Derek Jeter

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Derek Jeter
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Team - New York Yankees
Vital Information

Birthdate - 06/26/1967 (Age 47)
Birthplace - Pequannock, NJ
Height - 6'3"
Weight - 195
Bats - Right
Throws - Right

Career Info

Position - Shortstop College - none
Drafted - 1992, 1st round
Major League Debut - 05/29/1995
Aquired - Draft
Status - Active
Teams
New York Yankees - 1995-Present

Career Stats

AVG - .317 HR - 191 RBI - 917
R - 1354 SB - 261 H - 2310

Derek Sanderson Jeter[1] has been the starting shortstop for the New York Yankees since 1996. A seven-time All Star, he has won the American League Rookie of the Year Award, the All-Star Game MVP Award, the World Series MVP Award, a Silver Slugger Award and three Gold Glove Awards. His .317 lifetime batting average is the 56th highest all-time, and 5th highest among active players. Jeter was named the 11th captain in Yankee history during the 2003 season.[2]

Yankee Fan

Jeter was born in Pequannock, New Jersey, but grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He became a fan of the Yankees after watching their games with his grandmother as a child.[3] After watching Dave Winfield, Jeter began to dream of eventually playing for the Yankees. While in eighth-grade, Jeter wrote a story about being the starting shortstop for the team.[4]

Defense

Although some in baseball have considered Jeter to be a below average defensive player[5], he is most known for a back-handed flip to retire Jeremy Giambi at home plate in the 2001 ALCS against the Oakland Athletics.[6] The out prevented Oakland from tying the game and potentially eliminating the Yankees from the playoffs[7]. Others, notably his former bench coach Don Zimmer, have thought exceptionally highly of Jeter's defense; Zimmer, himself a former shortstop and second baseman, credited Jeter with his ability to make running throws.

References

  1. http://www.baseball-reference.com/j/jeterde01.shtml
  2. http://espn.go.com/mlb/news/2003/0603/1562514.html
  3. Harper, John. (2005). A Tale of Two Cities, Lyons Press, Page 134
  4. http://www.islandconnections.com/edit/derek_jeter.htm
  5. http://www.boston.com/sports/articles/2008/02/17/numbers_tell_a_glove_story/
  6. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=klapisch_bob&id=1988521
  7. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/01play/2001-10-13-athletics-yankees.htm
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