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Derek Jeter ignores Skip Bayless' steroids insinuations

Derek Jeter smiles before hitting the first pitch

Derek Jeter smiles before hitting the first pitch of the game for a home run against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. (Aug. 21, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

CHICAGO — Derek Jeter responded with a smile to the insinuation from the co-host of a debate show on ESPN2 that his standout season might be thanks to something other than seeing the ball well.

During Wednesday morning’s edition of “First Take,” co-host Skip Bayless stated he was “shocked” by the season Jeter is having. He added later: “You would have to have your head in the sand or your head somewhere else to not at least wonder, ‘How is he doing this?’”

Jeter, who came into Wednesday night leading the majors in hits (168) and hitting .324, shrugged.

“I’m not getting involved in this, man,” he said. “But I guess you can say whatever you want to say now with no repercussions.”

It would come out later in the day that former Yankee Bartolo Colon was hit with a 50-game suspension for testing positive for testosterone and within a week of Melky Cabrera getting caught.

“That’s the unfortunate thing,” Jeter said. “Anytime things come to light with guys doing things, now you have everybody questioning everything. That’s the unfortunate thing.”

Jeter paused.

“Maybe Skip should be tested,” he smiled.

Tags: Derek Jeter , Skip Bayless , Yankees , steroids , baseball , Bartolo Colon

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