Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Media Rips Derek Jeter

Joel Sherman of the New York Post ripped Derek Jeter on the Michael Kay Show last week. It was  refreshing to hear the media go after Jeter about his captaincy. I touched on my issues about Jeter, The Captain in this blog post.

Sherman took issue first with manager Joe Girardi and the way he is managing Jeter. Sherman reminded Kay how Girardi insisted that in Jeter's final season he would not manage it like a farewell tour, rather he would manage to win games. Sherman pointed out that Girardi still has Jeter batting second in the order and has yet to lift Jeter late in the game for a better defender.

Sherman than pointed the finger to Jeter. While Girardi should be managing to win games, the captain could make it easier on him. Joel brought up Don Mattingly in 1994 and how he made life easier for manager Buck Showalter. Captain Don Mattingly went into Buck Showalter's office and told Buck that he realizes he is no longer the best hitter on the team and he should no longer bat third in the lineup. Mattingly said that the team now belonged to Paul O'Neil and he deserved to bat third.

Showalter later admitted that without that meeting he would have continued to bat Mattingly third. Showalter explained it is a delicate situation when trying to manage an aging veteran who has been so important to the organization. Mattingly acted like a captain, Jeter has yet to act like one in his career. This should not surprise anyone. This became real clear in 2004 when Jeter refused to change positions when the Yankees acquired the best shortstop in the game. Chipper Jones was never the official captain of the Braves but he offered to move to the outfield to accommodate Vinny Castilla and help the Braves offense. I blogged about that here as I compared the careers of Jeter and Chipper

Derek Jeter does most things really well but don't let him fool you. He is not all about winning. He is all about winning as long as he is winning his way.

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