An above average hitter with poor defensive skills at the second most important defensive position in baseball announced on Facebook that he will retire after the final game of the 2014 season. Naturally, the news was greeted as the most important baseball story of the year. You see, that good hitter / bad shortstop is none other than Derek Jeter, the captain of the New York Yankees.
Sure, Jeter was good. I’ll give him that. Hall of Fame Worthy? Not with the likes of Jeff Ballard, Ben McDonald, Mike Devereaux, and Brady Anderson still on the outside looking in. Jeter is a really good hitter but without the Yankees brand behind and in front of him, he’d be a 2nd or 3rd ballot kind of guy. The work address in the Bronx, however, will get him a near unanimous, first ballot election. Disgusting.
Good riddance, Mr. Jeter. Your years of providing gift baskets to sexual conquests and, allegedly, a plethora of performance enhancing substances for athletes in all sports, first through BALCO and second through BioGeneis*, have made you wealthy and well-respected. This will probably help the Yankees on the field in the short and long-term. That’s too bad. Jeter, the monster, deserves less love and more scrutiny. If the Orioles don’t win the AL East this year it will clearly be due to the nefarious backroom dealings of you, Derek Sanderson Jeter. Humbug!
* These reports are available in my mind for anybody caring to peruse the claims