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Jeter makes Yankees better, whenever he returns

Posted on: June 28, 2011 8:04 pm
NEW YORK -- The Yankees have been fine without Derek Jeter.

The Yankees are not better off without Derek Jeter.

There's a big difference.

Without Jeter, who will remain on the disabled list for at least the next few days with a strained right calf, the Yankees won nine of their first 12 games, heading into the series with the Brewers that began Tuesday night. They were 2 1/2 games behind the Red Sox when Jeter went on the DL, and they were a half-game ahead of the Red Sox when play began Tuesday.

They've gotten by fine, with Eduardo Nunez at shortstop, and with Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher in the leadoff spot. You could argue that they'd be better off with Jeter batting lower in the lineup when he returns (although manager Joe Girardi insists he won't do that).

It's a lot harder to make the argument that they're better off without Jeter in the lineup at all.

"Nunez has got the skills to play shortstop," said one scout who has watched the Yankees over the last week. "But the everyday consistency just isn't there."

Girardi seemed to be saying much the same thing Tuesday, when he was asked to compare the Yankees with and without Jeter.

"We think Nunie's got a bright future for us, but right now, he's not Derek," the manager said.

Tuesday was Jeter's 15th day on the DL, which means he's now eligible to rejoin the active roster at any time. That won't happen right away; Girardi said Jeter ran at only about 50-60 percent Tuesday at the Yankees complex in Tampa.

"We've got to see him run at 100 percent, and we've got to see him recover," Girardi said.

Girardi suggested that Jeter would then need to prove he's 100 percent for at least a couple of days, and also to go on a brief minor-league rehabilitation assignment. He certainly won't be back during the Brewers series this week, and the weekend series against the Mets at Citi Field seems somewhat doubtful, as well.

The Yankees go to Cleveland for three games beginning Monday, then come home to play the Rays in a four-game series before the All-Star break.

With Jeter stalled at 2,994 hits, there has been some thought that the Yankees would like to activate Jeter during the series with the Indians, giving him a decent chance to get to 3,000 at Yankee Stadium next week.

Girardi insisted the 3,000-hit chase won't figure into the decision.

"When he's ready, that's when we want him back," Girardi said. "We can't get caught up in where he gets the 3,000th hit. When he's ready, he's ready."

Is that really the way they think?

In this case, it might well be, for two reasons.

First, it's hard to imagine Jeter wanting to delay his return any longer than necessary.

"As soon as I can," he told the Associated Press in Tampa.

As soon as he can, he'll be back in the Yankee lineup, back on the road to 3,000 hits.

And no matter how many games they've won without him, the Yankees will be better off with him.

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Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 6:50 am

Jeter makes Yankees better, whenever he returns

This is a completely incoherent post. I would expect nothing more from a Mets fan.

Since: May 15, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 11:00 am

Jeter makes Yankees better, whenever he returns


Nobody is creating anything.  The media looks to make story lines so they can sell their advertisements.  They did it with Tiger Woods and King James when they were pre-maturely anointed "the greatest" of all-time.  So of course they are going to do some of that to piss off Jeter haters like yourself.  Nobody has ever labeled Jeter "the greatest Yankee"  (although he would be the SS on the best Yankee team) let alone the greatest MLB player in history. You write "Had Jeter been white..." What is that about?  In 2009 he hit .334 with .406 OBP, and a .465 slugging pct. White, black, orange or green, those are great numbers, and you want to bring race into it.  Out of New York?  you're out of your mind.  Traded in the Yankee tradition?  That's more of your BS.  Most players who are Yankees retire as Yankees.  Williams did it, Posada will do it.  Jeter will do it.  Mariano will do it.  Hopefully Cano will do it. When you say Jeter shouldn't have bee resigned this year you lose any thread of credibility that you may have had when you used the humorous comparison of the left crying global warming.  If the Yankees didn't sign him it would been one of the dumbest moves in the history of baseball.  Even worse than the Red Sox letting Fisk go the the White Sox and play more than a dozen seasons, and Wade Boggs go to the Yankees and win a World Series and get 3,000 hits with Tampa Bay. Legacies are created in baseball lore by longevity, the individual numbers put up, the team successes, and the great plays....Jeter has excelled in all four parameters.

Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 10:35 am

Jeter makes Yankees better, whenever he returns

I'm counting the hours that Jater will return!  Not!  I give hime credit for not being on the DL much for his career, that credit is as a baseball fan.  Because he is a Janky and in NY well, he becomes more larger than life, thanks NY media!

I can't wait until he gets back and brings the teram down...  how about starting him as a DH, he can get his 6 hits without working the calf as much. 

Since: Jun 6, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 10:20 am

Jeter makes Yankees better, whenever he returns

I agree. As a life long Yankees fan, it's hard to say it, but, the Yankees will be fine without Jeter and that they should not have given him a a four year deal, one year, maybe two tops (and only out of loyality to him). The Yankees should that their cues from the Green Bay Packers, letting Favre go in place of Rogers. Sometimes you just have to move on.

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