There are a lot of talks about the best players being able to do it all. They can go out and play 150 plus games in a season, and give the team everything they have both in the batters box and on defense. In the age of the designated hitter, it is rare to see a player stay exceptional at a position. New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is one of those exceptions.
Passing Luis Aparicio in his old stomping grounds in Chicago, Jeter now has played the second-most games at the shortstop position with 2,584. Shortstop is often brought up in the same discussions as catcher and center field. The players are often recognized as the captains of the infield. The position is a demanding one, and players will often play other positions because of the effects the body will feel from its daily demands. Jeter went against the odds and played what is equivalent to a little less than 16 full seasons at the position.
Often, players will be asked to move to third base or second base when the team starts seeing that they are not capable of moving around the field like they used to. One of the biggest names to ever do such so the team could keep his bat in the lineup for a longer career was Cal Ripken Jr. There were talks that the Yankees may have asked Jeter to do the same when they traded for then superstar shortstop Alex Rodriguez, but instead did the transition with A-Rod.
Jeter is a lock to be enshrined in Cooperstown. This latest milestone is one of the many reasons why he should be in there on his first attempt. Not many players are able to stay as durable as Jeter was for the last twenty years. Say what you want about the player’s defense all you want, but it cannot be all that bad if the team is willing to keep him out there everyday and not place him at another position even at the age of 39.