Re: is JETER a top 5 Yankee or a top 5 all-time SS?
posted at 2/17/2014 9:17 AM EST
In response to ThatWasMe's comment:
In response to notin's comment:
In response to Joebreidey's comment:
5. Derek Jeter 71.6 11968 6. Yogi Berra 59.4 8350 7. Bill Dickey 55.9 7064
That's what I was talking about.
Dickey has 1 WAR per 126 PAs.
Yogi has 1 WAR per 141 PAs.
Jeter has 1 WAR per 167 PAs.
Where Jeter ranks as a Yankee is another big question in my mind.
The top 4 are etched in stone, song and story. But that fifth spo has a few names, and somehow the only pitcher's name to ever arise in the discussion is Mariano.
FRom a popularity standpoint, Jeter haa huge advantage, but do not forget a lot of the great Yankee pitchers like Whitey Ford and the incredibly underrated tandem of Herb Pennock and Carl Mays (who were both nearly as significant Frazee sales as Ruth). I rank these three ahead of most of the other greats like Gomez and Ruffing.
Why Jeter ahead of HOFers Ford and Pennock? Or "Should Be HOF" Carl Mays?
I like the Dickey mention. Also, do not forget some great middle infielders like Lazeri and Joe Gordon. Unlike Jeter, Gordon won an MVP...
Because Jeter is one one of the greatest hitters of all time.
Because if healthy this season Jeter passes the MLB SS hit leader of all time Honus Wagner.
After 2014 all-time SS hit leader Derek Jeter.
Gordan had a short career ended with less than 1600 hits less than half of what Jeter currently has.
Passing Wagner in hits is merely a function of longevity. Jeter is not close to Wagner as an overall hitter.