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Video: Derek Jeter makes a leaping grab at shortstop

Aug 5, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

Watch as Derek Jeter robs Miguel Cabrera of a base-hit on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium …

Jeter didn’t have to move too far or jump too high, but that’s a quick reaction from the retiring 40-year-old.

  1. Uncle Charlie - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    It’s bad enough that ESPN is covering the Yankees ad nauseam.

  2. miguelcairo - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    What a rocket.

  3. drewzducks - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Leaping? Too funny. Nice play but Larry Bird had and still has better hops.

  4. corky2141 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    BREAKING NEWS! Derek Jeter hit a single

    • 4cornersfan - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Jeter slash line: .277/.330/.333/.663. Unless your shortstop is named Tulowitzki or
      Gordon he’s not doing a lot better.

  5. missthemexpos - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    One last Gold Glove?

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      aw man, now that you said it, they’re gonna give it to him… again…

      it will be the voters gift to him like all the teams are giving him in his last appearance there

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:11 PM

        GG, MVP,CY,silver slugger.

        One last gift from the fawning press.

  6. drewsylvania - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    That’s nearly a routine play for a lot of other shortstops

  7. barrywhererufrom - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Yeah Meets!!

  8. garypagetwo - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    who cares

    • billiam55 - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      f(a)g. u do. u clicked on the article. and cared enough to actually make a comment,

  9. miguelcairo - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Haters galore.

  10. SocraticGadfly - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    This video sponsored by Derek Jeter’s $100 junk protectors.

  11. mikhelb - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    overrated!!!!!! by playing with the yankees MLB gave him free hits and and and and overrated!!!

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      How does one get free hits?

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:45 PM

        Can I get them on Black Friday this year you think?

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:06 AM

        Not only is he receiving free hits…he is apparently overrated to the 4th power!

      • 4cornersfan - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        I used to get them in college when I went over to my dealer’s house.

  12. tosevite - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    He’s no great. He’s not awesome. But? He IS ONE OF THE MOST RELIABLE PLAYERS WE’VE SEEN.
    Tip your hat. Everybody would love this guy on their team…

  13. corky2141 - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    He was great! He was awesome! He would have been loved by all if he were on their team but now he is a 20+ million dollar going away sideshow. He will be the perfect man for great arguments when he comes up for the Hall in 5 years. A star, a compiler, a longevity steady as ever reliable player with a bunch of rings. Did he play too long? Probably, but he deserved it.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      Please tell me you’re joking. He will be a first ballot consensus Hall of Famer.

    • 4cornersfan - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      A compiler? Pete Rose was a compiler with his .250 average the last 6 or 7 years. Jeter has a .330 OBP at 40 and led the league in hits 2 years ago when he was 38. Get your mother to help you with the numbers next time.

  14. tosevite - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Play too long? Old bastards still putting up better #’s than half the shortstops in the league.

    • scruffmagee - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      LOL. Among qualified AL SS, he’s 9th out of 11 in WAR. Among all ML qualified SS, he’s 19th out of 24. A far cry from better than half

  15. deathmonkey41 - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    He should have charged the mound when that fat bastid Chamberlin hit him- that would have been great. Of course he would have bounced all the wa back to home plate, but it still would have been awesome.

  16. deathmonkey41 - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    He should have charged the mound when that fat bastid Chamberlin hit him- that would have been great. Of course he would have bounced all the way back to home plate, but it still would have been awesome.

  17. jimmyt - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Lets see now, what does Jeter rhyme with?

  18. thomasgarvey - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    I still think Jeter should change to pitching, extend that career a year or two. He could come in for the 8th and would have a decent low 90’s fastball. Maybe Mariano could teach him the cutter.

  19. stlouis1baseball - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    You think this catch was good? You should see him tie his shoes. Simply flawless.

  20. lukedunphysscienceproject - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Thank you for your daily Jeter post. I don’t know what these ridiculous haters would do without their daily outlet.

    Yes, you’re right haters- a player with 5 time Gold Gloves, 5 time Silver Sluggers, a World Series MVP, and 5 rings who is going to finish his career 6th all-time in hits who is ranked 5th amongst AL short stops in hitting at age 40 is no doubt an over rated loser who wouldn’t even be famous if he didn’t play in NY.

    Of course.

    • bigmeechy74 - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      The gold gloves are a sham. Everyone knows that. And the “rings” thing is ridiculous. he is one guy. Rings have nothing to do with individual players. Barry Bonds never won a ring and no one thinks jeter was better than him. Willie Mays was on one world series team. Does anyone with a brain say “Jeter had five rings, Mays only had one!!! Haha jeter is better!”

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:46 AM

        You’re right, he’s terrible.

  21. buddaley - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    I don’t know how one determines that a player is over or under-rated, but I think it reasonable to consider Jeter among the top 10 shortstops ever to play the game. And that would put him among the greatest players ever.

    What criteria do you want to use? By shortstop WAR, he is 9th overall, and that is by considering Alex Rodriguez and Robin Yount shortstops. (I am using BB-Ref figures.) In offensive WAR among shortstops, he is 3rd all-time behind Wagner and Alex Rodriguez, and 20th all-time among all players. His career OBP is .379, 10th all time among shortstops, again including Rodriguez ahead of him.

    Someone in another thread called him a singles hitter. That may be true in 2014, but for 15 consecutive years he hit double figure home runs each season, with 20+ three times and 18-19 four other times. His career slugging % is .442, pretty good for a shortstop as is his ISO of 131 and his OPS+ of 116. And he also stole 356 bases at a 78.76% rate, an elite success rate in that category.

    Whether or not one is put off by the extravagant praise and hype, Jeter the player nicely fits in among the all-time greats. His defense is at best suspect, and more probably poor, but not so bad as to make him a bad player overall, and his offense at that position boosts his value greatly. He has not been simply a compiler or a steady ball player. He has had three seasons of WAR between 6.5-8 and 8 more at 4+. That is the mark of a great player in his prime, and his durability and steadiness are pluses, not negatives.

    We can mock all we want, but his selection as captain so early in his career is at least another bit of evidence that he does indeed have some special quality that mattered, at least to his teammates. If the media coverage has gone over the top into idolatry and nonsense, it does not alter the fact that Jeter has drawn such admiration by his actions, his demeanor and his performance. To say differently is akin to criticizing the attention paid to Babe Ruth by noting that he did not actually hit home runs on request from hospitalized children.

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