourth-best ERA-plus (143) of the live-ball era. Four Cy Youngs, five ERA titles and four strikeout titles before Brian McNamee ever came into his life.

Curt Schilling

Schilling finished in the top five in his league in wins above replacement eight times. He owns the best strikeout-walk ratio (4.38 to 1) of any starting pitcher since 1900. It took two historic seasons by the Big Unit (in 2001-02) and another by Johan Santana (in 2004) to keep him from being a three-time Cy Young winner.

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Nominees

The nominees for the 2012 MLB MVP GIBBY are Ryan Braun, Miguel Cabrera, Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey and Mike Trout

The nominees for the 2012 Walk-off of the Year GIBBY include Josh Hamilton, Adam Jones and Chipper Jones

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