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Derek Jeter, Yankee Hits King

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Congratulations, Jeet.

I haven’t posted anything about the Yankees in a few weeks, I know. That’s honestly because I’ve seldom had the opportunity to watch a game in it’s entirety. Work has taken up large chunks of my day and I would be remiss to talk about games I haven’t watched! It simply ain’t allowed. *finishes chiseling ‘Yankees-Fan 10 Commandments’ tablet*

Anyway, I did want to briefly talk about El Capitan of the New York Yankees, Derek Jeter. Last night he broke Wilt Chamberlain’s Lou Gehrig’s team record for most career hits, catipulting to the top of a list of Yankee legends. After Gehrig, there’s Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Bernie Williams, and Yogi Berra. Jeter now sits atop a list, and that raises an interesting question: What’s Jeter’s place in Yankee history? Baseball history?

If I absolutely had to answer that question, he’s a top 3 or 4 shortstop in baseball history. I have no idea how to rank him as a Yankee. But in my opinion, this is an unfair question, largely because it’s an attempt to compare Derek Jeter with players from a different generation. Why can’t we just assess Jeter’s body of work at face value? Why must we see how it stacks up against players who played 6 decades before him? He’s earned his place among the greats and that should be enough. Constructing an arbitrary ranking is silly.

Four time champion. All Star and World Series MVP. Most hits all time for a shortstop. Most hits as a Yankee. He’ll have the Yankee steals record, currently held by Ricky Henderson, soon enough. He’ll also have well over 3,000 hits before it’s all said and done.

His place in history? He’s an all-time great, Hall of Famer. What do you think?


Written by PJ

September 12, 2009 at 3:44 pm

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