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Defiant Jeter: Most older shortstops decline, not all

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08:16 AM ET 02.21 | Brought to you by the letter "D," Derek Jeter spoke at length Sunday to reporters. To no one's surprise, the keynotes of Jeter's inaugural spring training address Sunday were determination, dedication and, yes, a wee bit of defiance. That would be a determination to prove that last year's career-low .270 season was a mere bump in a otherwise .317 career, a dedication to making the necessary stride adjustment in his hitting approach and defiance at those who would suggest he's in decline. ... When it was noted that most shortstops decline in their late 30s, Jeter was quick to reply: "Most shortstops, not every shortstop. So there you go!"

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February 21, 2011  09:22 AM ET

"Most shortstops, not every shortstop. So there you go!"

How can you argue with logic like that?

February 21, 2011  09:30 AM ET
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"Most shortstops, not every shortstop. So there you go!"How can you argue with logic like that?

Case Closed.

February 21, 2011  09:42 AM ET

I guess he's no different than any aging superstar, who thinks denial in just a big river in Africa.

February 21, 2011  09:57 AM ET

Very informative.

February 21, 2011  10:01 AM ET

Most short stops decline DEFENSIVELY in their late 30's. Jeter never really had outstanding range. His value to the Yankees is and has always been his ability to get on base, while "most" short stops value to their teams are their glove. Jeter's glove has not declined by Jeter standards. His bat did. I predict we will see the Derek Jeter of "old" the next two years and then a shift to the outfield to play out his career.

February 21, 2011  10:04 AM ET

No Mr. Jeter, every aging shortstop declines including you and Ozzie Smith. It wasn't so bad inhis case since he could lose a step or two and still be better than most. Can you say the same?

February 21, 2011  10:11 AM ET
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No Mr. Jeter, every aging shortstop declines including you and Ozzie Smith. It wasn't so bad inhis case since he could lose a step or two and still be better than most. Can you say the same?

Amen. Love the dude and I'm a Red Sox and Marlins fan. But the fact is, he is already in the lower half of the league's shortstops defensively. If the no stride doesn't work and he falls into the .250 range in batting average, embarrassment.

February 21, 2011  10:12 AM ET

I would say, if he has another year like last year (which is ok with me) then yeah, he's probably in decline. You could just as easily point to the season before that and say he might be in line to rebound from an off year. Afterall, that was one of his best seasons. He's made adjustments that brought about improvement late last year and just maybe he'll be at .300 again. One thing that should irk any pro athlete is getting criticized by reporters that basically are little more than parasites. They make nothing except controversey and turmoil.

February 21, 2011  10:47 AM ET
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I would say, if he has another year like last year (which is ok with me) then yeah, he's probably in decline. You could just as easily point to the season before that and say he might be in line to rebound from an off year. Afterall, that was one of his best seasons. He's made adjustments that brought about improvement late last year and just maybe he'll be at .300 again. One thing that should irk any pro athlete is getting criticized by reporters that basically are little more than parasites. They make nothing except controversey and turmoil.

I'm not a Yankee fan, but that dude can still play. And he's still a leader -- Cano may be the best player on that team, but he's not the clubhouse leader yet. And if they're going to be chasing the Sox all year (I'm not convinced of it, but I'm hopeful), they need him to keep them charged. So he got a big contract that he won't play out -- big deal - they all do.

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February 21, 2011  11:06 AM ET
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I wouldn't be surprised if he upped his stats to normal range. Regardless of the haters' rhetoric, he's a special player and will put his best foot forward. And oh yes, they'll be chasing the Red Sox all year. Hopefully they can end up in a tight battle for the Wild Card with someone else at year's end.

The Yanks are still a great team. I can not understand why people are throwing dirt on them like they are dead. They still will make the playoffs. Could even win the East. Time will only tell.

February 21, 2011  11:08 AM ET

We will see. We will see.

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February 21, 2011  11:25 AM ET
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I don't see Garcia as any kind of blessing either. He eats innings, great. But if he gives up five runs, what's the point?

Well at least they have one that eats innings. Between C.C. , Joba and Colon, they will eat everything else.

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February 21, 2011  11:33 AM ET
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It's "The Biggest Loser, MLB Edition," I tellya.

That might actually work from a marketing standpoint.

February 21, 2011  11:33 AM ET

Morning Atro. How are things in R' Kansas today?

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