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The impossibility of capturing Derek Jeter's essential Jeterness

Posted by Jesse Singal  November 30, 2010 11:28 AM

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As a Bostonian and a Red Sox fan, I can't help but enjoy the ongoing contract negotiations between the New York Yankees and Derek Jeter.

This is my favorite part so far:

The baseball industry source said the Yankees have provided Jeter and [agent Casey] Close with detailed statistical and market analysis to support their contract offer, including comparisons between Jeter and other shortstops and middle infielders throughout baseball.

That is the way Jeter's last contract, the 10-year, $189 million deal that expired with the end of the 2010 World Series, was negotiated, based on Jeter's contention and the Yankees' concurrence that Jeter was the second-best shortstop in the game, behind Alex Rodriguez, who had just signed a 10-year, $252 million deal with the Texas Rangers.

This time, the Jeter side is said to not want Jeter's value to be judged against that of other shortstops, preferring to base his worth on his legacy as an all-time great Yankee.

Finally, something I have in common with Derek Jeter: I too would prefer to be judged not on my level of output or its quality, but on intangible, sentiment-based criteria.

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