Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Derek Jeter is out indefinitely with an ankle injury. The New York Yankees‘ aging captain aggravated his surgically-repaired left ankle yet again and it’s basically being held together with duct tape at this point. So now the MLB‘s nursing home team is again without its slugger and half a game out of a Wild Card spot; when are the Yanks going to learn?
Ok, so there’s not much they can do about it this year, but the Bronx Bombers have got to stop relying on players ready to be put out to pasture. Just because it works for the San Antonio Spurs doesn’t mean Jeter and Alex Rodriguez are going to be leading this team into the playoffs when they’re 50. Well, Jeter might, but A-Rod will likely be suspended again by then for whatever new kind of PED is available in 2025.
Seriously, though: the Yankees have to start a youth movement sometime soon. Their enormous payroll and historically-incredible success at landing free agents is great, but they can’t always be free agents who should have retired by now. Jeter is 39; his ankle is never going to get better, so why delay the inevitable?