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Derek Jeter to have surgery on Saturday; 4-5 month recovery time

Oct 17, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT

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The New York Yankees just announced, as was suspected, that Derek Jeter is going to have surgery on Saturday.  The expected recovery time is 4-5 months.

That puts him on schedule for the start of spring training and thereabouts, assuming no complications.

  1. nategearhart - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    A-Rod: flirts with fans, stinks up the joint with bum wrist.

    Jeter: frequent one night stands, to whom he gives “gift baskets”, all gimped up and missing playoffs.

    Why is only one of these guys a pariah who should be traded? The answer can’t be “history”, because who’s had the better career? Oh yeah, A-Rod has.

    • bronxbomber213 - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      ill tell you why only one is a pariah as you so call it…it’s actually quite easy really….PLAYOFF PERFORMANCE!!!!!! Jeter plays his best ball in October and always has since being a rookie…Arod is a chump who is so afraid to fail that he makes himself look like a 12 year old in a playoff batters box!!! oh and btw jeter had been playing on a bad ankle for months and then it finally took its toll..jeter was actually producing despite that injury…arod just is not a pressure player and the fact that you are trying to defend him flirting with fans (be it true or not) after being benched for crucial games is a disgrace!! by flirting and acting like he could care less he might as well hawk up a big glob of spit and spit in Yankees fans faces!! jeter brings 110% every night and everyone knows it!’ Arod plays hard but he cannot produce when it really matters and that is just a fact!! that’s why he is the one who is targeted!

      • Lukehart80 - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:31 PM

        I just defended Jeter, but now I’m going to stand up for Rodriguez (I feel dirty): The Yankees have won one World Series in the last eleven years and no player deserves more of the credit for that lone championship than A-Rod. His overall playoff numbers are every bit as good (or better) than Jeter’s.

        Yankee fans who think Rodriguez owes them sort of apology, or has spat in their faces are ridiculous. Get over yourself.

      • nategearhart - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:32 PM

        Oh wow…for years I’ve read that the type of Yankees fan that the NY Post caters to doesn’t actually exist. Well, here you are. Do I get a pot of gold or something?

      • bronxbomber213 - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:52 PM

        yea cuz me and everyone else would take arod up over jeter in October if u need a hit….hahahahhhahahahahahahaha that’s funny..have you idiots watched these games? arod looks terrible at the plate it’s K after K after K..oh and how can u say arod has better overall playoff numbers that jeter? I’m pretty sure besides 09 (which, yes ill admit without arod they don’t win a thing) he has been god awful! beig good in 09 doesn’t give him a free pass for the rest of his October flops..jeter has done it in October on a consistent basis throughout his whole career ( hence 200 postseason hits etc) arod has 09 and that’s it…he’s a free out in te playoffs and has pretty much always been

      • Alex K - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:13 PM

        A-Rod has very similar playoff OBP and slugging percentages as Jeter (They have the same OPS). Jeter played in the playoffs everyyear of his prime. A-Rod missed the playoffs 6 times in this prime. Can we please stop pretending that the numbers A) Mean a whole lot & B) Are all that different.

        A-Rod- .265/.372/.467 (.838 OPS)
        Jeter- .308/.374/.465 (.838 OPS)

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:17 PM

        ’m pretty sure besides 09 (which, yes ill admit without arod they don’t win a thing) he has been god awful!

        Right, except 2004 and 2000 as well. Or do those not count? And even in ’07 he had an .820 OPS against Cleveland.

        jeter has done it in October on a consistent basis throughout his whole career ( hence 200 postseason hits etc)

        Jeter has 200 postseason hits because he has 158 postseason career games. Get that, he has an entire additional season on his career just from the playoffs. As for his consistency, where was that during

        ’04 ALCS – .200/.333/.233 for a .567 OPS
        ’07 ALDS – .176/.176/.176 for a .353 OPS
        ’10 ALDS – .286/.286/.286 for a .571 OPS
        ’11 ALDS – .250/.280/.292 for a .572 OPS

        Those are just a few of them. It’s almost like small sample sizes can have wildly different results.

      • bronxbomber213 - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:20 PM

        @alex
        and despite those ohh so similar numbers and playing in the prime etc jeter continues to produce at 38 in the playoffs and had never been pinch hit for or benched and arod continues to look like a 12 year old little leaguer!

      • Alex K - Oct 17, 2012 at 6:12 PM

        Jeter has aged better than A-Rod. That doesn’t change my point even a little.

    • Lukehart80 - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      Jeter has accomplished a lot more with the Yankees than Rodriguez, even is Rodriguez has been the better player over the course of his career.

      I loath the Yankees, but their fans’ love for Jeter is entirely understandable.

      • nategearhart - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:31 PM

        “has accomplished a lot more” means “happened to play for the Yankees in the late ’90′s”. Jeter absolutely contributed to those successes, but it’s hardly A-Rod’s fault that the Yankees have only one championship since 2000. In fact, they only have the one championship IN SPITE of A-Rod’s performance. You said yourself, he’s been the better player.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:38 PM

        Jeter has accomplished a lot more with the Yankees than Rodriguez, even is Rodriguez has been the better player over the course of his career.

        MVP’s with the Yankees:

        Arod – 2
        Jeter – 0

        Checkmate Centaur!

      • bronxbomber213 - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:54 PM

        yo church….

        WS rings
        jeter -5
        arod-1

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:18 PM

        yo church….

        WS rings
        jeter -5
        arod-1

        Yo bronx

        WS Rings
        Luis Sojo – 5
        Ted Williams – 0

        Sojo > Williams right?

      • cur68 - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:55 PM

        And COPO BODYSLAMS bronxbomber213! He screams a biiiiiiig Ric Flair “Wooooooooo!” and climbs onto the top rope…

    • braddavery - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      Oh wow. This is one of the stupidest things I have ever read about anything sports related. lol

    • bronxbomber213 - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      ohhh church…ok first the context of jeter accomplishing more than arod where you bring up Ted Williams and sojo? that’s a terrible argument!! WITH THE YANKEES.. anyone who can see and hear obviously knows that jeter has accomplished sooo much more than arod with the franchise and the fact that you put all the emphasis on 2 MVPs when dude was on roids is laughable..come on man were talking 3000 hits 5 rings numerous big game plays and hits in October..u can’t possibly believe that arod has accomplished more with NYY than jeter has!!!

      And yes church I understand that jeter had played in nearly a season of playoff games but my point is HE STILL HAD TO PRODUCE AND DID!!! u picked 4 playoff appearances out of 18 and try to convince me that jeter is not one of of not the most consistent October player in the game now save maybe Beltran as of late?!? say what u want but don’t ever remember DJ getting benched or pinch hit for!!! as for arod I’m talking about specifically with NYY so throw 2000 out…04 he was on roids so I would hope he could be able to do something and 07 his MVP year I would think that to defend him you would bring something more to the table than OPS for a guy who drove in 150 runs! the guy is no pressure player he’s us afraid to fail and his playoff performances speak for themselves

      • Alex K - Oct 17, 2012 at 6:17 PM

        Of course Jeter has done more as a Yankee….he’s played for the Yankees for a lot longer than A-Rod. If the Yankees had the chance to draft A-Rod and he had the same exact career there is a 0.00% chance that Yankees fans would be so critical of him.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:14 PM

        u picked 4 playoff appearances out of 18 and try to convince me that jeter is not one of of not the most consistent October player in the game now save maybe Beltran as of late

        Ok, let’s look at it this way, if Jeter is so “clutch”. Jeter’s regular season OPS is .829 for his career. Let’s look at the number of times he hit worse than that in the playoffs:

        33 Total Series (average is .838 by the way, so he hits almost exactly the same in the playoffs as the regular season, but I digress).

        16/33 “series” he’s hit worse than .829. So roughly half the time he hit worse, and half the time he hit better. The means the median is slightly higher than his average (since 16.5 > 16) which means we’re slightly higher than his .829 average, which puts us at, surprise, .838!

        and 07 his MVP year I would think that to defend him you would bring something more to the table than OPS for a guy who drove in 150 runs! the guy is no pressure player he’s us afraid to fail and his playoff performances speak for themselves

        But wait, you said that Arod hasn’t done anything with the Yanks? Now I have to talk about how well he did with the Yanks while winning an MVP? Sure, let’s get some information!

        In ’07, he hit 54 home runs. While this in and of itself isn’t significant for Arod, it’s huge as a Yankee. Why you ask? Because he’s the first right handed hitter to hit 40 HR at YS since Dimaggio! That’s right, while YS (all iterations) are great for left handed power hitters, it was a death’s valley to left center thus leading to that stat. Arod also led the league in runs, SLG, RBI, OPS+ and OPS. Something Jeter has never come close to doing.

        Also, while yes Jeter has 3,000 hits, Arod will break that barrier too. But unlike Arod, Jeter won’t break 2000 RBI. Arod also has more runs than Jeter, even though Jeter was a leadoff hitter most of his career.

        Anything else I can inform you of?

    • daviddmsvcp - Oct 17, 2012 at 8:53 PM

      Why compare Jeter with A-Rod?

      FYI, Jeter hit .333 in the 2012 playoffs. A-POS, well, the manager decided to bench A-POS.

      Jeter has less natural ability that A-Rod :-) . But Jeter has not thing that Alex Rodriguiz does not have — mental toughness. To play pro ball, you need skills, and all the pros have skills. But to excel, you need mental toughness. You need to want it. You need to be hungry. You need desire.

      Jeter proved it last year. Remember? He was hitting bad. Very very bad. Like .230 ba. Looked like the end for #2. But Derek Jeter showed what he is really made of and he bounced back in the 2nd half of the season and this year he hit great. I’m no starry-eyed fan, but what Jeter did last year and this year shows that he is a true professional. We should all respect him for that.

      Alex Rodriguez, well, I’m not sure what is going through his mind.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:16 PM

        Do you people have short term memory loss? Arod had to hear about all these post season failures, then puts the entire team on his back in ’09? Now we again here he can’t hack it (even with multiple amazing offensive performances) because, I honestly don’t know….

      • daviddmsvcp - Oct 17, 2012 at 10:33 PM

        A-Rod is batting .130 in the playoffs. So yes, he is not hacking it.

    • pjmarn6 - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      Nbc is really deteriorating when it has to fire all its proof readers especially those who write the sports pages.
      The lead in to this article is the following: “HBT: Jeter to miss 4-5 months after surgery”

      Jeter will not miss 4-5 months of the 2013 baseball season as the lead in suggests. Jeter will need from the date of the surgery 4-5 months to recover from the operation, which puts the end in March.

      • pjmarn6 - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:09 PM

        correction “which puts the end of the 4-5 months towards the end in March.

  2. raysfan1 - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Nate–You get a pot of something, but it ain’t gold!

    • nategearhart - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      How ’bout a gift basket?

  3. raysfan1 - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    If the recovery is 5 months, that would be mid-March. Extended spring training/missing the start of the season is quite possible.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      He’ll probably be rehabbing and getting ready for Spring Training at the same time. Luckily for him it’s not like playing baseball requires you to run 5 miles or lift 500 lbs.

      • raysfan1 - Oct 17, 2012 at 8:53 PM

        Probably, but any setbacks and his 2013 will be affected. Actually, full healing from injuries like this is 2 years, so it will be affecting him anyway–I expect it to affect both his speed and quickness, at least in the early part of the year.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:17 PM

        Oh yeah, he better heal like wolverine to be ready for ’13 (ugh, unintentional rhyme time). Also, two year recovery for this injury? That sucks.

  4. 13arod - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    its a fractured an

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