Jeter’s Contract for 2012-2014
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Jeter will go down as the greatest SS the Yankees have ever had and I, for one, find no fault with that assessment of his talents. There are very few players with his baseball instincts or hitting talent. He has a classic inside out swing that lets’ him get away with stuff most players can’t. I will not critique his defense, until lately it has been more then adequate but, never great. He has a fine arm and glove, turns a DP as well if not better then most SS but, has always had trouble going to his left. Is that enough to call him a bad SS…no way! Almost every player has a weakness in their game, if they didn’t they would be a cross between Jeter and Ozzie Smith, now wouldn’t they.
If Jeter is hitting as I project him to do in 2012-13-14 I can’t see him as a DH at all. Dh is for a good bat with some power, if Jeter is around .260 with almost no power what good is he at DH or SS for that matter when we have a player that could do the job. Some have suggested his moving to the OF, in place of whom…Brett, Curtis or Swisher not likely, as it is, all three of them are better for the team then is Jeter (as an OF’er). Jeter will be the weak link in the line-up, both defensively and offensively. All of his records are Yankee Records, 3,088 hits makes him one of 28 players to have over 3,000 hits…not one of 5 or less! Jeters game is his bat not his defense or lack thereof.
Put both of these pro and con writings together and one may come to the same conclusion I have; Jeter will make it into the HOF but, no way on the first ballot. I have been trying to point out the difference between what he was to what he is now…ok, he had a good 2nd half but, the team needs a steady hand and bat from him. If he hits .040+/- below his norm, he is a detriment to the team. I would like to see Jeter have a year like his 2nd half last year but, don’t hold your breath. May I be wrong about this, as I would much prefer he go out on top not on the bottom, as so many others have because, they stayed to long.