June 18, 2021

What makes Yankees Derek Jeter a unique Hall of Fame case (Pinstripe Alley)


It’s Hall of Fame season, and as usual, I am so excited for all of The Discourse we’re going to get exposed to over the next six weeks. Like last year, this year’s class of eligible baseball greats hits particularly close to home for Yankee fans, with Bobby Abreu, Jason Giambi, and Alfonso Soriano all being added to the ballot, alongside a guy you may have heard of: Derek Jeter.

Jeter, the captain, the shortstop of the New York Yankees, a player who was perhaps more famous than he was good, and he was extremely good. It’s not really worth recounting his career résumé, we know he’s a Hall of Famer, he’s going in on the first ballot, and has a shot at becoming just the second player to ever be unanimously inducted after Mariano Rivera last year.

But Hall of Fame time is a point to reflect on a player’s career. The reason the five-year waiting period exists is so we can evaluate a player with a little more perspective. Again, there will be enough columns coming about objective reviews of Jeter’s career, and that’s left a gap for me to explore.

Jeter is perhaps the best example of a player who is simultaneously overrated and underrated. No modern baseball…

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