Saturday, December 4, 2010
Now Jeter just has to perform
Now that it appears that Derek Jeter will be a New York Yankee for at least the next three seasons, he’ll in all likelihood become the team's all-time leader in games played (106 behind Mickey Mantle) and stolen bases (three shy of Rickey Henderson). He's already the franchise's all-time leader in hits.
Assuming he stays healthy, the Elias Sports Bureau tells us that next season will Jeter will become the 15th player in major-league history to record 3,000 hits with one team. (He's currently at 2,926.)
From 1995-2010, Jeter averaged 194.3 hits per season. If he's able to maintain that rate over the next three years, Jeter will have close to 3,500 hits -- only Ty Cobb, Stan Musial and Hank Aaron would have more with one franchise.
While Jeter will make a reported $51 million over the next three seasons, Miguel Tejada received a one-year deal with the World Series champion San Francisco Giants for $6.5 million earlier this week. Despite the disparity in salary, Jeter and Tejada have put up similar numbers in recent years.
Jeter has won back-to-back American League Gold Glove awards; however, according to Baseball Info Solutions, Jeter ranked as the fourth-worst shortstop in 2010 in defensive runs saved (-14). His Wins Above Replacement (WAR) was ninth among shortstops in MLB, behind such players as Stephen Drew, Cliff Pennington and Juan Uribe.
So while it’s no surprise that Jeter will be back in the Bronx, he is coming off one of his worst seasons offensively.
In 2010, Jeter hit:
• .246 vs. right-handed pitching (worst of any full season)
• .246 on road (worst of any full season)
• .265 in 2nd half (worst of any full season)
• .271 with runners in scoring position
(second straight season under .280 after three years of at least .300)
• .237 with runners on base (worst of any full season)
• .244 with two outs (worst of any full season)
(Scott Beaman contributed to this post.)