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Jeter is different player since 3,000th hit

Posted on: September 6, 2011 2:37 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2011 2:38 pm
 
JeterBy Evan Brunell

Since getting his 3,000th hit on July 9, Derek Jeter has been a different man. Skipper Joe Girardi believes that isn't an accident.

"I've said all along, I don't think I realized the pressure he was under to get those 3,000 hits," Girardi said to MLB.com. "Everything in his career, he's always handled with such grace and been able to relax in the big moment. But since he's gotten past [3,000], he's been a different player."

Jeter has hit .354/.404/.477, including his 5-for 5 day that netted hit No. 3,000 after slogging through a down 2010 season and kicking off 2011 with a pedestrian .257/.321/.329 figure. Clearly, though, he's rediscovered his power and has been able to see more balls fall in for hits. While his overall line of .297/.354/.389 pales in comparison to previous numbers, it's still an highly-encouraging bounce-back season for the shortstop, who has two years remaining on his deal.

Jeter said on Sunday that he is staying back at the plate more, which he attributes to his resurgence. I'm sure that's true, but you can't overlook finally getting hit No. 3,000 as another reason why. After the milestone, Jeter admitted that it had been weighing on him more than expected.

Is Jeter as good as his line indicates since July 9? No. Sorry to break it to you, but that Jeter is dead and buried at age 38, just like Jeter wasn't as bad as his line up to July 9 indicated. After all, if the 3,000th hit was to blame for Jeter's struggles, how do you explain 2009? No, let's not turn a hot streak into a sentimental story.

But Jeter can still contribute value with the bat, even at the tender age of 37. No one knows what the next two years will bring, but odds are that Jeter will be able to hold down a starting spot without too much difficulty, even if he isn't the offensive force he once was. But he doesn't need to be.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:37 pm
 

Jeter is different player since 3,000th hit

Mr Brunell...Perhaps I was a bit harsh!!However,My point was that your articles and opinions always seem to exhibit a "BIASED" opinion towards the Yankees!!I cant help but wonder what Jeter must feel when he reads the words "DEAD AND BURIED"!!As is always the case,we will never know!!Derek Jeter has always taken the high road on such matters!!I also find it a little condescending that you suggest only salaried sportswriters have educated opinions and not "biased fans"!!All I was suggesting is that in your article you might  have allowed for the possibility that your "dead and buried"theory has been suggested hundreds of times where Jeter has been concerned and proven to be unfounded!!As of yesterday the man was batting .297...how many other ballplayers can actually say that...and then look at their body of work..I'm not a biased Yankee fan.I'm just a Yankee fan with an educated opinion who was frustrated that yet another person cant acknowledge that maybe they were wrong about the guy!No offense!!



Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:51 am
 

Jeter is different player since 3,000th hit

With all due respect,maybe I was a bit harsh Mr Brunell,however I,being a Yankee fan,have witnessed the personal attacks that Derek Jeter has incurred his entire career!People and fans of other teams despise the fact that this man represents the Yankees because he is a selfless loyal superstar who leaves every ounce of himself on the field every game he plays!And I know he is constantly reminded as a proffesional that critisism is part of the game, I cant help but think how he feels when he reads that the OLD Jeter is DEAD and BURIED!!Knowing, the class act that he is, he would never respond to such a thing..which is why other people do!!I know I probably went a little overboard,but I would have liked to see the you acknowledge in your article that the possibility atleast exists that the OLD Jeter is still amongst us...I just feel like he has earned that atleast!!!



Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2011 10:20 pm
 

Jeter is different player since 3,000th hit

Good For Jeter.  He one of my all time favorite Yankees and I must admit to writing his epitaph as were many others. I hope he continues to have success. and I copntinue to be dead wrong about him.

  I agree wth the writer, He's getting up in age, but can be a contributer as he's a pro's pro and he respects the game and his place in it.  Also, regardless of the way someone like Jeter takes care of himself, age, especially to a professional ballplayer is an enemy. I would love him to see him stay as long as he's productive, and I hope for his sake he knows when to hang them up.  the great ones often don't for Ruth to Mays, they love the spotlight.

  Overall this was a good article, which I have a hard time saying about many contributors on this site.

  Lumpoco, if you have a post you think is pertinent and good dump it into Word and save it there.  Paste it into the post space until you get it.  Your stuff tends to be pretty good, so save it somewhere that if this site goes in the crapper you can re-post, as it often does.    



Since: Aug 6, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 9:51 pm
 

Jeter is different player since 3,000th hit

I have a ton of respect for Jeter (minus the game he was pretending to be Don Baylor last year).    He has been good for NY and baseball overall.  It will be interesting to see if Bruce/Hal/Hank/Whoever keeps him around past 2013.




Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2011 8:01 pm
 

Jeter is different player since 3,000th hit

If Jeter wants to play  till he breaks the hit record  he will as long as he's healthy and productive ,I think he'll retire if he can't produce ....
 



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 6:53 pm
 

Jeter is different player since 3,000th hit

Is Jeter as good as his line indicates since July 9? No. Sorry to break it to you, but that Jeter is dead and buried at age 38

But he's only 37 and won't be 38 until next summer.  Four more productive years and then the Yanks retire him.  He doesn't hang on as Prevariacator Pete did.



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: September 6, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Jeter is different player since 3,000th hit

Also: "those of us who have had the pleasure of seeing this great ballplayer do his thing for 16 years now know,09' was the anomally...not 2011!!!!!!!!!!"

Who is "those of us?" Biased fans? Or baseball writers -- or those who have been in the game for years -- or unbiased observers?

I know which category I'm going to believe more. Hint: It's the same thing I believe.

My favorite thing is when people start throwing out ad hominem attacks, insulting people (me) for giving an educated opinion, and yet a biased fan will accused ME of being biased!

As is always the case... look in the mirror.



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: September 6, 2011 5:51 pm
 

Jeter is different player since 3,000th hit

Uh, what do I have to do with scores? I have no idea how it even works. Conspiracy theory?

And why do you think I hate Jeter just because I think he's done? I don't. I think it would be great for him to get 4,000 hits or more. I just don't think he will. I'm allowed to say that.

Quit the personal attacks.


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