Derek Jeter Is Retiring In 2014: He Is Hoping It Will Be A Season To Remember
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst and Website Owner) Follow @mlbreports
2014 will mark the second straight year that an ALL – Time Yankee Legend will have a year long retirement party.
The emergence of Derek Jeter in the Bronx culminated with a new dynasty of Bronx Bombers’ baseball – and resulted in 6 World Series visits in his first 7 years as the club’s Shortstop.
Derek Jeter personified everything that was great in the sport of baseball – and New York City, in a time where there were seedy underlings doing damage to the game.
The man is a consummate professional, and carried himself in a dignified manner, despite playing in a city where you can hardly breathe when it comes to media attention.
Derek Jeter’s only HR in the 2014 year
Last season had to have been the most mentally grueling campaign for EL Capitan. Jeter has fought through several injuries, DL stints, and saw his teammates struggle for the 1st time in 5 years.
It was just the Shortstops 11th hit on the year.
Next on the list is long time Brewer great, and Baseball Hall of Famer Paul Molitor at 3319 Career hits sitting 9th.
|Rank||Player (yrs, age)||Hits||Bats|
|1.||Pete Rose (24)||4256||B|
|2.||Ty Cobb+ (24)||4189||L|
|3.||Hank Aaron+ (23)||3771||R|
|4.||Stan Musial+ (22)||3630||L|
|5.||Tris Speaker+ (22)||3514||L|
|6.||Cap Anson+ (27)||3435||R|
|7.||Honus Wagner+ (21)||3420||R|
|8.||Carl Yastrzemski+ (23)||3419||L|
|9.||Paul Molitor+ (21)||3319||R|
|10.||Eddie Collins+ (25)||3315||L|
|Derek Jeter (19, 39)||3315||R|
Just a note here, that http://www.mlb.com has Eddie Collins listed at 3314 Career Hits, and I am choosing to go with that, instead of the BR.com’s 3315 you see above in this list.
If #2 comes can stay health this season, Jeter should be able to run down that past great – and also (Cap Anson ) at 3435 for #6.
With seeing a curbed 2013, for Games Played and At-Bats, also curtailed the thought Derek Jeter could chase down many others on the list for the list.
I do believe the 39 Year Old from New Jersey, has one good season left in him. At a good clip, he may see 550 AB. Based on this, he should be good for around 160 – 180 Hits.
With an outstanding year, this would put him right near Tris Speaker‘s 3515 (200 Hits from right now) base knocks, for 5th on the list, but he would likely still be short.
If Jeter were to have played in 2015 (I am glad he isn’t, because it is okay to leave the game mostly at the top), he might have had a chance at running down Stan Musial for 5th at 3630 (315 Hits away right now).
Mr. Jeter doesn’t have the type of game for DH, and the Yankees will need to clear that spot for a power hitter in 2015, as it also maybe the year the club hits the reset button on payroll flexibility.
One of the reasons Boston has been good for so long, is that David Ortiz is a far superior DH to most of his counterparts in the American League, and the club has ridden him to several playoff spots.
If Jeter can’t play the field for the majority of his time, it would be hard on the ream trying to force the hand of their aging superstar.
Hopefully, this year will be a lot better in the health department for the Shortstop.
The 2013 took its toll on the 19 year Veteran. Jeter will also turn 40 during the 2014 season. If he were to play another year, it would have made him 41 years old as a Shortstop halfway into next campaign.
Even players like Cal Ripken had to switch positions later in their career to prolong it. That would give even more credence to him moving to 3rd base next year.
With these kind of names being floated out in this piece, it merely points out how historic that Jeter has been in his career.
That he is among these Hall Of Fame Players is a testament to his professionalism and durability.
After last season, I couldn’t see Jeter hanging them based on a injury riddled year. Now he will look to go out on top.
The Yankees have gone all out to ensure that the team is competitive in 2014, and maybe the 5 time World Champion may have a chance at running some more October heroics this year.
It will be interesting to see what happens if Jeter struggles at all in 2014. He will be given every chance to pull himself out of any slump – but at what point would Girardi keep him out of the lineup?
As a Jeter fan, I think he will be good enough to warrant being the Yanks lineup based on his own merits and not legend. Derek Jeter doesn’t know how to fail.
Either Way, 2014 will now be the final chapter in Derek Jeter’s illustrious career.
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Posted on February 12, 2014, in MLB Player Profiles and tagged 2009 World Series, @chuckbooth3024 on twitter, @MLBreports on twitter, AL East, all time hits leaderboard, andy pettitte, baltimore orioles, cal ripken, cap anson, Chuck Booth. fastest 30 ballgames, david ortiz, derek jeter, eddie collins, eduardo nunez, hank aaron, honus wagner, mariano rivera, mexico, milwaukee brewers, new york yankees, paul molitor, pete rose, phil hughes, robinson cano, st louis cardinals, stan musial, tampa bay rays, tris speaker, ty cobb. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.