Friday, January 15, 2010

How long can Derek Jeter play short?

Derek Jeter was the best shortstop of the 2000-2009 decade, according to the MLB Network. He may be the second greatest shortstop in baseball history, says
But people are starting to wonder how much longer he can play the position for the New York Yankees. Former Yankee Al Leiter called it the "big pink elephant" in the room.

Can the Yankee Captain stay at short beyond the 2010 expiration of his current contract? I wouldn't bet against him. He'll be 36 in June, well past the age that is considered the peak for a middle infielder. But Jeter takes incredible care of himself and is constantly working to improve his skills.
The Yankees would be in a real tough spot if they ever did want to move him. Given everything he's done for the team, he's earned the right to keep playing short as long as he wants. Ultimately, it has to be his decision to move to another position. Jeter is a team guy and would probably make the move if he thought it could help the club. But he is an extremely confident guy and he probably believes he's best suited to play shortstop for the New York Yankees until he retires.

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