Can’t let the regular season end without a post about Derek Jeter.
Obviously this season was a step down from his overall numbers, but not much of one. At 38 years old, Jeter had a year perfectly in keeping with his Hall of Fame career. He had his second-most home runs since 2005, his most doubles since 2007 and he came three away from matching his career high in hits. The most telling numbers, though, might have been these: 740 plate appearances, 683 at-bats and 159 games.
Jeter played well enough to stay at the top of the order, and he stayed healthy enough to remain in the lineup.
“Remarkable,” Joe Girardi said. “I think exceeding everyone’s expectations. His leadership, his ability to play hurt. A guy at 38 isn’t supposed to get, I don’t know how many plate appearances he had, 700 maybe? That’s not supposed to happen unless you’re maybe a DH. He played shortstop every day. He played hurt. It’s truly remarkable. For me, it’s one of the greatest seasons I’ve ever seen considering all the factors.”
Girardi expected less from Jeter?
“I don’t mean the fact that he hit over .300,” Girardi said. “But the fact that he was able to get so many at-bats and stay out there every day exceeded my expectations. I talked about wanting to get him days off, I DHed him sometimes, but I had to play him more in the field than I probably wanted to just because of the some of the things we were going through. That’s where he exceeded my expectations.”
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