A group that tracks every ball hit in the majors says Derek Jeter is the worst fielder in baseball. Stats guru Bill James, author of the "Baseball Abstract," and a panel of nine other voters, ranked Jeter 22nd among all major-league shortstops, with one calling Jeter "the least effective defensive player in the major leagues, at any position." Jeter received one 10th-place vote in balloting for the 2008 Fielding Bible Awards, announced yesterday. One panel member comes from Baseball Info Solutions (BIS), a group that ... well, just say they do their research. "They watched film of every major-league game, and had recorded every ball off the bat by the direction in which it was hit [the vector], the type of hit [groundball, flyball, line-drive, popup, etc.] and by how hard the ball was hit [softly hit, medium, hard hit]," according to James.(New York Post) Comment
Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher saw no problem with waving his hands to the fans after they booed the defense's second-quarter struggles Sunday against the Lions. Urlacher wiggled his fingers in the air as he departed the field at halftime, a gesture interpreted as mocking toward the jeering fans. His actions fueled criticism on talk-radio shows Monday morning, particularly from those displeased with the way the six-time Pro Bowler has played this season. "I was just putting my hands in the air," Urlacher said Monday. "On third down, when the fans are cheering and we throw our arms up for them to scream louder, what's the difference? If I choose to do it when they're booing, there's something wrong with it? "People can think what they want and they will, so that's fine with me." (Chicago Tribune) Comment
The never-ending Stephon Marbury saga may be starting to cause tension within the Knicks' new regime. And the season is only three games old. Knicks president Donnie Walsh hinted Monday that he doesn't completely agree with coach Mike D'Antoni's controversial decision to bench Marbury, who has yet to play this season. Walsh met with D'Antoni and Marbury before and after Monday's practice in Greenburgh regarding the veteran point guard's status and future. Walsh says he wants to resolve the matter but also admitted, "I don't even know if there are issues." (New York Daily News) Comment
Washington Redskins safety Chris Horton, left, tackles Pittsburgh Steelers running back Mewelde Moore during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 3, 2008, in Landover, Md. Pittsburgh won 23-6. (Photo courtesy of AP)
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