Goodbye Derek Jeter

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Derek Jeter Derek Jeter (Jim McIsaac/Getty)

Yankee legend Derek Jeter announced yesterday that this will be his last season. George Vecsey of The New York Times discusses his career and what's to come for the post-Jeter Yankees. We take your calls and tributes to the shortstop and captain. Call 212-433-9692 or post your comment below.


George Vecsey

Comments [5]


Ms. "fill in" host- can you please drop the poms-poms, and spare us the Jeter hagiography ? "class act",is such a vacuous "full of nothing" sport talk phrase. please be more discerning,here!

Feb. 14 2014 07:13 AM

To the notion that Jeter was an average shortstop, I would ask how many RUNS did the other shortstops allow because of mental errors Jeter never made, and how many runs did Jeter save by making heads up plays others don't make (ask that question to Jason Giambi), and how many runs he saved by making the other players around him better, or by settling down a pitcher in a crucial situation. Ask the major league players, managers, and coaches who've been in baseball the past 20 years who they'd want as their franchise shortstop, and see if they consider Jeter average.

Feb. 13 2014 03:44 PM
Mike Humphreys

I am the author of the Oxford University Press book, Wizardry: Baseball's All-Time Greatest Fielders Revealed (2011), and the developer of the first published open-source statistical model of baseball defense, including fielding, called Defensive Regression Analysis (DRA).

Wizardry was called the baseball "book of the season" by The Wall Street Journal.

Based on versions of DRA updated since the publication of Wizardry and research of other baseball analysts, over the course of his career, as a *fielder* Derek Jeter probably *allowed* at least 400, and probably closer to 500, singles that an average-fielding shortstop would have caught.

If you converted 500 of Jeter's singles as a *batter* into outs, he would have a lifetime batting average of about .270. He would also have about an average on-base percentage and slightly below average slugging percentage.

In other words, Jeter has been basically as valuable as an average-fielding shortstop with a lifetime .270 batting average with slightly below-average power and ability to draw walks. Now shortstops are usually far below average hitters, so Jeter was still a good player. But he was nowhere near as good as everybody thinks.

Feb. 13 2014 11:44 AM
John A.

Great example of being a man. Much appreciated.

Feb. 13 2014 11:42 AM
victor sanchez from Morningside Heights.

A great player but I am disappointed that he was largely quiet on just about every important social issue that happened in this city in the past 20 years.

Yankees beat up on the South Bronx and its residents - Derek stays quiet. yankees hold a gun to the city's head to build a stadium and he said nothing.

No Drama Derek but the residents who live across the street from the condo on 161st street and River Avenue could have used a friend anytime the yankees dissed the residents and the neighborhood he worked in.

Feb. 13 2014 11:21 AM

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