Despite Derek Jeter’s early-season success, his talents have been hugely over-rated throughout his career

Published on: 4th June, 2009

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New York – These pages have often been delirious in its pronouncements of the overvaluation of Derek Jeter’s talents by the simple fact of his being a key player (not THE key player, mind you) on the sports best-known, best-covered franchise in the nation’s biggest media market. The New York Yankees have benefited from the dozens of local, national, and international reporting conducted around the team on a daily basis and in many cases, its players have also enjoyed the fruits of that coverage in ways that enable their on-the-field talents to seem bigger than life when in fact, many of these pinstriped players have just been good, but not great players.

Jeter has probably been the biggest beneficiary of the press clippings that have come along with being a starting shortstop as a rookie in 1996, at the outset of the Yankee “dynasty” that ended just five years later with the teams’ last world championship in 2000. Yes, it’s been almost a decade since the Yankees have finished at the top of their sport yet Jeter still is called by the loyal journalists in this area, one of the greatest winners and clutch players in the game’s history. A sure-fire Hall of Famer. The leader of the Yankees. The Captain. The Face of the Franchise….

Excuse me while I throw up a little in my mouth.

One of the minions who bows at Jeter’s locker is New York radio broadcaster Mike Francesa, once part of a winning combination himself (along with Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo) but not, like Jeter, trudging along trying to recall his past success despite over-rated talent.

Cal Ripken

# All-Star selection (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001)
# World Series champion (1983)
# 2 Gold Glove Award winner (1991, 1992)
# 8 Silver Slugger Award winner (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994)
# 2 AL MVP (1983, 1991)
# 1982 AL Rookie of the Year
# 2 MLB All-Star Game MVP (1991, 2001)
# 1992 Roberto Clemente Award
# 1992 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award

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