Some people think that Jeter is a great shortstop. He’s won three gold gloves and makes a lot of spectacular plays. Blah, blah, blah. The truth is Jeter leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to defense. Jeter does not have great range for a shortstop. For example, in 2004, when Johnny Damon hit the grand slam in game 7 of the ALCS, where was Jeter? He was just standing there. He didn’t even jump up to try and knock it down. If he had better vertical range he would have gotten to that ball. The sabermetrics don’t lie. Also, if you look at Jeter’s OPS+ it is clear that he’s not that good looking. I’m at least as handsome as that guy. Frankly, I’m not even sure how Jeter made the major leagues. He hits a measly .250.* .250! That’s all Jeter is, a .250 shortstop with no vertical range. I know it has become fashionable to respect Jeter’s gangster, but I’m not buying it.
* Stats based on 1995 major league campaign.