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Derek Jeter

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Derek Sanderson Jeter (born June 26, 1974 in Pequannock, New Jersey) is an American Major League Baseball player. Jeter is an eight-time All-Star shortstop, and currently the captain of the New York Yankees.

Derek Jeter was born in Pequannock, New Jersey, to an African-American father, Charles Jeter, and an Irish-American mother, Dorothy. The family lived in North Arlington, New Jersey, before moving to Kalamazoo, Michigan, when he was 4.

Jeter has played a role for the Yankees since 1996. Jeter is one of three current veterans (the others are Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera) who came up through the Yankees organization, and has played his entire professional career with the Yankees.

Despite the claims that baseball statisticians make that there is no such thing as clutch, Jeter is often considered to be one of the most clutch players ever to play in Major League Baseball, especially during the post-season.; Roger Clemens referred to Jeter as "the best clutch hitter in history." As of April 2007, he has a .314 career regular season batting average, but a .370 career American League Division Series batting average in 46 games, and 150 overall career postseason hits, along with 85 career postseason runs scored.

Moments after this message was displayed on the board, Jeter sent a 3-2 pitch from Byung Hyung Kim over the right field stands. A fan in the stands held up a sign with the words "Mr. November", which he likely planned to hold up if anyone did something major after midnight. Michael Kay, who called the walkoff home run, called Jeter by this name, referencing the sign.

The New York Yankees named Jeter the 11th recognized captain in Yankees history on June 3, 2003, after 8 years without one. (Dispute over the true count was noted in a lengthy article in the New York Times on March 25, 2007, by Vincent M. Mallozzi.) Jeter became the first official captain of the team since Don Mattingly retired in 1995. He is in the 7th year of a 10-year contract and made $20.6 million for the 2007 season. This contract is the 2nd largest contract in baseball history.

Jeter's defense has been criticized throughout his career. A baseball journalist has pointed out that he makes fewer plays than most shortstops. According to some defense metrics, Jeter is a below-average defender. However, he has won 3 Gold Glove awards.

However, it should be noted that the postseason teams are the winners of their divisions and thus theoretically the best teams in baseball. Thus the level of competition should be stronger than the regular season and Jeter having identical stats would still be proof of clutch play.

Derek was the starting shortstop for the USA team in the first ever World Baseball Classic. Jeter hit .450 (9/20) for Team USA and scored 5 runs in 6 games. Only Ken Griffey, Jr. (.524) and Cuba's Yoandy Garlobo (.480) had a higher batting average with a minimum of 20 at bats. Jeter's exploits earned him recognition as the shortstop selection on the All-Tournament Team.



 


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