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Concern over Derek Jeter increasing

Posted on: May 3, 2011 3:02 pm


By Evan Brunell

Derek Jeter's start to the season is painful, there's no question about it.

The Yankee captain is a shell of his former self, hitting just .250/.313/.270 with no pop in his bat. He's hitting over 72 percent of his batted balls for groundballs, which is no way to perform unless you're Ichiro Suzuki.

As the days wind on, fans are becoming more and more concerned with Jeter's play, and the "lunatic fringe," as the New York Daily News' Bob Raissman puts it, contending that it's time to trade Jeter. (And who in their right mind would want to acquire Jeter?). Even the media is getting in on the concerns -- well, unless you're Michael Kay or Susyn Waldman, but speaking of lunatic the fringe...

A former Yankee who knows a little bit about growing old in pinstripes tried to explain what's wrong with Jeter.

"It does become frustrating for a player when every day you hear about your age and that you're slowing down," O'Neill said Saturday. "You start getting it in the back of your mind and you're trying to prove people wrong instead of just going out and playing."

Media and fan pressure doesn't help, but is it truly completely responsible for Jeter's struggles. Not so much. What they can do is compound struggles and be used as a source of blame. For example, say Jeter continues struggling and is dropped to No. 8 in the lineup (why has this not happened yet?), he could easily choose to take out his frustrations on the media and refuse to speak to reporters for debating Jeter's offense. It doesn't mean it will happen, but it's easily envisioned.

Is it hard to imagine Jeter bursting out in a fit of negativity and blaming the media? Yes, it is, but it was just as hard to imagine that two years ago with David Ortiz, who shrunk from all the pressure and cracked several times, turning from the happy-go-lucky slugger he once was to a moody DH avoiding reporters. Even now, he's not the same.

If Jeter continues to struggle, the media limelight will ratchet up to levels he's never experienced before, and it will all be negative. This is a man who is nearing 3,000 hits and has a three-year, $51 million deal in his pocket, but all that means nothing if he's not producing on the field. Add in fan and media pressure and it's a lot to work through. For now, Jeter is staying resolute as he told YES' Jack Curry Sunday that he does not believe he is struggling.

Despite Jeter's poor start off a concerning 2010, it's not time to write him off. The previously mentioned Ortiz is proof of that, but unless things click soon, he may not be able to avoid the fact he's struggling. No one else is.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:45 pm

Concern over Derek Jeter increasing

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Concern over Derek Jeter increasing

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: May 3, 2011 7:33 pm

Concern over Derek Jeter increasing

I made you a favorite of mine last year and what you are saying here is exactly why you are one of the 10-20 percent of the posters who get what sports is really about.  You are 100 percent correct with your post.

Thank you sir !   I think you'll agree it's easy to see.... everything in pro sports and especially MLB is all about the money.  People were shocked when Jeter started the negotiations asking for 30 million dollars per season... I wasn't shocked at all.   It's all business... nothing else.
Oh,,, to the guy in the other thread that said what happens if the NYY miss the playoffs and lose out on 10 million dollars in profits because of Jeter?   Not really a valid question because one, they probably will make the playoffs and two even if they don't it won't be because of Jeter.... or at least he won't be the sole reason.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2011 4:40 pm

Concern over Derek Jeter increasing

Redwings 1969.

I made you a favorite of mine last year and what you are saying here is exactly why you are one of the 10-20 percent of the posters who get what sports is really about.  You are 100 percent correct with your post.
I remember last year when Stephen Strasburg made his first start for the Nats, that little 15 million signing bonus he got paled in comparision to estimated 100-125 million they made on that day alone. It is all about money and nothing else.

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2011 4:22 pm

Concern over Derek Jeter increasing

So going off of your theory, what do they do with Jeter if they miss the playoffs and lose all of that income that a playoff appearance brings?  Is he still worth the $17 million if he loses the team $10 million because of his play?  I have said it since they signed A-Rod that they moved the wrong guy to 3rd base.  When they signed A-Rod he was statistically one of the best shortstops in the league and even then Jeter was ranked as one of the worst and it has only gotten worse since then.  Very similar to Ichiro in Seattle you can argue that just by showing up he brings a lot of of money to the club but at what point is that value offset by their performance on the field?  Ichiro has been getting to first base a lot his whole career but if the team doesn't have anybody who can get him home he doesn't really have any value.  The same could be said about Jeter who's defense is downright terrible and definitely not major league quality at this point and if his bat isn't productive and what point do you cut the cord and bring up a younger player or move A-Rod back to short?  It's a very interesting argument and one that doesn't have an easy answer when there is so much sentiment involved.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: May 3, 2011 4:06 pm

Concern over Derek Jeter increasing

Who cares?  Jeter will get better but the Yankees didn't bring Jeter back for his ability anyway, they brought him back for MONEY.....  marketing experts in the pre season estimated the Yankees profit 25 million dollars per season in marketing alone just by having Jeter on their side.  And regardless of how he plays he still sells tickets... and more people watch because he's playing which means more tv money...  the 17 they paid him is probably no more then a 3rd of what the Yankees profit off Jeter, and that's if he doesn't produce at all. People are making it appear like Jeter has to earn his salary by playing well.... in his case he's earning it just by showing up.

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