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Yankees: Do you think Derek Jeter needs to move himself?

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?

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start_date 25/06/2014 08:14:38
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Should Derek Jeter 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.

Going from the joys of sweeping the Toronto Blue Jays, followed by a walk-off vs. the Baltimore Orioles last week to a four game losing streak has been tough to swallow.

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.

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3 Comments

  1. GameScribe says:

    Historically, you are correct – the best spot in the lineup was the #2 hole where his ability to bunt, hit behind the runner, and shoot the ball thru the right side on hit and runs with his inside out swing was classic. But the operative word here is "was." To date, Jeets is batting .267 with most likely the lowest OBP of his career. Before the season began, I predicted he would finish the year batting .267. We shall see… And you are also correct that Jeter's ego is in play here. In the back of every athlete's mind is the notion that he will suddenly (and magically) regain his performance level of the past. Without PED's, it's virtually impossible except for a flash of greatness here and there, unfortunate anomalies which only serve to perpetuate the prideful self-lie. Jeter is only human although so many of the current crop of Yankee cool aid drinking fans long ago anointed him into Pinstripe Sainthood. I'll take your suggestion for Derek to ask to be moved to the 7th, 8th, or 9th slot one step further than loving him for his humility. Given his almost guaranteed sub-Jeter-like offensive season, not to do so may very well leave the Yankee faithful with a bad A-Rod type feeling, certainly not the way a class act like Jeter should be remembered. To drop himself in the order would be doing both himself and his legacy a favor. But who knows, maybe when the chips are down and the Yanks need someone to come thru in the clutch, Derek Jeter will be the man once again. However, Father Time is neither a charity worker or Santa Claus.

  2. Ed Miller says:

    Love seeing the Yanks struggle…………………. O's fan, Fast Eddie

  3. Derek Smith says:

    As a Jeter fan since the mid 1990s, it is almost inevitable that he will have a dropoff as he is now 40. I think moving him around in the lineup would be a mistake now, as Jeter still has the clutch ability that the other guys in the current Yankees lineup have never proved. When the game is on the line, I still want Jeter up taking his swings.