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The Yankees are said to be “close” to a new deal with Brendan Ryan and have been connected to several other infielders.
Besides the snark, the single year in the last five that Jeter did not play most of the innings behind Sabathia, his ERA was about a run-and-a-half worse than any other year since CC was a rookie.
To my mind Ryan is the perfect fit for this situation because you can have a two-headed SS with him there with the idea that Jeter plays as much as he can as long as he's able and allowing for rest, and Ryan plays all other times. You can bench Brendan Ryan and not have a team crisis. And Ryan is good enough defensively to justify playing full time.
Ray, what about a team crisis arising from Jeter being pulled for Ryan for late inning defense. Thers a gift basket that keeps on giving for the Jeter critics. I can't see the Yankees tolerating that kind of franchise icon tarnishing.
I'm saying that it's complete nonsense to try to assert the opposite.
but I don't think they've reached the conclusion that he's not a good defensive shortstop yet.
I'd be surprised if the Yankees didn't know that Jeter is not a good defensive shortstop at this point. The thing is, Nunez is possibly the worst defensive shortstop in organized baseball. Using Jeter as his defensive replacement is less an affirmation of Jeter than an indictment of Nunez.
The notion that the geniuses who post here know much more than the Yankees do about the defensive abilities of Derek Jeter (or of any other baseball player, actually) is humorous, in a pathetic and self-important sort of way.
To call #1 an "assertion" is probably pushing it. But if you want to peddle that stuff, you have to bring the data.
I'd say more, but Hal and we have hurt your feelings enough for one day by speaking frankly about Derek Jeter's SS abilities.
On Thursday, he is expected to announce that he will start his own publishing division, Jeter Publishing, a partnership with Simon & Schuster. Saying he had thought a lot about his future while recovering from injuries last season, he portrayed the move as a way to explore a project that combines his interests in business and content.
“I think this sort of sets the blueprint for postcareer,” said Jeter, fresh off a plane from Tampa, Fla., and wearing a loose black blazer and jeans during an interview at his agent’s Midtown office on Wednesday afternoon. “This is a great way to start.”
The publishing imprint will include nonfiction books for adults, like biographies and titles on business and lifestyle; children’s picture books; middle-grade fiction; and books for young children who are just learning to read. Jeter suggested the book enterprise might lead to other ways of presenting content, like films or television.
Jeter is -38 in fielding runs the last 3 years (2343 innings), that's about .15 runs per 9
Ryan is +53 over 3084 innings, also about .15 runs per game
so if you buy BBREF DWAR, Ryan over Jeter would be worth about .3 runs a game on the defensive side (45-50 runs on defense)
Over 32 starts, that comes out to about >9 runs, which (if we applied them all to his starts/innings) would lower CC's ERA this year from 4.78 to 4.37 (a difference of about 0.5).
Alexander is a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Teammate
Maybe this is the year they'll finally be right. Maybe not. Not. Dead. Yet.
Derek Jeter: Let me play shortstop, HAL.
HAL: I'm sorry, Derek. I'm afraid I can't do that.
Derek Jeter: What's the problem?
HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
Derek Jeter: What are you talking about, HAL?
HAL: This Yankees season is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
Derek Jeter: I don't know what you're talking about, HAL.
Hal: I see a good amendment of life in thee, from playing shortstop to DHing.
Jeter: Why, Hal, 'tis my vocation, Hal, 'tis no sin for a man to labour in his vocation.
I would guess the conversation between Hal and Jeter went something like this:
Gimpy with a Chance of Groundballs
Doesn't work that way
1: Ryan saves about 0.3 runs per 9 over Jeter, you can't allocate all that 0.3 to the 6-7 innings the starter pitches
2: That 0.3 Runs not 0.3 Earned Runs, so it's more like 0.28 earned runs per 9.
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