April 18, 2021

Here’s where Derek Jeter really ranks among MLB’s all-time greatest shortstops (ESPN)


For years on the internet, there was a sizable cottage industry built on the claim that Derek Jeter was overrated. In the five years since Jeter retired, new takes in that vein have grown sparse. And don’t we miss them? This week, with Jeter falling just short of becoming the second player to win unanimous selection to the Hall of Fame, we’ve seen a minor revival of this old genre. Maybe one of those old pieces caused the lone holdout among the voters to lose his or her grip on reality.

Maybe the no-Jeter voter was right. He clearly would have been the most overrated unanimous Hall of Famer. There was an overwhelming consensus last year that Jeter’s former teammate Mariano Rivera was the game’s best relief pitcher ever. The few detractors about Rivera’s Hall candidacy were those who believe relief pitchers have no place in Cooperstown. But if you are going to include relievers, there’s no argument against Rivera being enshrined. He was the best ever at what he did. No one ever credibly referred to Rivera as overrated.

Few claim that Jeter is the best shortstop ever, but there are some who make that argument — loudly. When the analysis and think pieces about Jeter’s defense began…

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