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In case you've forgotten, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez are really, really good

Feb 25, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

A-Rod and Jeter.jpgThe New York Times runs some A-Rod and Jeter projections from the Baseball Prospectus gang:

In the first year of the new Yankee Stadium, its tenants won the World Series. In its second, Alex Rodriguez could hit his 600th home run. In its third, Derek Jeter
should notch his 3,000th hit. More milestones will follow, and
Rodriguez and Jeter will almost certainly be chasing them together . . .

. . . According to Chone, Jeter will retire at age 40, after the 2014 season,
with 3,446 hits. As for Rodriguez? When his contract expires, he would
be first in career home runs, runs scored, runs batted in and
strikeouts. In addition, he would be fifth in hits, about 30 ahead of
Jeter.

It’s kind of hard to get a handle on history as it happens, but every
once in a while it’s important to look past the P.R., the gossip, the
snark, the Yankees-Red Sox garbage and the game-by-game,
season-by-season minutiae of it all and realize just how flippin’ good
A-Rod and Jeter have been.

Whatever you want to make of their personas or what have you, we’re going to be talking about them to our grandkids the way our grandparents talked to us about Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio.

  1. talex - Feb 26, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    Who cares about Ted Williams persona? He was one of the great baseball players of all-time (although, please spare me the he’s better than Babe Ruth or Lou Gerhig, because he wasn’t). It only matters what Williams did on the field.
    I love both A-Rod and Jeter; and I can’t wait to see what a healthy A-Rod with the no can’t-hit-in-the-clutch monkey off of his back, but if he does break the all-time HR mark, sorry guys, but that’s another tainted record like Bond’s all-time record. He’s a heck of a talent; and last year in the playoffs he looked like Babe Ruth, but he cheated and any all-time records are tainted. Hate to say it, but it’s true. That doesn’t mean I don’t love watching him play. That homerun he hit in the 15th inning against the Red Sox with the score tied 0-0 was one of the most incredible homeruns I ever saw. I hope we see more of the same.

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