I respect Derek Jeter and have very much enjoyed watching him throughout his entire career. However, ESPN personality Keith Olbermann is exactly correct when he says that Jeter is not the greatest player ever, nor is he one of the 10 greatest. Heck, he isn’t even the best New York Yankee to ever play.
Olbermann’s commentary has made many baseball fans angry – after all, how dare someone say anything negative about the man who is receiving a royal send off. Unlike Mariano Rivera, who is arguably the greatest reliever to ever play, the statistics do not support the Jeter argument.
Take away the postseason performances and he isn’t a hall of famer. Keep those postseason performances and take him out of New York and he is a borderline hall of famer – definitely not first ballot as he is now. He is “Mr. New York”, and that is one of the reasons he has been the most celebrated baseball player of our decade.
Don’t get me wrong, Jeter is leaving behind a fantastic career but he isn’t anywhere near the top of the “Greats” list. The facts that Olbermann points out are fascinating, and facts that we have never been given because Jeter has been untouchable – void of all criticism.
I’ll let Olbermann explain:
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