Let me get right to the point, do you think it is time for the Captain, Derek Jeter to move himself down in the batting order?
WHY DID I ANSWERED YES:
1) History doesn’t win games today.
Yes, Jeter occupied the Yankees two-hole for the majority of the first 13 seasons of his 20-year career, 1392 games and 5676 at-bats to be exact. No doubt, the Captain had major success in this spot posting a career batting average of .311 with 707 RBIs, 137 homers, and 1001 runs.
In 2009, Jeter started hitting lead off almost permanently. And once again, he shined in the 979 games, 4133 at-bats with 102 home-runs, 199 doubles, 428 RBIs, 404 walks, 108 stolen bases and a career .310 batting average at the top of the order.
But those glory old days for Jeter, who just turned 40-years old this week, are now distant and fond memories. So keeping him at the top of the line-up for ego might not be in the Yankees best interests anymore. And the odds at sportsbooks only prove this by Jeter’s low fantasy value in 2014, in addition to the Yankees not being picked as favorites to win games either.
2) Yankees offense is not the only issue but it is the biggest.
I know that this mess is not all Jeter’s fault, as reality is the 2014 Yankees bats are completely inconsistent and inefficient a lot.
Hence, why this team cannot afford to give Jeter the luxury of finishing up where he started.
If the Yankees offense were hitting up to par, they could shoulder the weight of Jeter’s lack of production at the top of the order. But reality is they are not, and the season is almost halfway done.
And with defense errors becoming a nightly event, the Yankees bats are even more vital and the team cannot continue struggling like this any longer.
Perfect example being last nights 7-6, loss to the Blue Jays, which could have been avoid if not for textbook defensive errors courtesy of Jeter and Solarte.
Truth be told is the Yankees cannot afford to lose games due to poor defense if the bats continue to struggle.
3) He is the Captain.
The 40-year-old shortstop has been the Yankees Captain since June 3, 2003 and everyone idolizes him from his own teammates, to MLB fans around the world.
But that doesn’t give Jeter a get of jail free card, to let his ego come before what is in the best interests of the this Yankees team.
As even Jeter once said, “You don’t just accidentally show up in the World Series.”
The problem with this whole scenario is the only way that Jeter is going to be moved down in the line-up is if Jeter asks to be.
And as a true leader, why has Jeter not suggested it yet if it could help the team?
Jeter once described the Yankees wish to win as:
“We just want to win. That’s the bottom line. I think a lot of times people may become content with one championship or a little bit of success, but we don’t really reflect on what we’ve done in the past. We focus on the present.”
Oops…someone forgot to add an asterisk at the end noting that winning games will be compromised in favor of Jeter’s ego.
If Jeter ever does tell Girardi to move him down to see if it helped the team, the level of respect I would have for him would be off the charts, failure or not.
To be honest, that selfless act alone would be the pinnacle of Jeter as a leader and there is no higher a compliment a person could ever receive in my opinion.
Look, the point is the line-up needs to start hitting soon or the Yankees will go postseason-less again.
The weak AL East has kept the Yankees relevant this long, but the time has come for them to be able to rely on themselves to compete, not on their rival teams failures.
And personally, I am sick of watching the Yankees offense under-perform. I miss the days of too many home runs and always knowing the Yankees can win with their bats.