Posted on: November 5, 2012 11:42 pm

Thoughts and opinions: The misconception of Jeter

Thoughts and opinions: The misconception of Jeter

November 5, 2012 11:38 pm
I hear it almost every year going into a season and every time his name is brought up in the GOAT (greatest of all time) conversation, Jeter is not an elite defender, Jeter is overrated on defense, Jeters ill-gotten Gold Glove awards, you get the picture. Yet, slowly and consistantly, Jeter has collected stats and made plays both offensively and defensivly, that beg the argument is the greatest SS of all time? Is he the greatest player of the modern era? Whether you like/hate the Yankees or Jeter, the stats on paper are there and all the big clutch hits and highlight reel plays in some of the biggest games are all there to make the argument. So that leads me to the common misconception of Jeter that many people against putting Jeter in that GOAT category always try to make. Jeter is bad and/or overatted in the field. Wagner aside (completely different era/game/level of competition) lets look at some of the greatest SS's of all time and compare.

Derek Jeter   .976 Fielding % 241 errors 24 most made in single season. 18 seasons
Ozzie Smith   .978 Fielding % 281 errors 25 most made in single season. 19 Seasons
Cal Ripken Jr .979 Fielding % 225 errors 26 (2x) most made in single season. 17 seasons ar SS
Barry Larkin   .975 Fielding % 235 errors 29 most made in single season.19 seasons

Compared to what most consider the greatest SS's in the field, Jeter is right there and even better that some. Fielding % is within 2 one thousandths of what some say is the greatest SS defensively all time and has almost 40 less errors. What separates Jeter from the rest of the field are the clutch/improbable big plays and some made in the most dire times

Now knowing how Jeter stats match up against some of the GOAT's, do you still feel Jeter is overrated"
Posted on: July 28, 2010 3:48 am
Edited on: July 28, 2010 3:53 am

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Though it has been awhile back, I would like to reflect on the best highlight I saw in the NBA playoffs. Many people may have not been or aware of even saw it happen, because well, it was actually after the game. The game was game 6 featuring the Lakers vs. Thunder. This was probably the Lakers toughest 6 game or playoff series they had on their way to the Championship. In the last minute of play and for the entire 4th for that matter it was Laker lead by 8, OKC by 8, Lakers by 2, 3 pointer by OKC they lead by 1, Kobe answers, OKC answers and you get the picture. You could of said at least 10 times for either team "This game is over." But, it ended up coming down to the miracle tip on the Kobe miss as time expired that won it. That actually came after the "Durant game winner shot." Keep in mind they were playing in Oklahoma City in their first ever playoffs in pro sports history. Kobe hits the game winning shot and there is the expected "AHHH! NOOOO! But, then something strange happened. The crowd began cheering louder than ever. Not one person was headed to the parking lot. Every person in the building was on their feet and applauding not the Lakers, but the Thunder. Kobe was on floor giving encouragement to future NBA stars instead of celebrating and even gave respects to the Thunder after the game not the usual well I, me, and well we Kobe speech but a "Damn, Im not looking forward to these guys in the coming years." speech. But, the ovation given by the fans, I have to admit was pretty special to see. Its something not seen much in sports these days. Look at the NHL Detroit loss to the Penguins in the Stanley Cup final in Detroit. Ya, the Detroit fans all remained in the stands for 30 minutes, but it was to do nothing but boo the entire championship presentation. So seeing that happen in Oklahoma City really sent chills through the body and made me say, "Damn, that is freaking awesome!"
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