Usually an article talking about how a player will have a comeback year is followed by a stream of statistics and logical arguments that back the idea that the player will perform better than usual. In this case, we have none, and don't care. We're telling you right now that Jeter will have a great season. But if we have no facts how can we be so sure you ask? Well, lets break down the two opposing arguments.
Why He Will Do Well:
He hit .300 last season which wasn't bad, and his lack of power hitting seemed to be a result of a Daniel Cabrera fastball off his hand.
Why He Won't Do Well:
He's getting old, and has been declining each year.
Both arguments are good, but our reason for believing that he will absolutely own next season has nothing to do with either of these. The reason we believe he will do well is that he performs best in years that end in 9. Yes, you heard it here first. Since 2009 ends with 9, he will have a monster season. Consider this: in 1999 Jeter had career highs in average, homeruns, RBI's, and triples. That season he hit .349 with 24 homeruns, 102 RBI's and 9 triples. But the argument doesn't end there. In 1989, at the humble age of 15, Jeter hit .800 off high school pitching, and so dominated the high school league that they made a motion to illegalize his presence after several 'roided out high school pitchers balled up in locker room corners and cried after facing Jeter. In 1979, at the age of 5, Jeter also rocked the Tee-Ball league, hitting so many opposite field homeruns that they thought he had a corked bat, and after confiscating and seeing it was real, made him move to little league half way through the season. So Jeter will have a monster season, and all the cryers will cry tears of weakness. Go Yankees!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
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Jeter hit .345 in August and .342 in Sept/Oct. I think he wasn't 100% healthy at the beginning of the season after he got hurt. I expect him to hit at least .320 this season after finishing strong last year.
Well, and 2006 should have been HIS MVP year and if you flip the 6 upside down you have a 9, so the logic works! It's Jeter's year!!!
Derek Jeter: So gangster he plays in the wooden bat T-Ball League.
Nice observation Fred. I remember when I played pee wee baseball, and I refused to use an aluminum bat because that wasn't what major leaguers used. I still cranked. Jeter must have felt the same way.
I remember when I played T-Ball and I wanted to be a switch hitter like Howard Johnson, and failed miserably. (yes, I lived in NY and was a mets fan when I was younger....sue me.)It was the same thing with the wooden bat, I begged and begged for one, then realized quickly that it really sucked hitting with no gloves in the batting cage because of all the shock that goes through your hands.
I wonder what Jeter will do in the senior softball league. I do agree he will have a monster season even though he still does seem to be limping a bit.
Jeter will be safe now that Daniel Cabrera is in the NL. That guy brought him down by hitting him on the wrist!
As long as he doesn't play with broken hands he'll probably do better.
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