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Should Derek Jeter consider retirement?

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09:25 AM ET 05.11 | Kobe Bryant, every bit the basketball player that Derek Jeter is a baseball player, said that he would never lounge around a locker room only to average 18 points per game. Likewise, will Jeter be happy as a .260 hitter? I've put premature postmortems on Jeter and been burned. (And thousands of you have gleefully reminded me.) But only the most jaded Jeter fans could ignore the obvious. Derek Jeter is older, slower, and injured. And there will be a day when he can't play anymore. Will it be this year or next? The only reason you'd find the question absurd is because it's Derek Jeter, exacerbated by the walking triage the Yankees have become. Reading the current Yankee lineup is like a roll call of red-shirts in a Star Trek episode, the ones who will turn into salt cubes before we learn their names. But even Jeter knows that all stars and All-Stars die. It's only a matter of time, which is no longer Jeter's friend. Retiring after 17 resplendent seasons isn't quitting. It's logical. Find one shortstop in the modern era who produced at 39. Cal Ripken switched to third base at 35. Ernie Banks switched positions at 30. Even Ozzie Smith, better in the field than all three combined, was a part-time player at 39. Jeter will be 39 the next time he swings at a live pitch.

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May 11, 2013  09:50 AM ET

He can still hit, but his defensive range has been shrinking for years. I can't imagine that's going to improve after this injury.

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May 11, 2013  10:01 AM ET

Time To DH, Bro?

May 11, 2013  10:06 AM ET

The problem is not that he can't hit but rather his legs can't longer helping him
With what he was best,,, at the SS position,, want to continue playing? Then ask the boss to granted you the DH spot :-) :-) :-)

May 11, 2013  10:27 AM ET

Yes.

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May 11, 2013  10:50 AM ET

Considering retirement???that would be the least resort,,,,,

May 11, 2013  10:55 AM ET

I can't imagine anyone else playing full-time at SS for the New York Yankees. Just don't retire like this, come back and show everyone you are the man like Rivera

May 11, 2013  11:02 AM ET
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I can't imagine anyone else playing full-time at SS for the New York Yankees. Just don't retire like this, come back and show everyone you are the man like Rivera

But he's not like Rivera. Mo is still as good as he ever was, and has never really showed any sign of slowing down. He could probably play at an all star level for another 5 years if he chose to. Derek, not so much.

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May 11, 2013  11:27 AM ET

The stud pasture awaits Jeets.

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May 11, 2013  11:57 AM ET

"Find one shortstop in the modern era who produced at 39."

No problem. Omar Vizquel, age 39, 2006. Hit .295, 4 HR, 58 RBI, 24-for-31 on SBs, 22 2B, 10 3B, while winning a Gold Glove (one he actually deserved, unlike all of Jeter's).

May 11, 2013  11:58 AM ET

"Find one shortstop in the modern era who produced at 39."

No problem. Omar Vizquel, age 39, 2006. Hit .295, 4 HR, 58 RBI, 24-for-31 on SBs, 22 2B, 10 3B, while winning a Gold Glove (one he actually deserved, unlike all of Jeter's).

May 11, 2013  12:59 PM ET
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But he's not like Rivera. Mo is still as good as he ever was, and has never really showed any sign of slowing down. He could probably play at an all star level for another 5 years if he chose to. Derek, not so much.

I totally agree. If he played a less demanding position , other than shortstop, he could pull it off. He will not switch positions now and he is not DH material.

Call it a day DJ, happens to everyone.

May 11, 2013  01:59 PM ET

The hardest thing for a great player is knowing when to walk away from the game they love. Derek Jeter has had a first round Hall of Famer Career. Derek Jeter is one of the greatest Yankees in that historic franchise history.

He is 39 years old and this injury is persisting. 39 is by baseball standards when even great players retire. It is time he goes to his next career as a Commentator or Manager or whatever.

I say this with all the respect I can. Time for the next chapter of your life. It is scary but if anyone can land on their feet to the next step of their career it would be Derek Jeter.

May 11, 2013  02:21 PM ET

Wait. You mean he hasn't retired yet??? WTF??

May 11, 2013  03:25 PM ET

It's time for him to retire. He's a first ballot hall of famer. I was hoping he could come back long enough to be able to go out on his own terms. It doesn't look like that's going to happen.

They don't mention that Ozzie Smith wasn't a part time player by choice. He still hates LaRussa with a passion for not letting him be the full time shortstop at age 39.

May 11, 2013  04:16 PM ET
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He can still hit, but his defensive range has been shrinking for years. I can't imagine that's going to improve after this injury.

Never mention shrinkage to me again.........

 
May 11, 2013  04:27 PM ET

Seriously, why don't you just let the guy come back and play. See what he has left and go from there.

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