• Derek Jeter – Absence Makes The Heart Forget?

    Posted by on April 26th, 2013 · Comments (9)

    Derek Jeter says he can return to form.

    That’s good.

    But, what if Jeter comes back this year and plays in 70 games and bats .260? And, what if his range in the field is even worse than before his injury?

    Will the Yankees then look at him and think “We survived most of 2013 without him – so, why do we need him in 2014?”

    And, if the team brass takes this approach, and tells Jeter “Thanks, but, no thanks” for next year, how will that impact the relationship between the player and the team? Think Yogi Berra was thick? He’s nothing compared to Jeter. Imagine a world where Derek Jeter ices out the Yankees and boycotts a return to Yankee Stadium because of bad blood over the way his career ended…

    It could happen.

    Comments on Derek Jeter – Absence Makes The Heart Forget?

    1. MJ Recanati
      April 26th, 2013 | 9:38 am

      Each side has to do what is best for its own interests. If the Yankees wish to move on without Jeter in 2014 based on what he shows on the field in 2013 then that’s what they have to do. If Jeter takes it personally and decides to live the rest of his life without acknowledging the Yankees as part of his past, that’s fine.

      Too much is made of this stuff. It’s a business. Eventually these things get resolved. Or they don’t. Not worth losing sleep over.

    2. April 26th, 2013 | 9:48 am

      @ MJ Recanati:
      Just imagine though…
      if there is nasty, bad blood, on the break up.
      And, you know Jeter is going into Cooperstown 5 years after his career is over…
      Can you picture it, if there is a feud, where Jeter goes into Cooperstown and there’s nothing done at Yankee Stadium that year to mark the occasion?

    3. 77yankees
      April 26th, 2013 | 10:03 am

      Look, Brett Favre had about as nasty a breakup with Green Bay with him eventually going to Minnesota, but you see that’s starting to thaw where they’re talking about bringing him back to retire his #4.

      Though, really, if Jeter is really done in this hypothetical, who is going to want him anyway? The Marlins – to sell an extra 50 tickets each night?

    4. April 26th, 2013 | 10:19 am

      77yankees wrote:

      Though, really, if Jeter is really done in this hypothetical, who is going to want him anyway?

      No one. If it happens, he’ll be done as a player – unless he wants to accept a minor league deal or NRI from someone and try and make a comeback in Spring Training. But, given his legacy and money made to date, I don’t see him doing that…

    5. tanzo
      April 26th, 2013 | 11:08 am

      Jeter has a player option for next year, so if he wants to come back, there is nothing the Yankees can do. 2015 is the year where the tough decision needs to be made

    6. April 26th, 2013 | 11:28 am

      @ tanzo:
      Yanks can always say take they money and stay home, no?

    7. MJ Recanati
      April 26th, 2013 | 12:18 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Can you picture it, if there is a feud, where Jeter goes into Cooperstown and there’s nothing done at Yankee Stadium that year to mark the occasion?

      It would be Jeter’s choice to hold a grudge or not. If he wants to have his ass kissed with a well-deserved “Derek Jeter Day” then he needs to give a little too.

      But, as I said, these things have a way of resolving themselves. And if they don’t resolve themselves, again, it’s no big deal. The Yankees didn’t miss Yogi from 1985-1999; the only person that was punished was Yogi himself. It’s just the sad reality that holding grudges often serves no purpose and only punishes the person holding the grudge.

    8. redbug
      April 26th, 2013 | 6:43 pm

      The Yankees and too many of its fans treated Derek Jeter poorly last time his contract came up. I’ve said this before…Derek Jeter will know when he’s done. It’s been our privilege to watch this Yankee great since 1996. Let’s hope we have more years to see him play.

    9. April 27th, 2013 | 12:36 pm

      @ Steve L.:

      A couple of points, I think the over/under for games played at short for Derek in 2013 is 50 not 70. If he comes back in July he’ll probably be rested every few games (maybe DHing instead of playing the field).

      As far as a bad break-up is concerned, the mutual business interests of both parties will override any long term effects. Jeter will be an asset to the Yankee organization in the decades to come and he will be compensated for it. Ribbon cuttings, the banquet circuit, charity events, welcome to “being Derek Jeter 2030″, nice work if you can get it.

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