Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A declining Derek Jeter

All of the available evidence seems to suggest that [Derek] Jeter is a worse fielder than most defensive metrics indicate, perhaps on the order of 20 to 30 runs [allowed per season] below the average shortstop. This makes it possible that Jeter, in 2010, was performing at roughly the same level as a typical replacement—in other words, his ability to hit like something resembling an average shortstop doesn’t offset his inability to field like one. And while Jeter’s bat may improve next year from a disappointing 2010, over the next three years it’s a fair bet that his hitting will continue to erode. That’s what happens to baseball players as they get closer to 40.

No, I don’t envy [Yankees general manager] Brian Cashman at all.
--Colin Wyers, Baseball Prospectus, on the delicious prospect of watching Derek Jeter drag down the Yankees for the next half decade

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