Over the last few weeks, baseball headlines have continued to be highlighted by stories about Alex Rodriguez and his steroid debacle. Almost every single time, however, those stories are then followed by another article about Derek Jeter and his apparent decline from greatness.
Every major sports website, newspaper, and baseball blog has run a feature on how "The Captain" is getting older and on his way out of the game. From ESPN and SI to Billy's Baseball Blog, everyone seems to have an opinion about Jeter and how he's going to do this season!
This leads one to ask the question, why does everyone hate on Derek Jeter?
The shortstop hasn't done anything but play at the highest level since coming up with the Yankees back in 1995. Just take a look at the numbers that he has put up over his illustrious career in the Bronx.
Derek is a nine time All-Star with a career .316 batting average. His .316 career average through the 2008 season ranks him with the fifth highest lifetime batting average of all active players. He has collected 2535 Hits, 1467 Runs, 1002 RBIs, and 206 home runs during that 14 year span. DJ is also three time Gold Glove Award winner and a three time Silver Slugger.
Over his career, Jeter has also been named Rookie of the Year in 1996, All-Star Game MVP in 2000, World Series MVP in 2000, Babe Ruth Award Winner in 2000, and Hank Aaron Award Winner in 2006. He also led the Bombers to six World Series appearances while winning four Championships!
This season, Derek looks to become the all-time hits leader for the Yankees when he passes Lou Gehrig! He's well on his way to the MLB Hall of Fame, so everything else is only to lead the Bombers back to the World Series!
Of course "Mr. November" is getting old, but that doesn't mean that he's not still one of the best players in the game. Nobody expects him to put up gawdy numbers every single season of his life, so give the guy a break. He has set a standard that even Superman can't reach every season!