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Jeter's poor play hurting Yankees

Posted on: April 22, 2011 7:37 pm
Edited on: April 23, 2011 3:49 am
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By Evan Brunell

JeterWhat to do with Derek Jeter?

The storied Yankees captain is fresh off signing a three-year, $51 million deal off of what was a career-worst season... at least, it was his career-worst. Now, though? 2011 has a real chance to supplant 2010 as yet another indication of the 36-year-old's decline.

Last year, Jeter hit .270/.340/.370 in 739 plate appearances, numbers he'd love to have right now as he is working on a .219/.282/.234 line. Yes, it's still too early make sweeping pronouncements on his 2011 season -- his 17th in the majors -- but once you factor in his numbers with last season's, some stark trends emerge.

With 2010 and 2011 numbers included, Jeter is hitting .265/.335/.358, which puts him 21st in the majors in that time span when sorted by worst slugging percentage. But of those who rank below Jeter, several don't deserve the ignominy as much of their value is tied up in other aspects and are working on far cheaper contracts. When you put the whole package together of poor defense, offense and a bloated contract, Jeter could very well be the worst starting player in the game. And that's important, as he's received the fourth most plate appearances between 2010-11, with only three other players topping that mark. For one of the worst hitters in the game to receive such a major number of plate appearances means New York is throwing away valuable production at the top of the order.

It would be one thing if he was down at the bottom of the order, but no -- Jeter's stature commands him to bat leadoff or No. 2. That type of responsibility is simply not within Jeter's parameters anymore. He's grounded into three double plays so far, which is a ways away from Albert Pujols' leading eight GDPs, but is tied for fifth in baseball. Last season, Jeter was ninth in baseball with 22 double plays -- but is the only player in the top 10 to regularly bat at the top of the lineup where he induced plenty of rally-killing DPs.

And those three DPs could spike past Jeter's 22 in 2010 if he can't reverse his troubling groundball trends. Jeter is currently hitting 72.9 percent of all batted balls for grounders, which is a high number and speaks to the loss of power the veteran shortstop has experienced. While he should eventually improve once the weather warms up, it's still a notable percentage given last year's mark of 65.7 percent. His career mark, meanwhile, is 57.2 percent. His groundball-to-flyball ratio is at a career-high 5.38 after his previous career-high of 3.60 in 2010, both of which were the highest marks in baseball. Again, more indications that Jeter's bat has massively slipped. Yes, it's still too early to make any sweeping pronouncements based on his 2011 numbers, but once you add in last year, a clear trend is emerging.

If Jeter can't turn things around and approximate the Jeter of his heyday, he'll be batting eighth shortly.

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Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:46 pm
 

Jeter's poor play hurting Yankees

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Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: August 23, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Jeter's poor play hurting Yankees

WHATS UP NOW HATERS?????



Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2011 3:49 pm
 

Jeter's poor play hurting Yankees

In all fairness, HELMET36, it was a group choke in a group sport.  Jeter was only one of quite a few who gagged on it.  It is not fair to blame him alone.



Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Jeter's poor play hurting Yankees

Reading some of the comments, I came to realize that Yankee fans have become just like Red Sox fans, to whom they consider themselves so superior.  It used to be that Sawx fans worked the Yankees into every discussion, because their existence centered around beating the Yankees rather than beating everyone in general.  The Yankees, on the other hand, talked about beating everyone.

Now it's different.  Since 2004 and 2007, Yankee fans work the Red Sox into every discussion, kind of like how Peter Gammons referred everything back to the Sox (even when the subject was strictly NL). 

This is an article about Derek Jeter, once the best SS in the game (or 1A, with that guy who used to be with Seattle, then Texas).  You know, that aging Pretty Boy with a range at SS of two feet, his right and his left.  The one making ridiculous millions.  The one for whom the Yankees have made no backup plan, lest they offend His Prettiness.  The one whose impassive not-as-pretty-as-it-used-to-be face is the default position for all Fox and ESPN games.  THE ARTICLE IS ABOUT JETER'S DECLINE AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BOSTON.

Read the article again, Yankee fans.  It isn't about Boston's problems at catcher or any other position.  It's about Jeter and the Yankees.  I realize that as Yankee fans, most of you live in a world of delusion and bragging about championships won before the JFK Administration, but please, stick to the subject.

That said--I think the article is premature and that Jeter's numbers will improve.  However, it's clear that even after Cashman faced down Jeter and his representatives, the Yankees overpaid badly, not that there was really a choice.  All that "Captain Intangibles" malarkey aside, to pay that much for production like last year's, which is about the best they can expect going forward, is something only the Yankees can really afford.



Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2011 12:07 pm
 

Jeter's poor play hurting Yankees

Jeter could very well be the worst starting player in the game
Brunell's comment is profound and quite possibly correct. The author is being gun-shy tho ins saying it's too soon to know for sure.  Given Jeter's high game and plate appearances we now have a very solid year and a half record to see that his decline has been rapid and devastating.

Even if all his numbers improve by 40 points later in the Year he will still no longer be an asset in the Yankee infield.

Sadly, this also bodes ill for New York in future. The team is loaded with legends whom will also demand top-dollar at the end of their careers. Remember this winter when Jeter wanted even more?  So far he's costing the Yankees $1 million per hit.

It will be hard for Brian Cashman to say no the other aging stars to come, which will hurt the club's ability to buy players and find roster space for prospects and trades for years to come.  These legends are untradeable, overpriced and will hurt New York over the next five years. We admire their great careers, but now we will pay a price.





Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: April 24, 2011 5:34 am
 

Jeter's poor play hurting Yankees

Geez.. how many more articles scrutinizing Jeter do we have to suffer through??

It's frikkin obvious Jeter's best days are behind him... that's a given for ANYBODY at 36 years old.

Are there no other baseball stories to write about? It was all we heard all off seaon and now after a slow start it's all we're hearing again. The media sure gave the ENTIRE Red Sox a pass for the first 12 games.




Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2011 4:00 am
 

Jeter's poor play hurting Yankees

The Yankees owe much if not all of their recent success to Jeter.  He should be allowed to play as long as he wants to.  The Yankee fan understands this and doesn't understand why no one else does.  As long as Jeter can draw breath, he should be a starting Yankee.  Three years $51 million?  A pittance of thanks to one of the best Yankees of all time.  He deserves better.  At the very least a five or six years contract which pays him among the three top earning shortstops in the game is only a fair reward for five championships and seven WS appearances.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2011 2:48 am
 

Jeter's poor play hurting Yankees

if the yanks have to take it on the chin this year big deal.  do you know any player who has been any better for 17 years? 



Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: April 24, 2011 12:32 am
 

Jeter's poor play hurting Yankees

So the Yanks should have let Jeter go and watch him hit his 3,000th somewhwere else? That makes lots of sense. Jeter is a lifetime Yankee and will retire as such. The guy is a 1st ballot Hall of Famer and has an impeccable image that still makes money for his team. Any of those on the RedSux???? Who - Manny - No - Papi --No -- , Answer - NONE.

Sour grapes-- What a pity.

Another example of a joker poster with no knowledge of baseball. We are talking about the NY Yankees here, not some second rate club like the Muts and RedSux.

Overrated??? Name a shortstop in the modern era with a better career?????




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