Showing posts with label Headline Hall of Fame. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Headline Hall of Fame. Show all posts

Monday, February 25, 2008

Clearing Things Up

For those of you who are deeply offended with the recent UPenn study claiming Derek Jeter is the worst shortstop in baseball, yeah, they're probably right. I just came across this article from the Toronto Star, and it goes into the Headline Hall of Fame: Jeter a Lousy Fielder? So Say Eggheads... I actually laughed out loud at that headline. I know that Jeter has made some great defensive plays, but he really does have bad range, according to every fielding metric. Just think, how many times during a typical Yankee game do you hear Micheal Kay say, "Past a diving Jeter!" on a ball not really very far away from him. You can try to argue that he has three gold gloves, but the people who give out gold gloves are stupid. That's it. Plain old stupid. Jeter is still one of the best offensive shortstops in the game, and is also a good base-runner. He was hampered in the field last year by injuries, and 2007 was his worst fielding year ever. He should improve in '08, but will still be below average. Derek Jeter is my favorite player ever, but you have to look at things objectively.