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02-16-2014, 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by BrooklynRangersFan View Post
The gold gloves: Jeter was an excellent defensive SS for much of his career. Sure-handed, good range (which later slipped significantly) and always made the clutch play. Going back on a flare, into the stands on a pop-up, into the hole for a sizzling grounder - he was fantastic. Not as strong going to his left, but that's quibbling. Him being a "subpar" defensive player is a recent, revisionist creation. He had lost a step, won a gold glove late in his career and suddenly it became popular to apply that filter on all his previous defensive accomplishments. Silliness..

Each to their own but I disagree with most of this post. Jeter never had a good range. That was that 1 thing stopping him from becoming very good defensively. He isn't horrible or a liability like some haters would suggest but he isn't excellent either. Average is probably the best word to describe Jeter's fielding.

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