Saying goodbye to legend Derek Jeter
One of the all-time greats will hang up his cleats after the conclusion of the 2014 MLB season. Derek Jeter has been a staple in the New York Yankees organization since becoming a full-time player for them in 1996. He is a shortstop by trade, but a true ambassador for baseball and the Yankees.
Most players get to retire and look back on their numbers that they put up over their respective careers. Jeter, however, gets to look back and see more than just numbers.
He is one of those rare players that are irreplaceable. The numbers, which are great, don't do him justice. His nickname, "Mr. November," displays how much of a clutch player he is. Without him, the Yankees might not be the same team that has had incredible success over the last two decades.
With the reputation that he has, let's look at some of the numbers that created that reputation. He is ninth all-time with 3,316 career hits. All of those came with one franchise and that is sixth most all-time for one team. Honus Wagner is the leader in hits by a shortstop but with just 115 more, Jeter will pass him for most hits by a shortstop all-time.
His career post-season stats are really impressive as well. Jeter has a .308 batting average in the playoffs. Also, no one has ever played more games, recorded more hits, or scored more runs in the post-season than Derek Jeter.
Just as impressive, he has played more games as a Yankee than any other player in history. That has led to his franchise-leading number of hits, at-bats and stolen bases. These are just some of the stats that will surely lead to his induction in Cooperstown as a member of the MLB Hall of Fame.
With all these numbers and the reputation that he has, Derek Jeter is no doubt one of the greatest players to ever step on the field.
Not only has he played one of the toughest sports in one of the toughest cities to play in professionally, he has produced incredible stats and made spectacular highlight reels that all baseball fans have enjoyed for years.
There is no doubt that the shortstop position will feel empty to the Yankees after this season. However, the Yankees won't be the only ones feeling the hurt. Fans everywhere will miss watching the incredible "Mr. November."
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