LBJackal wrote:You really want me to say it again?
Put any SS with a .310 BA in Jeter's spot and they would have done just as well.
The team would have done just as well? Well then how come we can get rid of Tino Martinez and replace him with former MVP and all-star Jason Giambi, replace Mariano Duncan!! with Alfonso Soriano a young stud, and marquee player, replace Tim Raines with Hideki Matsui, the greatest player in all of Japan, and not to mention upgrade our pitching staff TREMENDOUSLY....AND STILL NOT WIN??Please explain to me that with all the great players the Yankees have added, they haven't won a championship yet.
I'd love to see them replace Jeter in 1996 and win the world series. It would never have happened. Don't kid yourself, Jeter rode the coattails of NO ONE.
If Jeter lead the team in 1996, and he's just so good at doing it, how come he can't lead this team too?
ajgnydc722, you are vastly underrating that 1996 offense. Calling it "mediocre" is a far cry from what it actually was. They were 3rd in the AL in OBP. Mariano Duncan hit .340 that year, higher than Soriano ever has, or, for that matter, anyone on the Yankees in 2003. Paul O'Neill had a .411 OBP. Pettitte was a 20-game winner that year. The team had the 5th best ERA in the AL. They were in the top 5 of the league in:
Hits Allowed (1)
HR Allowed (1)
Runs Allowed (3)
The names may be better, but the production is about the same. Don't fool yourself.
Jeter is still overrated.