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07:14 AM ET 05.30 | Veteran Yankees are getting healthy, with Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis set to return this week, though one significant return remains: Derek Jeter's. Jeter, who has missed the entire season with a twice-broken left ankle, had the protective boot removed on Friday and he's been cleared to resume throwing. The 13-time All-Star shortstop revealed another CT-scan will be scheduled within "the next week-and-a-half," likely in Florida, before it will be decided when he can resume other baseball activities and start moving toward a return to the field for his 19th season in pinstripes. "As soon as possible. That's it. I'm not going to put a date on it. The last time I put a date on it, it didn't work," Jeter said when asked for an updated time frame.

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May 30, 2013  08:01 AM ET

I have not always been the biggest Derek Jeter fan but I have always respected him in how he played the game and and carried himself on and off the field and that he was an important cog in the Yankee machine.
I also have come to realise and recognize his place in the history of the game and I believe he has done it without the use of PEDs ... outside of a story I once read that referenced his use of high amounts of caffiene.
But I have to admit to some serious trepidation that this may be the start of a precipitous decline in his ability to stay on the field and be a continous and important cog in the Yankee machine.
I sincerely hope I am wrong because if other players, e.g., Musial and Rose, could play (although they are the exceptions and not the rule) into their forties at a somewhat decent level then I was hoping so could Jeter so he could have a run at 4000 hits, 600 doubles and 2000 runs scored.

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May 30, 2013  08:58 AM ET
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why haven't you been a 'big' jeter fan?<gets pitchfork, tar and feathers ready>

Ahem, put that stuff donw, young man.
And the reason is because I have never thought that he was the so-called best player on the Yankees and as antithetical as it may sound to some Yankee fans I don't think he is, or ever was, the best shortstop in the game.
An excellent fielder with somewhat limiited range? Yes. A gamer who will always give as much as his body is capable? Yes. And, thus the reason for the respect. But, has he always been the best player on the the team? No.
So, maybe, in the end result, I mis-spoke when I said I was not the biggest fan and should have said I have not always believed he was the best player on the team. However, he might have been one of the more important players on the team when you consider the whole package.

May 30, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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I don't think he is, or ever was, the best shortstop in the game.

Was it the silly jump throws that gave that away?

May 30, 2013  09:07 AM ET
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Ahem, put that stuff donw, young man. And the reason is because I have never thought that he was the so-called best player on the Yankees and as antithetical as it may sound to some Yankee fans I don't think he is, or ever was, the best shortstop in the game. An excellent fielder with somewhat limiited range? Yes. A gamer who will always give as much as his body is capable? Yes. And, thus the reason for the respect. But, has he always been the best player on the the team? No. So, maybe, in the end result, I mis-spoke when I said I was not the biggest fan and should have said I have not always believed he was the best player on the team. However, he might have been one of the more important players on the team when you consider the whole package.

I will say this - he is a consummate pro - plays at a high level, and has "done it right". I think your are saying the same thing. Is he the best shortstop ever? Not sure. There are definitely better defensive SS's. And some that hit better. But as the entire package, he is definitely one of the best.

May 30, 2013  09:13 AM ET
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I will say this - he is a consummate pro - plays at a high level, and has "done it right". I think your are saying the same thing. Is he the best shortstop ever? Not sure. There are definitely better defensive SS's. And some that hit better. But as the entire package, he is definitely one of the best.

Oh - the hitting part - is a far shorter list....

May 30, 2013  09:14 AM ET
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Oh - the hitting part - is a far shorter list....

And here is that short list - I agree with most of these here.....

http://baseballsgreatesthitters.com/Greatest_Shortstops.html

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May 30, 2013  09:26 AM ET
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However, he might have been one of the more important players on the team when you consider the whole package.

Yes. The whole package. Specifically, what he used to do to A-Rod with his package in the locker room. Invaluable to the team, to be sure.

May 30, 2013  09:28 AM ET
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Was it the silly jump throws that gave that away?

Ahem. We've dubbed those his 'fancy-pants pirouette throws.'

May 30, 2013  09:28 AM ET
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Was it the silly jump throws that gave that away?

BTW, haven't seen you around much.

Things good?

May 30, 2013  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I will say this - he is a consummate pro - plays at a high level, and has "done it right". I think your are saying the same thing. Is he the best shortstop ever? Not sure. There are definitely better defensive SS's. And some that hit better. But as the entire package, he is definitely one of the best.

He really has been a fantastic player. I love to bust the Yankees' stones because I hate them, but I have a lot of respect for Jeter.

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May 30, 2013  09:32 AM ET
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He really has been a fantastic player. I love to bust the Yankees' stones because I hate them, but I have a lot of respect for Jeter.

You and me both..... but one of the things I can look past (and apparently you too) is the team if the player is exceptional.... I like guys who do things right..... brings integrity to the game..... and MLB needs all the integrity it can get right now.

May 30, 2013  09:33 AM ET
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Interesting.So, I guess the question is, do you feel that Jeter is a better fielder than the five SSs ranked above him on that list.Personally, I have no ****ing idea.

Me neither. I know Yount was one hell of a SS but the question is - was he better at D then Jeter was better than him at the stick. I think he was.... but only remember from what I saw - not looked any "sabermetrics" (cough, cough, spew, cough).....

May 30, 2013  09:34 AM ET

Well - have meeting in Columbia MD today - Oh Joy..... may see you all this afternoon.

May 30, 2013  09:36 AM ET

Hang them up your wash up.

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May 30, 2013  09:40 AM ET
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Hang them up your wash up.

Try that again in Enlish, please.

 
May 30, 2013  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Try that again in Enlish, please.

Wow. Major fail. Hard to have any credibility busting a dude's chops when you misspell a word yourself.

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