|Team - New York Yankees|
Birthdate - 06/26/1967 (Age 48)
Position - Shortstop
College - none
AVG - .317
HR - 191
RBI - 917
Derek Sanderson Jeter 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.
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. 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.
Although some in baseball have considered Jeter to be a below average defensive player, he is most known for a back-handed flip to retire Jeremy Giambi at home plate in the 2001 ALCS against the Oakland Athletics. The out prevented Oakland from tying the game and potentially eliminating the Yankees from the playoffs. 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.
- Harper, John. (2005). A Tale of Two Cities, Lyons Press, Page 134