Dude86 wrote:Jeter's hype and fame is because of 3 things
1. Good Looks
2. He plays for the New York Yankees
3. Clutch postseason performance
Been away for a few weeks, and look what i find with my 1st post of the night.
I agree DJ is overrated, because NYY fans think he has a good glove, and the notion he's been clutch. But when comparing him to other ss in history, he's a future HOF ss. Ripken is overrated because of streak, but underrated as a ss. I think Cal is the 3rd best ss ever. As was stated, DJ OPS+ is better, but Cal's numbers dropped alot after age 30. Before 30, he was better then DJ is at 30.
I only counted the OPS for Ripken's first 8 years compared to Jeters. I realized his age would hurt his stats so I took his first 8 years in the bigs.
I can admit Jeter is overpayed for the stats he puts up. But as a Yankee fan I'd gladly pay that price for the things that don't show up on the stat sheet like leadership and the fact that he has been the soul of this team leading us to world series after world series.
Saying Jeter is the 7th best shortstop IS talking about fantasy. You say you are talking about real life however you mention people who have had 1 or 2 good years. Jeter's been doing it since he stepped foot on the diamond. To say you'd take Renteria or Furcal over him is using fantasy baseball and strictly statistics for only a couple years as your backup.