Tim Raines- On Derek Jeter, "I Don't Think He Was Ready To Take Over The Shortstop Job."

By Eric Haftel

MLB legend, Tim Raines took the time to speak with me about one of the greatest New York Yankees to play the game, Derek Jeter. In this portion of an interview done on Monday, May 14, 2012, Raines explains that when Jeter first came up, he didnt look ready to be a major leaguer. Raines then went on to tell us how his Yankee teammates nurtured Jeter and helped him become the caption that he is now. Raines says that he specifically taught Jeter something as well. You don’t want to miss these comments regarding the ‘Yankee Captain’.


With a single in the first inning against the Oakland A’s Sunday, Jeter collected career-hit No. 3,155, passing Brett for 14th place on the all-time hits list.
Jeter needs just 29 hits to catch Orioles great Cal Ripken Jr., who ranks 13th with 3,184.

When Jeter moved by George Brett on the all-time hits list, the Hall of Famer issued a statement to congratulate the Yankees captain.

“He’s been the backbone of his organization for a long, long time,” Brett said.

“And when a guy like that passes you, I’d like to shake his hand and look him in the eye and say congratulations.”

Derek Jeter Rookie Card via homeruncards.com

Before Jeter was the “backbone” of the Yanks, he was just a rookie coming up before many thought he was ready to.

“I don’t think he was ready to take over the shortstop job at that time,” Raines said. “We had Tony Fernandez, who was a good

player himself. But, Tony got hurt and [Jeter] was next in line. So, he kind of got forced into the job.”

Raines told us what life was like for Jeter when he first broke in to the big leagues.

“We Didn’t Treat Him Like A Rookie, We Treated Him Like A Yankee”

You don’t want to miss this.

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