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Beane sees Jeter as forever young

As the captain turns 40, Billy Beane knows the SS is more valuable than stats show

Updated: June 25, 2014, 11:22 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

Around the time Derek Jeter passed his 35th birthday and made the hard turn towards 40, Billy Beane saw him as a cross between Benjamin Button and Peter Pan. You can understand why the general manager of the Oakland A's would come to view Jeter as a man who refused to grow old and as a ballplayer who would never surrender to his own mortality.

Long criticized by sabermetricians for flunking their exams on defense, Jeter, the glamorous shortstop of the gluttonous New York Yankees, was the ...

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