• The Greatness Of Derek Jeter

    Posted by on August 18th, 2012 · Comments (12)

    Via the Washington Post -

    Willie Mays and [Derek] Jeter are the only players with 3,000 hits, 250 homers, 300 steals and 1,200 RBIs.

    And, via ESPN -

    With his 250th career homer in the fifth inning of Friday night’s 6-4 win over the Red Sox, [Derek] Jeter notched the 16th 10-or-more-homer season of his 17-year career; [Babe] Ruth had 15 as a Yank. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Mickey Mantle holds the franchise record with 18 double-digit homer seasons, while Yogi Berra also has 16.

    According to STATS Inc., Jeter is the fourth player in baseball history to reach 3,000 hits, 300 stolen bases and 250 homers in his career, joining Willie Mays, Rickey Henderson and Craig Biggio.

    And, if I heard it correctly on the MLB Network this morning, Jeter is the fastest one to go 3000/300/250.

    Comments on The Greatness Of Derek Jeter

    1. FakeGeneMichaels
      August 18th, 2012 | 10:37 am

      Who needs intangibles with a RESUME like this? I wonder where he will rank in terms of ALL TIME YANKEE greats when his career is over?. Top 3, 5?.. He has to be top 10 by now I would imagine..

    2. August 18th, 2012 | 11:05 am

      No question he’s in the Top 10.

      There’s Ruth, Gehrig and Mantle. He’s not in their class.

      Then comes DiMaggio and Berra.

      At worst Jeter is #6. But, you could make a case for him being #4 too.

    3. 77yankees
      August 18th, 2012 | 12:32 pm

      IIRC, didn’t the website of a certain four letter network have a poll a year or two ago to rank the top 10 all time Yankees?

      Also, a sidebar trivia question: Who was the last player besides Jeter to start a World Series game at SS for the Yanks?

    4. FakeGeneMichaels
      August 18th, 2012 | 12:59 pm

      77yankees wrote:

      Also, a sidebar trivia question: Who was the last player besides Jeter to start a World Series game at SS for the Yanks?

      Would that be the same player on the Yankee to hit a HR during that World Series too? The unlikely Roy Smally..

    5. Evan3457
      August 18th, 2012 | 7:54 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      No question he’s in the Top 10.
      There’s Ruth, Gehrig and Mantle. He’s not in their class.
      Then comes DiMaggio and Berra.
      At worst Jeter is #6. But, you could make a case for him being #4 too.

      Ruth, Gehrig and Mantle are all over 100 bWAR.
      Dimaggio is at 75. Jeter is just under 69. Yogi is just over 56.

      In my opinion, WAR has it right. Yogi did win 3 MVPs though. But his good years cover 12 years, 13 at the most, and Jeter is at 16 going on 17 seasons. Now, if defense is added in, Yogi might still be ahead of Jeter.

      It’s close, but Jeter is definitely top 6, and might wind up #5.

    6. Evan3457
      August 18th, 2012 | 7:56 pm

      FakeGeneMichaels wrote:

      77yankees wrote:
      Also, a sidebar trivia question: Who was the last player besides Jeter to start a World Series game at SS for the Yanks?
      Would that be the same player on the Yankee to hit a HR during that World Series too? The unlikely Roy Smally..

      Smalley didn’t join the Yanks until 1982.

      The man who started game 6 vs. the Dodgers in 1981?
      Larry Milbourne, believe it or don’t.

    7. 77yankees
      August 18th, 2012 | 9:25 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      The man who started game 6 vs. the Dodgers in 1981?
      Larry Milbourne, believe it or don’t.

      Bingo! The first inclination would be to guess Bucky Dent, but he missed that whole postseason with a broken thumb.

    8. 77yankees
      August 18th, 2012 | 9:28 pm

      FakeGeneMichaels wrote:

      The unlikely Roy Smally..

      Any Yankee fan who complains about Jeter’s defense obviously did not see Roy Smalley in the early 80s – THE worst defensive SS ever.

    9. August 18th, 2012 | 10:15 pm

      Last Yankees player besides Jeter to start a post-season game at SS for the Yankees was Tony Fernandez. Last Yankees player besides Jeter to start a World Series game for the Yankees at SS was Larry Milbourne.

      Last Yankees player besides Jeter to start a post-season game at SS and hit a HR in the game was Phil Linz in the 1964 World Series.

      Last Yankees player besides Jeter to play in a post-season game at SS and hit a HR in the game was Jim Mason in the 1976 World Series.

    10. 77yankees
      August 18th, 2012 | 11:59 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Last Yankees player besides Jeter to play in a post-season game at SS and hit a HR in the game was Jim Mason in the 1976 World Series.

      And Mason was the first player to hit a HR in his only WS at-bat until Geoff Blum did it for the White Sox in 2005.

    11. Raf
      August 19th, 2012 | 10:34 am

      77yankees wrote:

      Any Yankee fan who complains about Jeter’s defense obviously did not see Roy Smalley in the early 80s – THE worst defensive SS ever.

      He had the range of a basset hound. A DH with a glove.

      Man, there were some weirdly constructed teams in the 80′s. To Clyde King’s credit, he did get Doug Drabek for Smalley.

    12. 77yankees
      August 19th, 2012 | 12:40 pm

      @ Raf:

      Was that Drabek trade when nit-wit Hawk Harrelson was White Sox GM?

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