Posted 25 September 2012 - 01:56 PM
Now here's Jeter in 2012, in his 18th season, and really showing no signs of slowing down. Every year I keep thinking he's got to start aging and his skills have to start declining, but he's in all likelihood going to set his career high in hits at his age-38 season!
If a guy like Julio Franco can stick around and continue to be productive into his late 40s, Jeter seems like he could easily do the same if he wanted to.
Anyone think Jeter will still be playing in 2020, in his 26th season, approaching 5000 hits?
Posted 25 September 2012 - 02:12 PM
Of course at some point he's not going to be able to physically handle SS, will he accept a full-time DH role or will his pride force him to retire?
Posted 25 September 2012 - 02:33 PM
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Posted 25 September 2012 - 04:10 PM
As long as he is healthy and is physically capable of playing SS, he'll play as long as the Yankees offer him a contract. There's no way that he ever plays for a different team.
Posted 25 September 2012 - 04:42 PM
Interesting question on how long he'll play. Is he one of those guys who will play until someone tells him he can't? Or is he someone who will want to go out at the top of his game, on his terms, and not cling to a job while everyone watches his skills decline?
It could be get interesting if it gets to a point where he wants to keep playing, but the Yankees aren't willing to pay him.
The thought of Derek Jeter in another uniform is just bizarre.
Posted 25 September 2012 - 04:55 PM
The 2010-2011 seasons were not his finest, but I would not think anyone would have thought he would retire before attaining 3,000 hits. It is nice to see Jeter having a bounce back year and I hope he has a few more left in the tank.
To answer the title of this thread "When will Jeter Retire", ~ I think Jeter would be open to playing a different position, but once his bat goes the way of the Dodo, he'll hang it up ASAP, much like DiMaggio did.
When that will be? Who knows?
Posted 25 September 2012 - 09:27 PM
Derek Jeter is incredible. I mean, we're talking inner-circle Hall of Famer. He'll probably wind up with close to 4,000 hits. I have never understood why anyone doesn't completely respect and admire what he is and what he has been. He has stayed out of trouble. Yes, he's been on a ton of winning teams surrounded by a ton of talented players. However, he was drafted by and played his entire career with, one team. I'll never understand the boos he gets at Target Field.
This pretty much nails it, he's the baseball equivalent to Wayne Gretzky, hate him with a passion but admire the hell out of him.
Posted 26 September 2012 - 06:54 AM
The guy isn't human.
I hate the Yankees as much as the next person but you can't hate Jeter... you just can't. He's the consummate professional, always exudes class, and "plays the right way". Is his mystique overblown? Absolutely, but the guy is one of the greatest players I've ever seen.