Keeping the ‘Captain’

If you were a die-hard Yankees fan, would you still want Derek Jeter as your starting shortstop? Is he too old for that skilled position? That is the question being tossed around in the baseball world.

As the team captain, his accomplishments are outstanding, but let’s not go down memory lane. How about looking at his recent success? He has been voted to the American League All Star team for the last five seasons. He also has earned two Gold Glove Awards the past two years. Throw in another World Series ring from the 2009 campaign and you have a shortstop that any owner would love to have.

Some may be skeptical of Jeter’s age as he will turn 37 in June especially at a position like shortstop. But his dependability and durability still remain

Jeter has started 150 games, which ranks him third in the American League. His fielding percentage ranked him first in the last two years. He also led the AL in plate appearances with 739 and was second in runs scored at 111.

To Derek Jeter, there is no individual success without team success. A leader by example, a great teammate, and a winner are the qualities he possesses. He has earned the nickname “The Captain” and has succeeded great Yankee Hall of Famers. Success comes at a price but Derek Jeter’s presence at shortstop is priceless.

Gregory Giaconelli

Franklin Square


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