The thing that annoys us about the Roger Clemens comeback story isn't that it's possible he could return to the majors; it's that everyone involved in the story answers questions in a way that invites people to speculate. Clemens, his agent, the Astros — none of them explicitly say that it's possible he'll try to make it back to the big leagues, but they leave the door open just enough so other people say it for them. Clemens is hardly the first athlete to answer questions in this way, and so it's refreshing when one answers a question in no uncertain terms, even if it's a question no one was really begging for an answer to. And so here, now, is Derek Jeter's answer to a CSN Chicago reporter's question about whether or not he's considered managing when his playing career was over:
No chance. No chance. Nada. Zero. No, not a chance.
We'll point out that in that same article, White Sox manager Robin Ventura tries to leave the door open on Jeter's behalf: "I don’t know. I’m sure he’s probably saying no right now but you never know." But Jeter's position on the matter is pretty clear, and should save us all from some ESPN shouting matches and speculative tabloid columns a few years from now.