What Does the Derek Jeter Minka Kelly Strikeout Mean For Baseball?

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According to People.com, baseball's Derek Jeter and actress Minka Kelly have called it quits after three years together. An LA Times Blog points out that the split proves once again there are certain sure bets in sports.

The Yankee and his former actress girlfriend join the likes of  Andy Roddick and Mandy Moore, Alex Rodriguez and Kate Hudson, Halle Berry and David Justice, Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush, Chris Webber and Tyra Banks, Lance Armstrong and Sheryl Crow, Kobe Bryant and Brandy, Madonna and Dennis Rodman, Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson, Eva Longoria and Tony Parker, and Andre Agassi and Brooke Shields.

Last month, when Jeter became the first Yankee to reach 3,000 hits, Kelly was in a luxury suite, clapping and smiling.For those romantics hoping he'd celebrate the milestone with a wedding proposal, this fairy tale has a different ending.

“The split was amicable,” sources report of the 37-year-old Yankees shortstop and 31-year-old actress. “But they remain friends. They still really care for each other.” Of course it was amicable. No one ever gets hurt in these situations.

Ever since Jeter peaced out on his longtime girlfriend, the guy has been on a hitting tear. His average is upwards at .300. In fact he's been hitting .492 since Aug. 11, and in a three-game set with Oakland this week, he went 8-for-14 (.571) with two walks and a triple. He’s hot, he’s in his prime, he’s a superstar and for now, he’s gonna play ball and play the field too.

Playing the field has never hurt Jeter's game before. His past liaisons include Mariah Carey, Miss Universe Lara Dutta, Scarlett Johansson, singer Joy Enriquez, Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Tyra Banks and many others.

Kelly, who appeared in the documentary "Derek Jeter 3K," which premiered on HBO last month and chronicles the player's career, was a favorite in the sports drama "Friday Night Lights." She next stars in the reboot of "Charlie's Angels." No doubt her dance card won't be empty very long either. Kelly has been romantically linked to Chris Evans, Donald Faison, and, of course, John Mayer.

So - it appears after this romantic strike-out, Jeter is a free agent who is going to run the bases with a new partner as he looks to bat .1000. Any other sports metaphors we can add?

@jschonb

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