It’s no secret that I am not a NY Yankees fan; I pretty much hate everything associated with the Yankees. With all that hatred I am still a fan of baseball and I will always respect talent. So when it comes to Derek Jeter I fully respect what he has accomplished as the Yankee Captain.
Since day one in the majors Jeter has experienced being Yankee Royalty; and it was all earned by Jeter. He has been able to keep his nose clean for the most part; I can only recall the tax evasion on his NYC apartment and some whispers questioning his offseason workout habits a few years ago.
Other than that he has had a spotless career; all while being a major sports icon in NYC.
During his seemingly spotless career Jeter has been paid very well for what he has done for the NY Yankees. In the era of big money contracts where fans scrutinize if players are living up to the dollar amount of their contracts. No one has ever questioned if Jeter has ever made too much money. The Captain has done everything for the Yankees except pitch for them.
For 15 seasons Jeter has performed at the highest level, but like everything else father time eventually dulls the senses.
Your not as quick as you used to be…
It takes you a millisecond longer to pickup the ball from the pitcher…
You can’t cover the same ground moving to your left or right…
Without a doubt Jeter will be one of the Greatest Yankees of all-time and he will have his plaque side by side with the greats in monument park at Yankee Stadium. He will also be a 1st ballot hall of famer; anything short of a unanimous vote will be a travesty…
With all that said, the alleged 5-6 year deal in the range of $20 million per year that Jeter is requesting is a little crazy. The Yankees are said to be offering a 3 year deal worth $50 million dollars. This is more than enough money for an aging shortstop who has CLEARLY lost a step in the field and at the plate!!
People automatically believe since the Yankees make so much money that they should have money to burn; this type of thinking is selfish. Why should the Yankees lock themselves into a 5 to 6 year deal for a declining player who has not given any inclination that he is wiling to change positions for the good of the team. No matter how stringent of an off-season program he could put himself through, he will never regain the steps he has lost in the field. He will be a liability in the field. At most MAYBE he could capture some lighting in the bottle at the plate and get back to a .300 average along with a high on base %.
Also we have to keep in mind that the Yankees have paid Jeter something like $200 million dollars during his career; so this is not a case of the Yanks being cheap.
It’s never easy for an athlete or a fan to except that the end is near; its time for Jeter to recognize his time in baseball is coming to an end. It’s not like he is Mariano Rivera; who is still pitching at a high level. Derek should take the 3 year deal bust his ass and show that he should get another deal if necessary; right now it just doesn’t make a lot of sense for the Yankees to lock up a 36-year-old for the next 5-6 years. The sooner Yankee fans admit it to themselves the better!
By the way I realize it is easy for me as a Mets fans to say play hardball with a baseball icon. The Mets are not exactly the epitome of Baseball organization excellence; we tend to avoid these difficult situations by dealing our GREAT players…
Nolan Ryan, and Tom Seaver just to name a few
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!