It’s an interesting thought – what if Jeter is SO BAD this season that the Yankees release him at some point during the season? Could that EVER happen? Related, would Jeter retire during the year and beat them to the punch? Of course, this all begs the question: How bad would BAD have to be for this to happen?
Would it have to be an OPS of .542 – like he had last year – or less? Is that the magic number? If so, where is the line in the sand? Is it May 1st? July 4th? August 15th?
Does it matter if the team is winning and in first place? Would that allow a struggling Jeter to hang on? Or, if the team is losing and Jeter is terrible, does that make a decision on his roster spot more urgent?
You tell me.
Lou Piniella and Bobby Murcer, if I recall correctly, didn’t make it through their final season in Yankeeland. And, I know some Hall of Famers – Mike Schmidt comes to mind – hung them up during a season. It does happen, sometimes.