When the New York Yankees drafted a teenager from Kalamazoo, Michigan, with the sixth overall pick in the 1992 first year player draft, many knew he was going to be good, but how good? Turns out the Yankees made a smart pick over two decades ago.
Fast forward to May 14, 2017, Derek Jeter enshrined as one of the all-time Yankee greats, and one of the best shortstops to ever step on the field.
Growing up a Mets fan, you learn to dislike the Yankees, but a player like Jeter is someone that played the game right and played it right for a long time. From playing little league trying to replicate the Jeter jump throw from shallow left field, he was someone every young ball player wanted to be. He did not have the power, but he always had the passion to play the game. Jeter was the cornerstone of the Yankees dynasty that won three straight World Series from 1998-2000, and a total of five rings in 14 years.
Tagged “The Captain” and “Mr. November”, Jeter is the all time leading Yankee in many categories. The most impressive one being the most games played as a Yankee with 2,747 career games in the Bronx. He also leads the Yankees in career at-bats, hits, doubles, and stolen bases, while being second all-time in runs scored.
His 3,465 career hits is good for sixth all-time. He is one of the most decorated baseball players of all time being awarded five silver slugging awards as well as five gold gloves. He was also the Rookie of the Year in 1996, and was named to 14 all-star games.
Jeter was the player to have his 3,000th career hit be a home run, his last career at-bat was a walkoff, but do we expect anything else from him? No.
One of Jeter’s most memorable moments was in the 2001 ALCS against the “Moneyball” Oakland Athletics. The Flip, taking a throw from the outfield and flipping it to the catcher, virtually saving their season.
Sunday, surrounded by family, friends, and former teammates, Derek Jeter cemented his place in New York Yankee history and one of the best to put on the historic pinstripes.
When asked if he would trade places with anyone, Jeter responded, “There isn’t a person or player I would trade places with, that is playing now or never.”
In 2020, when he is officially eligible for the Hall of Fame, there is no doubt that he will be a first ballet Hall of Famer. He will forever be remembered as #2 for the New York Yankees and the rest of the MLB.
A player that loved the game of baseball, a leader, and most of all a legend, Derek Jeter.