Derek Jeter

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Derek Jeter
Team - New York Yankees
Vital Information

Birthdate - 06/26/1967 (Age 51)
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
New York Yankees - 1995-Present

Career Stats

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

Derek Sanderson Jeter[1] was the starting shortstop for the New York Yankees from 1996 (although he briefly came up in 1995) to 2014, except for most of 2013 when a variety of injuries limited him to 17 games. 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 .310 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]


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.