3 out of 4 doctors agree: Reyes is better than Jeter

The Daily News conducted an admittedly unscientific poll of 15 baseball experts (9 executives and 6 scouts) and found that a slight majority would rather have Reyes on their team this year than our beloved captain.

Reyes got eight votes; Jeter got five. Two other executives
interviewed, including (Kenny) Williams, couldn’t choose and most who were
asked said they’d be happy to have either.

The responders were asked to disregard salary and age when considering who’d they rather have playing for their teams.

Perhaps, this is blasphemy for a Yanks fan to even think, but if we’re talking in purely baseball terms, at this point I think Reyes has surpassed Jeter as a player. In fact, I think Reyes has surpassed almost every position player in baseball this year. If he’s not the best player this season, he’s one of the top three. So, in my view, it’s not an insult to Jeter (who is again having a great season) to vote for Reyes here.

Honestly, right now there’s a reasonable argument that Hanley Ramirez is close to surpassing Jeter. Again, that’s no insult. It just says a lot about how good the ex-Sox farmhand is. Just look up the VORP totals. That guy is crazy good.

Look, before anyone questions my Jeter-loyalty credentials, you should know that I believe he was the most valuable player in the AL last year. There’s no doubt in my mind that he was robbed–an irony considering how many in the blogosphere repeatedly call him overrated.

Let’s now talk purely in non-baseball terms (or is it non-pure baseball terms?). He’s been on world championship teams. He’s got a swagger about him that inspires confidence, and more than any other positional player, he has been the face of those great teams. He’s been a fun player to watch all these years, and on the field he’s seemed and looked like a leader. If I were forced to choose any player to lead my favorite team this year, it would be him…and that’s why my fantasy teams usually suck and I’ll never have a job in a league front office.

14 comments… add one
  • come on nick….you know jj hardy is the new freddy sanchez.

    sf rod May 18, 2007, 2:05 pm
  • Jeter needs to use that swagger with his team right now and inspire some confidence. Obviously teams in slumps look more depressing in the dugout, but there is no fire at all in that team right now.
    Of course, this works to my favor, so I’m fine with it, but seriously…

    LocklandSF May 18, 2007, 2:41 pm
  • Jose Reyes is having a great year so far. His hamstring has already started acting up…these things have a way of working out. A few years ago Rocco Baldelli was the next greatest outfielder since Joe Dimaggio and Todd Hollandsworth was batting .350+ for half the season…
    Other lesser known predictions:
    Kevin Darnell Mitchell, Jesse Lee Barfield and Albert Jojuan Belle were all going straight to Cooperstown with 500+ homeruns.
    Brady Kevin Anderson had turned the corner and was going to become the most powerful leadoff hitter in MLB history.
    Vince Coleman might take steals from Ricky Henderson, who was at the “end of his career.”I know the Yankees have seen better days and that Jose Reyes is super duper great in a league that has 3Bs as a category…but let’s keep it together.

    walein May 18, 2007, 2:52 pm
  • To be fair, Albert Belle did have a fine career, and though he didn’t hit 500 home runs, there’s a good argument that he belongs in the Hall of Fame. Also, I remember more people being perplexed at Brady Anderson’s meteoric rise than willing to make any grand predictions about what it meant for his future.
    The point being that Jose Reyes is unlike Brady Anderson in that he actually seems like the real deal, and if he comes as close to living up to his hype as Belle did, he’s going to be in mighty fine shape indeed. Otherwise, we can play that game all day long. “Player X could be good, but it’s way too soon/injuries might come up/what if this is a fluke?” Based on their play over comparable periods of time, Reyes is better than Jeter.
    Just like Nomar was before him ;-). Hehee.

    Paul SF May 18, 2007, 3:09 pm
  • to give context to walein’s comments, he and I are in a fantasy league with triples as a category. Reyes is by the far the most valuable player in it. That said, I’m not basing my view on the league’s stats. I just think that Reyes’s game is constantly improving to the point where he’s become an elite and dominant force. His improvement and performance has been over a long enough period that I’m a believer. Watching him play only solidifies that view. The stats are already there.

    Nick-YF May 18, 2007, 3:28 pm
  • also, don’t look now, but Hanley Ramirez might leapfrog Reyes in the next couple of years.

    Nick-YF May 18, 2007, 3:29 pm
  • good thing Beckett will have a Cy Young in his pocket this year to even that out a bit, huh Nick:)

    Regular_Brad May 18, 2007, 3:59 pm
  • “Player X could be good, but it’s way too soon/injuries might come up/…”
    The hamstring problems are too recent not to be a legit worry at this point. While I think Reyes is an amazing player, I’ll take Jeter based on his durability.
    (and no, I’m not tempting fate – I hope :)

    Andrews May 18, 2007, 4:03 pm
  • “good thing Beckett will have a Cy Young in his pocket this year”
    You can win the cy when you spend the last 120 games on the dl? :)

    Andrews May 18, 2007, 4:04 pm
  • Beckett can only pitch this way at the cost of all the skin on his fingers tearing off;)
    time for some more crow…

    Nick-YF May 18, 2007, 4:05 pm
  • to clarify: I’m the one still eating the crow obviously.

    Nick-YF May 18, 2007, 4:06 pm
  • jeez. Guy gets a freaking cut on his finger, and all the sudden he’s going to spend the next 120 games hurt? He did, afterall, go more than eleven weeks without any kind problem before he hit this tiny bump.
    I think it’ll be okay..
    And, yes you are, Nick.

    Regular_Brad May 18, 2007, 4:33 pm
  • also, to clarify, I know both of you are joking and are scared to death that this first seven weeks of the season could very well be what we’ve all been waiting on.:)

    Regular_Brad May 18, 2007, 4:34 pm
  • Are we talking about the same Jose Reyes who hit .273/.300/.386 two years ago?
    C’mon, I’d say Reyes needs to put up at least two or three more years like the one he had last year for someone to even suggest that he’s the better player.
    Also, consider the fact that this year his BABIP is .377, compared to last year when it was .320.
    Reyes and Ramirez are two fantastic young players, but they haven’t done enough for me to take them over Jeter yet. Also, they’re both putting up their numbers in the NL.

    Jordan Meisner May 18, 2007, 7:41 pm

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