Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Derek Jeter, please retire.
Ok, I know that is never going to happen. He has this year and two more years left on his current contract. But he is really killing the team. Jeter's chase for 3,000 hits is a great story but overshadows how badly his play has slipped recently.
After an 0-5 tonight, he is batting a sparkling .219. It's early, you say? While I have not seen all of his at bats, I have seen enough games this year to know this might be more than "just a slump". Seemingly every ball he hits is a grounder to shortstop or second base. All of his hits are of the infield variety or seeing eye grounders. I think I've seen him hit one line drive and it was caught by the right fielder. If Jeter's poor batting continues, Girardi will have no choice but to drop him in the lineup. I say he should have been dropped to 9th in the order already. Torre dropped A-rod in the playoffs to 8th in the order years back and that was for a much smaller sample of at-bats than Jeter is afforded. If Jeter was really a team player, he would not bitch about it but you know he will, because Jeter is a diva just like the women he dates (see Carey, Mariah).