From the Post -
Former Yankee Tom Gordon claimed Wednesday that present teammate and Philadelphia star Jimmy Rollins is a better player than Derek Jeter. And while the Bombers were tactful – a sign of respect for Rollins – they counter that Jeter’s World Series wins end any comparison between the two.
“They’re both great players, but Jeter has the rings. That’s the end of the conversation,” said third base coach Larry Bowa, who managed Rollins in Philadelphia. “That doesn’t mean he’s better, but Jeter’s been there and done it. Jimmy Rollins is still trying to get there.”
For his part, Jeter said he doesn’t compare players, and hadn’t seen much of the NL star.
“I don’t see him; he’s in the other league,” Jeter said. “He’s having a great year, [but] I don’t really try to gauge one player against another. You have respect for everybody, but I don’t say ‘This guy is better than that guy.’ ”
Gordon – a Yankee in 2004 and last season – had no problem doing that.
“I think J’s better than Jete,” Gordon said. “Every time the team needed something done, Jete did it. I see the same thing from J-Roll. Like with Jeter, the game just comes to him naturally.”
Hmmmm….once in his career, yes, once, Rollins had a season where he had 10+ RCAA. Jeter, on the other hand, has eight seasons to his credit where he’s had 20+ RCAA.
With the glove, yes, J-Roll is head and shoulders above Jeter. There’s no question there.
But, in terms of hitters, Jimmy Rollins is to Derek Jeter as Jason Kendall is to Jim Edmonds. Add “idiot” next to “choker” from now on, when discussing Tom Gordon.