November 8, 2007


O Captain! My Captain! Rise up and Hear the Bells (Phil Allard, 11/08/07,

Over the past few years, there have been a number of defensive metrics churned out by various sabermetricians. Although they may differ in methodology in regards to how the arrive at their conclusions, the conclusions are always the same when it comes to Derek Jeter.

Derek Jeter is a very bad defensive shortstop.

This is not new information. At least it should not be to anyone who has a passing interest in baseball. To be honest, I feel the need to point this out at least twice a year. What I find so curious is that many of Jeter’s defensive supporters actually think he is a good shortstop.

For a truly balanced study of Derek Jeter’s defensive work, see Bill James’ article in John Dewan’s The Fielding Bible, (February 2006). James measures things a myriad of different ways in an attempt to find any objective evidence that Jeter may be better then reports indicate. James’ conclusion is “Giving him every possible break on the unknowns, he is still going to emerge as a below-average defensive shortstop.”

James actually was going out of his way to be nice in that article, but the plain fact is Jeter has never been very good defensively, and he is actually getting worse.

You don't have to like the Yankees to be saddened by the way his selfishness has destroyed the team.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 8, 2007 3:55 PM

He's not as fat as most Yankees...

People will look back in amazement that A-Rod was moved from SS so that Jeter could stay there. Incredible arrogance as you say, OJ.

Posted by: Benny at November 8, 2007 5:47 PM

I don't think it's arrogance or selfishness. They keep giving the guy gold gloves for chrissakes, and every idiot color commentator waxes poetic about his glove. He probably thinks he's a great ss, and who was going to tell him otherwise? Torre? Hah!

Now Girardi on the other hand . . .

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at November 8, 2007 7:07 PM