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Time For Derek Jeter To Prove He’s A Leader One Last Time

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The time has come. It is New York Yankees shortstop and captain Derek Jeter‘s final month of professional baseball. Nobody questions the moral of his character or style of game play these last 20 years. He is legendary and known for leading, winning and playing by example. It is time for him to show that style of play one last time.

The Yankees are four games out of the American League Wild Card race and much further out in the AL East race. Jeter is recognized as a winner for his five World Series championships and being consistent for most of his career. However, if he does not want to see his career end on Sept. 28 in Boston, he needs to find a way to lead this team of under producing players to get the job done.

Jeter has never been one to come out and speak clubhouse issues or personal issues to the people of the media. That is one reason people love the man. Because of such, he gets the respect he deserves and should use that behind closed doors to help rejuvenate some of the everyday players. The team is in the lower half of MLB in batting average (18), on base percentage (20), slugging percentage (17) and runs scored (22). The team lost two in a row including a shutout that the Toronto Blue Jays won on a Jose Bautista home run.

Though Jeter has been part of the problem as well with his weak numbers batting second, he can lead by example by fine tuning some things and turning not only his season around, but the Yankees’. We all know how much he would love to play in one last postseason, but at the rate his team is playing, they will need No. 2 to show a little more of his magic before it is too late.

Arthur Dowell is a Yankees writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @a24dowell, “like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.