Gehrig, Ruth, Jeter

This season has begun awfully for Derek Jeter. Reports have it that he’s playing with an injured shoulder. He’s hitting roughly 30 points below his career average, and a good fifty points below his career OBP. In the field he’s looked even worse than normal, and on the pads he’s made a series of uncharacteristic mistakes. Did he really get old over the winter? The Captain need only look to the rejuvenated performances of the Moose, who won his 9th game last night, and Jason Giambi for a little positive reinforcement. We’re pulling for him. As a reminder of just how great he’s been, and for how long, a third-inning single yesterday gave him his 2,416th career hit as a Yankee, moving him past Mickey Mantle. Only Babe Ruth, (2,518) and Lou Gehrig (2,721) are ahead of him, and it seems almost unthinkable that he won’t catch both before his tenure is over. He’s got a good shot a reaching Ruth this season. We sure hope he gets there.

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  • He will for sure. We are all lucky to have been able to see his career. First ballot hall of famer for sure. Goes on the mantle with all the other greats that need no name…only a number. #2

    krueg June 5, 2008, 11:13 am
  • Problem is: At the current pace, he’ll get 3000 during the 2011 season. But his contract ends in 2010 (making $21 million). Of course the Yankees sign him – but to play where? and at how much for how long? He’s already not a SS. He won’t hit enough to man 1B. And in LF he’d be one of the weakest OF bats in baseball.
    After Damon and Matsui are gone, LF makes a lot of sense. Except, he won’t hit enough to play there for any length of time. But can they sign him for less than three years?

    A YF June 5, 2008, 11:22 am
  • That’s a good point. By 2010 he’ll be even weaker defensively, even if he still hits for average at the plate. As A YF says, he’ll be well below-average for OPS+ for outfielders/1B/DH, so where does he go? 2B would be a good spot for him if not for Cano being there, though if Cano continues the way he has been this season (which I highly doubt) then this won’t be a problem.
    Or does the Yankee organization keep him at SS out of courtesy? The average New Yorker would be furious if Jeter was moved somewhere else.

    Atheose June 5, 2008, 11:31 am
  • I think they move him to LF in 2010. He’s under contract for the last year (he’ll have no choice). Damon and Matsui will be gone. Either someone will be in the system or they’ll have signed someone. And his bat, in LF, is below average but not too far for that position.
    Between now and 2010? Cover your eyes, YFs.

    A YF June 5, 2008, 11:37 am
  • Of course, the Sox could always sign Jeter for their 2011 shortstop, at the rate they go with that position. :)

    A YF June 5, 2008, 11:43 am
  • Hell, 3 years from now he’d still be better than Lugo. I think Steinbrenner would rather pay Jeter twice what he’s making now to stay away from that, though. Think of the uproar (and rightfully so!) in New York!

    Atheose June 5, 2008, 11:53 am
  • I remember one year (the early 2000s, I think) after the regular season, Jeter hit .290-something and a reporter asked him about his “down year” at the plate (looks to be 2002, when he hit .297!!!, though he OPSed .795), he responded with something like, “If that’s a down year, I hope I keep having down years for the rest of my career.”
    Jeter’s so, so far from done. I think he’ll steady himself nicely before the year is over and often at the Sox’ expense, much to my annoyance.

    Devine June 5, 2008, 1:47 pm

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