Everyday until spring training begins the "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog will review one player from the Yankees roster. We will review a total of 27 players, the 25 we believe will be on the active roster after spring training, and 2 we believe should be on the active roster but won't be for one reason or another. Our reviews are all edited by Carl Pavano himself to insure they're up to the stringent "Pavano Tough" standards.
This player preview has been written by guest commentator Deron Peter. Deron was a shortstop in the Yankees minor league system back in 1995 when a PED scandal ended his career. He brings an insider's perspective to our blog.
Shortstop Derek Jeter
While he probably should have been included in trade talks for Johan Santana, the inexplicably popular shortstop will return for his 13th full major league season. Jeter has been a mainstay at shortstop despite being the worst defensive shortstop to have ever lived according to those with knowledge of sabermetric analysis. He is likely to play the whole season there and cost the team untold numbers of runs and wins due to his poor defensive play.
The offensive outlook isn't much better. Though Jeter competed for the batting title in 2006 with a .343 avg., he managed only a paltry .322 in 2007. Compare that to Bronson Sardinha who hit .333 and is clearly a better player therefore. Jeter's range to his right has severely degraded. While he routinely reaches balls in the third row of the stands balls in the fifth or sixth row are helplessly out of reach for a player that should be DHing most games.
Jeter's gangster is also questionable. Has his creepy looking right hand man been thrown off a roof by a Treasury agent who then makes a witty remark about him being in the car? No! As you can see, there are serious concerns about Jeter's effectiveness at shortstop. No doubt his crazy night life has taken its toll on this major leaguer.
Jeter projects to hit for an average in the .320's, with 12 HR, 84 RBI, and at least 6 amazingly hot chicks dated in 2007.