How Jeter ranks among offensive shortstops
Offensively, Jeter was just flat out better than guys like Barry Larkin, Robin Yount, Miguel Tejada, George Davis and Cal Ripkin Jr. Players like Nomar Garciaparra and Arky Vaughan lacked consistency and longevity, and likely wouldn’t have blown Jeter out of the water anyway. Hanley Ramirez, Troy Tulowitzki, and Jose Reyes still have the rest of their careers ahead of them, and are a long way away from Jeter’s accomplishments. And A-Rod and Ernie Banks didn’t play shortstop exclusively, somewhat excluding themselves from consideration here.
Yankees could be in for a playoff struggle despite a pack of flawed contenders
We all know the postseason is a crapshoot, but these Yankees have showed some serious flaws in recent weeks, the exact kind that could make them vulnerable against teams such as the Tigers, Angels or even the A’s.
Just like that, New York Yankees upgrade their starting rotation
So think through what just happened here. For 12 relaxing months, any time all of us baseball geniuses were asked what we thought about the Yankees, we could just push our favorite knee-jerk-analysis button and answer: “Who the heck’s going to pitch on the nights CC Sabathia doesn’t?”
Uh-oh. So much for that.