5 Reasons Why New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter Is the Classiest Athlete In Sports

5 Reasons Why Derek Jeter Is the Classiest Athlete In Sports

Derek Jeter All-Star Game
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Classy athletes are a dying breed, and MLB is about to lose one of the best ever in New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter. With Jeter set to retire, let's take a look at five reasons why is the classiest athlete in sports today.

5. Consistently There For His Teammates

Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez
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5. Consistently There For His Teammates

Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez
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Jeter understands that nobody is perfect and teammates are not as fortunate to play for the Yankees for 20 years. However, he is always there for them when the spotlight could not look any bigger, and it does not matter how long they have worn the pinstripes. He will not look to judge someone by their decisions and instead have their back and make sure they are comfortable playing the only style of baseball he knows: winning.

4. Lets His Talent Speak For Itself

Derek Jeter Yankee Stadium
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4. Lets His Talent Speak For Itself

Derek Jeter Yankee Stadium
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In an era where it seems athletes in all leagues do not stop talking, Jeter has kept his mouth shut. He has gone out there night after night and stuck to the same routine for 20 years. His talent has carried him to many milestones and a future first ballot Hall-of-Famer in 2020. His smile says just how much fun he had on the diamond while dawning the pinstripes.

3. Keeps Personal Matters Off Tabloids

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3. Keeps Personal Matters Off Tabloids

Derek Jeter Press
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It's hard to believe the man has played for the most prestigious team in professional sports in the biggest market all while keeping matters off the tabloids. If something was to be said or to be done, he took care of it personally. He never went to the media to call out a teammate or opposing player. He handled every situation behind closed doors and in a professional matter. He took care of it all in a way all athletes should.

2. Hard Worker On And Off The Field

Derek Jeter Shortstop
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2. Hard Worker On and Off The Field

Derek Jeter Shortstop
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Jeter's credentials speak for themselves. He could not have done that without playing a consistent career at a demanding position. He stayed focus for 20 years wanting nothing more than to help the Yankees win big games. He was a durable player who made shortstop look easy. He was never known for showing up to camp looking out of shape or missing a step.

1. Played Ambassador For MLB

Derek Jeter and Bud Selig
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1. Played Ambassador For MLB

Derek Jeter and Bud Selig
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The classiest thing Jeter ever did was play ambassador for MLB. Young fans looked up to him and wanted to be like him. Current players Troy Tulowitzki and Mike Trout can speak to that. There were many big names that played in the same era as Jeter, but none of them were as successful as him in carrying the good name in baseball out to people. His name was always brought up as clean in an era baseball was known for being dirty.

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