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Sunday reading: Derek Jeter, the Mets' manager search, Jim Leyritz and GMs' meetings wrap-up

I wrote about Derek Jeter for today's Newsday, because you can't go wrong taking that path at the moment. 

It's true that Jeter isn't my favorite person I've ever met in covering baseball for 15 years. But he's far from my least favorite person. What drives me somewhat batty about Jeter is the actions not of him, but of those in the yakosphere (copyright Neil Best) who mythologize him as some sort of flawless human being.

He isn't flawless, as I wrote in the column. Perhaps this tension with the Yankees will help bring that message home. Or perhaps the mythologizers will simply shake their fists at the Yankees and wonder why their icon isn't being taken care of to his satisfaction.

Not shockingly, we're entering a further state of tension with these talks, as Jeter's agent Casey Close told The Daily News' Mike Lupica that the Yankees' negotiating strategy is "baffling."

It's "baffling" only if you haven't been paying attention to what's been going on with the Yankees the past few years. Once again: Jeter is the victim of poor timing regarding the Steinbrenner brothers.

--I anticipate we'll find out the new Mets manager today, after Sandy Alderson speaks with his lieutenants one final time. I'd agree with David Lennon's odds: Bob Melvin is the favorite at 9-5, with Terry Collins right behind him at 2-1. Very tough call.

If I were making the call, I'd go with Melvin. He presents a professional face to the public, and he's not going to do anything outrageous. I can't assure the same for Collins.

--Jim Leyritz was acquitted of DUI manslaughter yesterday, a huge development for the former Yankee. From reading the Associated Press story, it sounds like Leyritz had excellent legal representation. The jury did, however, convict him of a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.

In any case, I'd think that Leyritz now has put himself in a position to return to baseball. To Yankees Old-Timers Days and perhaps some broadcast gigs.

--For my Sunday Insider, I provided leftovers from the general managers' and owners' meetings.

--Self-promotion alert: I'll be on "Sports Extra" on Fox 5 in New York tonight at 10:30, talking baseball with Duke Castiglione.

--Have a great day. No post tomorrow, as I'll be on vacation for the bulk of the week.


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