Derek Jeter Sets Up Easy Double Play by Faking Out Jason Kipnis at Second Base

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2014


Derek Jeter is making sure he uses up all of his tricks before he hangs up his glove.

On Monday night, the New York Yankees shortstop was able to set up an easy double play in the eighth inning of a two-run game with a smooth fake.

Update: July 9 at 12:03 p.m. ET

Cleveland's Jason Kipnis responded to the notion that he was "faked out," via's Jordan Bastian and Alec Shirkey:

There was no deke. I get it. I'm as big a Derek Jeter fan as there is out there, but let's not make up news.

I heard [third-base coach Mike Sarbaugh] yell, 'Go!' I took a step toward third and then I heard the other half of his sentence, saying, 'Go back!' So I had to touch second base again and started going back. By that time, it was way too late.

I didn't even see the deke until I watched on the video later. If I was trying to break up a double play, I don't think I'd be rounding [the bag], going towards third base.

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With the Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis running on the pitch, he had no idea where Asdrubal Cabrera hit the ball. Jeter realized that and pretended to catch the ball at second base to fake the runner out. Cabrera had hit a pop-up in foul territory, though, so with Kipnis fooled, Yankees third baseman Zelous Wheeler could easily throw to first for the double play.

Cleveland had already scored one run in the inning, so it was a big play to get out of the frame with the tying run at the plate and the heart of the Indians order due up. The Yankees went on to win, 5-3.