Where Jeter ranks in history
By Jon Lane
Derek Jeter passing Lou Gehrig on the Yankees’ all-time hits list may not make him the greatest to wear the pinstripes, but while on the express train to the Hall of Fame, Jeter is compiling a case to be considered among the finest shortstops to ever play baseball – if not the best. Watching how Jeter handled the accolades, and how his approach to the business of winning never changes, confirmed that he’s the classiest player in uniform today.
Here’s how Jeter stacks up with the great shortstops of yesteryear:
21–Honus Wagner, Cal Ripken, Jr.
20–Luke Appling, Joe Cronin, George Davis, Robin Yount.
19–Ernie Banks, Ozzie Smith
17–John Montgomery Ward, Hughie Jennings
16–Dave Bancroft, Pee Wee Reese
15–DEREK JETER, Joe Tinker, Lou Boudreau, Travis Jackson.
14–Joe Sewell, Arky Vaughn
GAMES PLAYED AT SHORTSTOP
? Banks played more games at 1B than SS.
? Ripken played almost 700 games at 3B and DH.
? Yount played half his games in the outfield.
Jeter actually ranks NUMBER ONE ALL-TIME for hits AS A SHORTSTOP. (already) I think this is more signficant than becoming the all-time Yankee hits leader. But this is really just an opportunity for all of us to stop and pay homage to a great player in mid-career. If he stays healthy we can only imagine where he will wind up by the time he’s done. And yes, his reaction to it all was pure class. How many guys today would check with the other team before tipping his cap to the crowd at a moment like that?