The Story of Derek Jeter
Derek Jeter’s story book career has come to an end filled with magical moments over the years. From the time he stepped on the field for the New York Yankees in 1995 to the end in 2014 all Derek Jeter did was make the organization better. Jeter who wore the number two didn’t need his name on his jersey to make him a better ball player.
Now that Jeter’s career is over we can take a look back and a look forward in what his career not only meant to the Yankees but the fans of the game as well as the greats to play the game. A career that was all made possible in the pinstripes after the Houston Astros elected to pass up him up in the 1992 draft. This opened up the door for the Yankees to select Jeter with the team’s sixth overall pick.
The accolades didn’t take long to start piling up for the Yankees shortstop after taking over the starting duties in 1996 under Joe Torre. In his first full season Jeter would finish with a .314 batting average along with 10 home runs, 78 runs batted in and 104 runs scored. The successful rookie season not only earned him the Rookie Of The Year award but also his first World Series Title.
The success would continue to follow Jeter along his career earning him 14 trips to the All-Star game, 5 World Series Titles, 5 Gold Gloves, 5 Silver Slugger awards and a World Series MVP award. The biggest of the achievements came in 2003 when he was announced the captain of the team something he would hold on to till the end of his career.
Along with the single season achievements the statiticis continued to amount over the years moving him up the Yankees leader board in hits, doubles, games played, stolen bases, times on bases, plate appearances and at bats. As his career came to an end in late September against the Boston Red Sox, Jeter would finish the Yankees all-time leader in all seven of those statitics.
For now the memories still hang close but the future is only bright for one of the greatest short stops to play the game. The next time we will hear his name called out it will come on that special day when he joins the likes of Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe Dimaggio and the other Yankees greats in the Hall Of Fame in Cooperstown!