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Cal Ripken would rather have Derek Jeter’s career than his own

Apr 2, 2014, 1:07 PM EDT

I can see wanting Jeter’s money. And his female companionship. And five World Series rings over one is pretty obvious. OK, my original reaction of “Oh, really?” is actually kind of dumb now that I think about it.

  1. js20011041 - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    I’d rather have his “dating” career.

    • joeflaccosunibrow - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      I am certain that is what he was referring to.

    • taftfan88 - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      I’d rather have one stable relationship, to be honest.

  2. coachmalik - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    With all due respect to The Streak, Cal is absolutely right

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Does Cal have his own cologne? Exactly.

    I look forward to some Baltimore sports writer calling Cal a traitor (or trader) for essentially saying he wishes he were a Yankee.

  4. cohnjusack - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Jeter was a bit better of an offensive player. Not by a ton, but better (remember to adjust for era when comparing kids).
    Defensively…well, Ripken was one of the greatest defensive shortstops in the game’s history (and impossibly only has two gold gloves, showing how absurd that is to judge a players defensive prowess). Jeter was…not. Overall, Ripken out-WARs Jeter by a pretty hefty margin, mostly because of the enormous defensive gap.

    Jeter got to be a part of an epic Yankee dynasty, got in the playoffs virtually every season, is a part of some postseason highlights that will be played into eternity.

    Even though Ripken had a bit better of a career, I too would take Jeter’s.

    • forsch31 - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      Things you learn….according to dWAR (defensive wins above replacement level), Ozzie Smith was the greatest defensive shortstop of his era.

      Right behind him? Cal.

  5. hammyofdoom - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Honestly, just looking at regular season and defense, I’d take Cal Ripken’s career hands down. Defense, power, 2 MVPS (even if he didn’t do himself any favors by playing through injuries the later half of his career, which dragged him down a bit).

    But Jeter and 5 World Series in New York AND his dating life? Yeah…That would tip me towards Jeet

    • nickdesposito - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      In fairness, Jeter should have won MVP in 06 and possibly in 09. So, their achievements could have been a lot closer. Although Ripken did have more power.

      • cohnjusack - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:06 PM

        Jeter ranked 10th and 8th in WAR those two years respectively. Really, he shouldn’t have won it either year. 06 wouldn’t have been a bad choice…but 2009?!? Remember, there was a catcher who hit .365 with a 1.031 OPS that year.

        Furthermore, Ripken was far and away the best player in 1984 as well and somehow ranked 27th in what has to be one of the worst MVP votes of all time (Willie Hernandez won! Willie Hernandez!!).

      • Kevin S. - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:21 PM

        Jeter was essentially tied for second among position players in fWAR in 2006 (third if you count pitchers).

      • Kevin S. - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        He was also basically tied for first in 1999 among players who didn’t put up the greatest pitching season of all time.

        Fun fact: Pedro posted a 2.07 ERA that year while having a .323 BABIP!!!

  6. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    I can see my fellow Orioles fans going bonkers over this, and I can certainly see the local media making a big stink over this, but when you really think about it, he has a point. The admiration levels are about the same, but Derek came with more money, more endorsements, and more championships.

    Now, I would take Cal’s skills and stats over Dereks. But Derek wins out on the end game.

  7. seanb20124 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Cal was born 10 years early, and not playing in a major media market. Probably missed out on $300 million lifetime earnings.

    • DJ MC - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      In 1992, on his 32nd birthday, he signed the largest contract in baseball history. ~$6 million a year.

      In 22 years, that has quintupled.

  8. aceshigh11 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    I think Ripken would rather have Jeter’s hair at this point.

    • largebill - Apr 3, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      and that’s just sad.

  9. Earnest Christian - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Reblogged this on Earnest Christian presents The OpinioNation | Sports and Pop Culture.

    • chinahand11 - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      Please stop. Don’t you realize you drive people away with this approach? And it is prideful. Stop it.

  10. miguelcairo - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Is it weird that I find Dan Patrick bearable?

  11. mybrunoblog - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Put aside stats,mvp’s etc. Both Ripken and Jeter have had long successful HOF type careers but Jeter has 5 championships and Ripken has one. That’s why Ripken is envious of Jeters career. Who wouldn’t be? The object is to win championships.

  12. tomtravis76 - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Cal is really only talking about the post season. Most players want a shot at a ring each season and most seasons in bmore he just didn’t get that chance.

    When you think of Baltimore, cal is brought up either first or right behind ravens, blue crabs,natty boh and the star spangled banner.NYC is just too big with so much going on and an amazing history that Jeter might be around 5th when you get into a conversation about the Yankees.

  13. genericcommenter - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    He wanted to date the string of babes instead of worrying about his wife and Kevin Costner.

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