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.