Via Mark Feinsand:
Instead, he plans on playing shortstop through the final three years of his current contract, and on remaining there for however many years he plays beyond 2010.
“That’s the plan,” Jeter said. “I haven’t really thought about how long I’m playing. I take it one year at a time; I don’t sit down and say, ‘Well, I hope I’m playing in two-thousand whatever.’ It’s a tough question, because I haven’t really thought about it much.”
Could Jeter, who has been named to eight American League All-Star teams in his 12 big-league seasons – four as the league’s starting shortstop – ever see himself playing another position?
“Right now?” Jeter said, “No.”
Many scouts believe Jeter would be able to make an easy transition to the outfield, where his speed, strong arm and terrific instincts would make him a natural. Asked about the possibility, Jeter waves off the question before it’s finished.
“I ain’t going out there,” Jeter said. “It’s not as easy as it sounds to just pick up a glove and say, ‘I’m going to be an outfielder today.’ It doesn’t work like that.”
The deadliest of all baseball player sins is that pride which does not allow them to realize that time does not stand still for them.
Jeter will be 35-years old next season. Sure, guys like Omar Vizquel, Ozzie Smith, Larry Bowa and Luis Aparicio played a lot of short after that age. But, they’re the stellar-glove exceptions to the rule. Just about every shortstop needs to turn in his “full time shortstop” ID card when he hits his mid-to-late 30′s. Derek better get hip to this – and soon.