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Derek Jeter: the World’s 11th Greatest Leader

Mar 26, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

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Not sports’ 11th greatest leader. Not baseball’s. The World’s. According to Fortune anyway. He’s a few notches behind the Dalai Lama and a couple slots ahead of the managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

His bonafides:

As he begins his 20th and final season in pinstripes, Jeter remains the type of role-model player that even a Red Sox fan must grudgingly respect. It’s not the five World Series rings he’s won or his team record for career hits. In a steroid-tainted, reality-TV era, Jeter, the son of two Army veterans, continues to stand out because of his old-school approach: Never offer excuses or give less than maximum effort.

I feel like Forbes has never seen any of Jeter’s milquetoast and even relativistic (i.e. pretty reasonable) comments about PED users in baseball, but I suppose one can approach leadership in any way one wants.


  1. renaado - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    😀 !! This picture says it all. Truly an amazing athlete Derek Jeter is.

  2. anotheryx - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    pffft…. he has NOTHING on Bono

  3. Rich Stowe - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    well, the Yankees are America’s most valuable sports franchise (2.5 billion) and Jeter is the on-field leader, so I can understand his inclusion in this list (plus his charitable work through his foundation)…

    then however, I remember that baseball is just a game and remember that no athlete should be on a list of world leaders…

    • hk62 - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      Second most valuable – Dallas Cowboys (and Jerry built the stadium, not the local tax payers)…

      • ditto65 - Mar 26, 2014 at 8:21 PM

        What do cow pokes have to do with this?
        They herd cattle, yes. But they also herd sheep.
        Drops them a few notches.

  4. schlom - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    I read this in Verducci’s column yesterday:

    “(Jeter) has played in 2,602 games with the Yankees and only one of them was a meaningless game in which his team was mathematically eliminated.”

    At first I thought this was impossible but the Yankees have only missed the playoffs twice since he joined the team – last year (when he missed most of September) and 2008 (when he only played in one of the final five games which is the game in question).

    Of course there are probably some players that were on the 1991-2005 Braves for a time or on some of the earlier Yankees teams that could make the same claim but none that have played nearly as long as Jeter.

    • moogro - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      That’s amazing. +10 VORC (value over replacement comment)

  5. unclemosesgreen - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Too bad he’s only the world’s 45th best shortstop.

    • Matt D - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      Too bad he leads all shortstops in hits and rings.

      • spursareold - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        Too bad shortstop DH.

    • bwadams12 - Mar 26, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      As a Sox fan, even I’ll admit he’s top 10 all time… right now, yeah, he’s maybe 30-45 in the league because he’s been playing for like 20 years, but you can’t honestly say he wasn’t one of the best.

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 26, 2014 at 7:26 PM

        Today he’s #45

      • bwadams12 - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:20 PM

        I mean, come 3 years time when (if) the Sox take the club option on Ortiz’s contract, he’s not going to be anything close to what he has been in the past, but that’s not to say he’s bad, and certainly not to say he’ll be a bad leader then, that’s just how age works…

  6. deathmonkey41 - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Well, he’s never been caught with drugs, beat a young girl to death with a golf club, raped anyone on the beach, or drove a chick off a bridge while drunk and then run away…so he certainly doesn’t garner a Kennedy-type leadership title.

  7. djpostl - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    “I feel like Forbes has never seen any of Jeter’s milquetoast and even relativistic (i.e. pretty reasonable) comments about PED users in baseball”

    Coming from a writer who does nothing but make excuses for every PED using scumbag out there this means… nothing.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      Comments like these which imply that a PED user — even a merely suspected one — is not entitled to a defense of any kind does far more to show your extremism than it does mine.

      • bklynbaseball - Mar 27, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        Well said, Craig. Anybody remember the part about innocent until PROVEN guilty?

  8. kalinedrive - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Comments like the ones above from deathmonkey41 and djpostl make me spend more time on other sites. Congratulations, your assholery did not go unnoticed.

  9. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    I want Jeter to be my investment broker once he retires. Even if he bombs with his picks (highly unlikely) he could always just touch some stuff, thereby turning it to gold and making me my money back. Everyone wins!

    • cackalackyank - Mar 26, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      Just have him autograph a few hats or something. That’ll be worth a nice chunk o change some day

  10. kevinbnyc - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    The pope seems like a good guy and all, but he’s only been on the job for a year, and he only has that one measly pinky ring. Talk to me when he’s 20 years in and has 5 rings.

  11. Jason @ IIATMS - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Holy crap, this is limited to LEADERS? I thought he was ranked the 11th best HUMAN F’CKING BEING and I was gonna cry “he wuz robbed”!

    Derek Jeter will cure every disease and feed every orphan (via his own breast) once he’s done saving the Yankees backside this year, by playing in 187 games.

    • hk62 - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      I literally LOL’d!

    • cackalackyank - Mar 26, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      Actually, quality human beings are easier to find than quality leaders nowadays.

  12. jayquintana - Mar 26, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    I like Jeter, but, come on. The responsibilities of a professional athlete is far less than that of the leader of a country or a corporation. The way Jeter has conducted himself as a professional is admirable, but what major decisions has he had to make?

    • cackalackyank - Mar 26, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      Hey, gift basket selection is a daunting, daunting task.

  13. musketmaniac - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    if what your saying is true, During 911 why did they attack the twin towers, when they had the great Yankee Stadium to go after. Al queda most be scared of the ghost of the yankee clipper. Not that I’m trying to label the redsox co-conspirators.

  14. happytwinsfan - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    if jeter has a realistic self awareness, which he seems to, he must be dumbfounded by the extremes of this hero worship.

  15. dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Does that make A-Rod “history’s greatest monster”? Or does that title still belong to Jimmy Carter?

  16. wichitachiefsfan - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Saying Jeter is the 11th best (world leader) is proof that people shouldn’t use drugs that rot the brain.

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