First of all, while some overrate Jeter's ability to deliver in the clutch, I HATE when people say Jeter is overrated, and isn't really that great. Those people don't watch Jeter play, and simply go by stats to determine how good he really is.
First off, I want to talk about his fielding. I think Marver, who started this thread, said "let's face it, jeter simply isn't a good fielding shortstop." That is such utter bullsh*t it's not even funny. I could not care less about the specific statistics about his range factor and what not, if you watch Jeter play, you would understand how good of a fielder he really is. I'm just wondering, did anyone see the play he made at the end of the Yanks/Red Sox game about a week ago? I think Mariano was pitching, and Jeter got to a ball in the hole that VERY few SSs in the league today would get to. He has a great arm, and always gives it his all on every play.
As for his hitting, look at the numbers he is posting this year. Can you say MVP? He puts the ball in play and although his power will never be incredible, he does in fact come through in the clutch, and this year is driving in an incredible amount of runs. As of four days ago, his pace was: .353, 18 hrs, 123 rbis, 130 runs, and 32 SBs. Will he end up with those totals? Most likely not, and if he did there wouldn't really be any contest for MVP. But my point is lets not act like his career is over and he is past his prime. He will have 3000+ hits, and that's something that I believe no yankee has ever done.
Is he better than Mantle? Of course not, mantle was one of the top 5 or 6 players of all time, but I'm just saying Jeter is going to be up there by the time his career is all said and done, and I'm SICK of people saying he is overrated, a poor fielder, and undeserving of everything he has achieved over the years.