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Vintage Jeter returns on Mother's Day

Posted on: May 8, 2011 5:44 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2011 1:03 am
 
By Matt Snyder

One of the most exhaustively covered storylines of the 2011 season to this point is how Derek Jeter is not a good player anymore. He's too old, his bat is too slow, he can't play defense, he's not even fast anymore, etc. We get it.

Sunday, all the naysayers had to sit back and keep quiet -- if only for a day.

Early in the game, Jeter collected his first stolen base of the season. In the fifth inning, he connected on a home run -- his first in 259 at-bats. Since that seemed like far too long a drought, he went ahead and hit another bomb his next plate appearance. He finished the day 4-6 with two runs and three RBI. Throw in the steal and pair of homers and there wasn't much more he could have done to help the Yankees win -- which they did, 12-5.

Like I said, it was vintage Jeter.

He's actually been providing decent production the past few weeks, not that any of his detractors would admit it. Entering Sunday -- which we'll exclude because the numbers would be greatly skewed by the huge game -- Jeter was hitting .302 with a .356 on-base percentage in his past 13 games. Those are hardly the numbers of a worthless player.

Look, I understand why there's been so much Internet ink used on Jeter this season. He's polarizing. The stats-only crew thinks he's abominably overrated while the gut-feeling crew think he does things you can't measure in stats -- so now that he's starting his decline, the stats-only crew feels the need to constantly tell you why he's not very good. It's like they're finally getting through to the masses, so it's an overreaction.

Additionally, Jeter plays for the most polarizing team. He's still paid like a superstar, and he's getting closer to the hallowed 3,000-hit mark. So it makes sense that his demise has been greatly covered.

It's also very true that one game doesn't change the fact that he's definitely on the downturn of his career. I won't dispute he is entering his twilight years, because he is. He turns 37 this year, so it's only natural he's in decline.

It's just that he doesn't suck, either. A bad few weeks to start the season doesn't prove he's cooked any more than a four-hit, two home run game proves he's back to his old self. As with most arguments in life, the answer lies somewhere in the middle.

On Sunday, though, Jeter partied like it was 1999.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Vintage Jeter returns on Mother's Day

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Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2011 12:01 am
 

Jeter still clutch

Finally someone wants to stop the Jeter beating. But Matt, this was tepid at best. Derek Jeter is the most respeced baseball player in the world. Most of that is for what he has accomplished but he is still a formidable player who understands the game and plays to win. Derek Jeter has five rings. Derek Jeter is still the only player in MLB history to win All-Star Game MVP and World Series MVP in the same year, He has been selected to the All-Star Game 11 times, won the silver slugger 4 times and the golden glove 5 times.

But someone will ask: What has he done lately? Glad you asked:

--SS heated up on the Yankees' trip, batting .393 with two home runs and a double in 28 at-bats, hitting safely in all six games. Jeter will try to carry that momentum into the homestand, although he's had limited success at Yankee Stadium this season, batting only .242 with one extra-base hit in 17 games.
Plenty of other players start out the season slowly. For those over 30 the warmer weather lostens up the joints and the overall play improves. Derek has started to find his groove. Through today he is hitting .283. The silly claims that Derek is hurting the Yankees batting leadoff and playing shortstop are being proven unfounded.

Even more puzzling is the claim that Derek does not live up to his contract. What? Says who? Derek Jeter earns far more dollars for the Yankees than any other player in baseball. Every year the Yankees lead MLB in paid attendance, Every year they lead the league in total revenue. Many of those sold tickets are to out-of-towners - making the pilgrimage to mecca. And it is Derek Jeter they come to see first. Add to that the terrific work Derek and his sister put into the local NYC community and Derek far more than earns his salary. And besides - who cares. If you are fortunate enough to see a Yankee's ballgame this year are you hoping Derek will be playing? You better for this future first-ballot Hall of Famer will leave you with a special lasting memory.



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2011 10:23 am
 

Vintage Jeter returns on Mother's Day

so sick of hearing about guys who have a few good years being so much better.  yeah maybe right now in this one year they are better in a regular season game.... but duh jeter is like 38 or something and wen as the last time you saw him muff something with the game on the line...

come on he's not gonna hit 350 with a 420 obp for ever and get to every ball.  he getting slower so what, so am i.  i'm 33 and i cant even thow a football 25 yards anymore my shoulder is so done from playing 4 years of college sports let alone pro sports for almost 20 years.  elvus andrus ppl can talk to me in 10 years when/if he lasts that long.  (see the countless nomar garciaparra is better threads from 10 years ago)  

everyone has a SS better then jeter, but funny thing is every few years they all have a new SS who is suppossed to be better, the only consistent thing is that its jeter who they are compared to.  from nomar to tejada on roids  to jose reyes to elvis andrus yeah blah blah blah.  a few years of hitting 300 when you in your 20's doesnt make you gold.   15 years of hitting 300 with 5 WS rings and making outstanding heads up plays countless time in the playoffs makes you gold. 



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Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: May 8, 2011 10:01 pm
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Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2011 8:02 pm
 

Vintage Jeter returns on Mother's Day

I'm a Jeter guy, so I'm happy for him today. But today does not erase the endless ab's that result in ground ball outs ot the ridiculous number of infield hits he has this year. The guys career is on the brink and I'd bet he knows it deep down. But he was and is a champion and one of the best players of his generation.


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