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Derek Jeter has been one of the worst everyday players in baseball

Jun 9, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

The retirement gifts are nice, but Derek Jeter‘s farewell tour has been a disaster from a baseball perspective. Buster Olney looked at the numbers this morning and they’re not pretty:

For Derek Jeter, the struggles continue: His OPS is down to .612, which ranks 154th out of 167 players. He is 164th of 167 in slugging percentage. He has two extra-base hits in the last 32 days.


I guess it could be worse. Of the qualified players with a worse OPS than him, four of them are shortstops. And the various non-qualifying players the Tigers have used at short have been worse than all of them. So I guess even in his diminished state Jeter still profiles as a major league shortstop.

But man, it’s hard to see someone of his stature slumming with the Adeiny Hechavarrias and Zack Cosarts of the world.

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  1. gymtruthteller - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Yet he will be given a free pass to the all star game and made MVP for doing nothing just like Rivera. This game is a joke.

    • jgenerico - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      turns out he helped win the game…2 hits run scored…hahahahah

  2. mazblast - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Any predictions on which NL pitcher will be ordered to throw him a meatball to hit for his Disneyfied ASG home run, probably with the theme music to “Chariots of Fire” playing? They did it for Cal, they did it for Mariano, they can and will do it for Captain Intangibles.

    • juanvinny - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      They are going to set it on a tee for him…

  3. hbk72777 - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    People need to shove OPS, WAR and the rest up their ass.

    It’s his last year, he’s not getting benched, STFU and enjoy the show.

    • blindredhat - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      The results are in, and sabermetrics have won the battle. Thirty out of 30 teams now have decision science and advanced metrics departments. Advanced performance analysis is never going backwards. It will always move forward. Case closed.

  4. chessmkr1 - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Damn, Buster, I thought you were smarter than that. Yeah the numbers are down, but his ankle is holding up and he’s in the line up, more than can be said for some of the other fat cats on the team who go on the dl if they get wrinkle in their batting glove.

    He deserves to be in the lineup, although I have no idea why he and Ichiro dont switch places in the batting order. The idiot that manages the team, at least he moved Solarte up. The lazy and undisciplined manner of play and attitudes the Yankees have represented is a direct manifestation of the hapless manager Joe Girardi, why aren’t you calling him out? Furthermore, their entire training staff needs to be replaced. I’ve given up on this season and it makes me sick to see them destroying Tanaka too. I’m hoping the Dodgers continue to suck so they fire Mattingly and he can return home where he belongs, Girardi had a good run, way past due for him to go now (along with the training staff). A manager with a style like Mattingly is the only thing the Yankees need right now…and a couple players who can hit the ball out of the infield.

  5. novemberreign - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Lel all these kids tryna troll Jetes

    Even 12 year olds can use Baseball-Reference and heavily modify WordPress to make fun blogs like this one, Craig Calcaterra. It’s always nice to see a 5-minute effort by a “professional” on a glorified blog that can’t even get its IT department to give them an original web design

  6. WT Dufrane - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    It could be worse…..he could be Dan Uggla

  7. jgenerico - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    …meanwhile Jeters up to .280 and all is numbers are recovery nicely…avg 2 hits a game for the last month. Can’t believe the idiots who write this crap in June (and the ones who comment) then look like the jackass club a few months later….PS: Yeah, he went to the allstar game and got two hits and scored a run…Idiots.

  8. soberlyf - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Sorry Craig, he’s on a roll, and what’s more, if they make the playoffs, imagine how many other players you’d want with runners on and the game on the line before Jeter? Nothing trumps experience in October, nothing. I’d take Jeter on my team over even Abreu, a .325 BA and 40 HR means nothing unless you can do it in October, look up how many rookies put up monster numbers then.

  9. mathias42 - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Many internet writers aspire to idiocy, but few can match the pure, unadulterated crap fed to on-line victims that this so-called “writer” is handing out. Derek Jeter, like every other Hall of Fame-caliber ballplayer, shall be judged not by slugging percentage, but total hits; not by recently contrived stats like WAR and OPS, but by World Series championships. Is he the same player at 40 that he was at 30? Of course not…now on to new business. But the Captain has brought to his trade something that this writer (his name does not merit repeating) apparently never will…class.

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