Confirmed. Jeter is not a defensive wiz.

Baseball fans that love going into the numbers have long contended that Jeter is overrated as a defensive shortstop. I have seen a number of articles over the years that draw this conclusion, but today was the first time I had seen something in the paper. I found this gem in the local paper and a NY Post link for good measure:

“Using a complex statistical method, researchers concluded that one of the worst at shortstop is A-Rod’s teammate, three-time Gold Glove winner Derek Jeter. The findings were presented Saturday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.”[Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Feb 17, AP]

There you have it; Jeter is not the best shortstop to play the game. Shocking as it may be, it will be difficult for Yankee fans to accept.

Nice way to start a Sunday!


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