MLB Discussion Thread Part III: Jeter announces retirement after 2014
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02-16-2014, 04:43 PM
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Jeter is the better hitter, without question.
There is question though. Jeter played his prime in a much more favorable offensive era than Ripken did. Let's compare their pure hitting numbers from their respective peaks. These are their top 7 full season OPS+ numbers (to correspond with JAWS).
Jeter gains the advantage when you take more complete look at the offensive picture. Going by fangraph's all encompassing wRC+ (which accounts for baserunning and other non-hitting offensive abilities) you get:
Extra - 128, 125, 117, 117, 116, 110, 109
So if you put full stock in the advanced stats you get the following conclusions: Ripken was a better hitter at his peak, but Jeter's all around offensive game puts them as basically even and gives Jeter a decided edge in longevity. Granted, the same methodology that gives Jeter this advantage also gives Ripken a massive one on the fielding side.
Quick note for people who don't understand why the defensive numbers hate Jeter so much - Range is much, much, much more important than not making errors. Simply put, if player A gets to 5 balls and converts all five of them into outs and player B gets to 10 balls and converts 8 of them into outs, then player B is giving you more defensive value. Player A may not be getting errors, but he's still allowing more baserunners than player B. Errors happen way less frequently than balls getting hit to places where a limited defensive shortstop like Jeter can't reach them.
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