• Past A Lingering Old Jeter?

    Posted by on February 17th, 2014 · Comments (10)

    Jerry Green writes: Yankees’ Derek Jeter perhaps lingered around longer than his diminishing skills allowed.

    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.

    Comments on Past A Lingering Old Jeter?

    1. February 17th, 2014 | 9:08 pm

      Oh, c’mon now. There is ZERO chance of this happening. None. Zip. Nada.

    2. February 18th, 2014 | 12:11 am

      lisaswan wrote:

      Oh, c’mon now. There is ZERO chance of this happening. None. Zip. Nada.

      Even if he’s hitting .190 on July 1st?

    3. jerryran
      February 18th, 2014 | 12:39 am

      Zero.

    4. Ben M.
      February 18th, 2014 | 3:15 pm

      If I remember right, Bobby Murcer had to retire because the Yankees wanted to keep some minor-leaguer named Mattingly with the big club. Is Derek Jeter really going to get forced out by a Slade Heathcott or a Ty Austin?

    5. February 18th, 2014 | 3:26 pm

      Ben M. wrote:

      If I remember right, Bobby Murcer had to retire because the Yankees wanted to keep some minor-leaguer named Mattingly with the big club. Is Derek Jeter really going to get forced out by a Slade Heathcott or a Ty Austin?

      LOL. Well played!

    6. #15
      February 18th, 2014 | 3:51 pm

      I’ll gladly take the “diminished skills” Jeter that was on the field before the broken ankle bone, i.e., the last time we saw him healthy he was still a very nice contributor. When last we saw him before he broke his ankle, Jeter circa 2012 lead the league in PA, AB and hits! OPS near .800, played in 159 games and finished 7th in the MVP voting. Why would he not come back and play when he was that productive before breaking a bone?

      My point is that he was not “hanging on”, milking his career/name/reputation before the ankle break.

    7. Evan3457
      February 18th, 2014 | 5:39 pm

      This isn’t George Weiss/Phil Rizzuto.

      The only way Jeter leaves before the final farewell is if he plays so badly and feels he’s embarrassing himself, and pulls the plug on his own.

    8. Raf
      February 18th, 2014 | 8:03 pm

      #15 wrote:

      I’ll gladly take the “diminished skills” Jeter that was on the field before the broken ankle bone, i.e., the last time we saw him healthy he was still a very nice contributor. When last we saw him before he broke his ankle, Jeter circa 2012 lead the league in PA, AB and hits! OPS near .800, played in 159 games and finished 7th in the MVP voting. Why would he not come back and play when he was that productive before breaking a bone?

      My point is that he was not “hanging on”, milking his career/name/reputation before the ankle break.

      +1

    9. February 19th, 2014 | 8:31 pm

      @ Steve L.: Nope. Why would the Yankees let Jeter go when they are paying him $12 million? It’s not like they have some hotspot farm system prospect they have to bring up in his place. There is no way they would release Jeter early — why lose those ticket sales and merchandise moolah?

      As for whether Jeter will retire early, if he stinks, I could see him going on the DL for the rest of the year. But that’s about it.

    10. Mr. October
      February 19th, 2014 | 9:12 pm

      Brian Cashman likens Derek Jeter to Secretariat, reveals his two defining Jeter moments

      “TAMPA, Fla… Yankees general [moron] Brian Cashman has witnessed Derek Jeter’s career up close…

      ‘[Consistency, durability, and production] are the things you dream about when you’re signing international talent, or drafting somebody,’ said Cashman… ‘It’s finding someone that is going to be with your franchise for as long as he’s been. A Secretariat, so to speak, that you can run in as many races as you can and win a lot. He’s been that type of player…’”

      http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2014/02/brian_cashman_likens_derek_jeter_to_secretariat_reveals_his_two_defining_jeter_moments.html

      Leave it to this idiot to compare Derek Jeter to Secretariat: someone who would be driving a UPS truck today but for his family’s relationships with George Steinbrenner and connections with harness racing in the state of Florida in the 1970-80s…

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