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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Martin column: Jeter's 162-game farewell tour is selfish

  • If an alien was watching the Major League Baseball All-Star game Tuesday night he would have thought this Derek Jeter character was the greatest human on earth.
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  • If an alien was watching the Major League Baseball All-Star game Tuesday night he would have thought this Derek Jeter character was the greatest human on earth.
    The amount of gushing done during Fox's broadcast was borderline obsessive.
    Jeter had a great career but let’s try to keep our emotions about him realistic. He seems like a nice person, but so do most big-league players. He has more than 3,400 hits, which ranks in the top ten all time, but none of his other career stats are overwhelmingly great.
    Jeter's greatest accomplishment is his number of games played. He didn't have great power and his speed wasn't the greatest.
    How much attention would Jeter have received if he was playing for the Twins? Think about it.
    His batting and on-base averages on good but definitely not great. He never won a regular season MVP. However, when it came to the postseason he was terrific, winning the World Series MVP in 2000. Jeter was the best player on a number of great World Series teams.
    My point isn't that Jeter shouldn't be in the Hall of Fame. He absolutely should. My point is that he is an average Hall of Famer, who announced he was retiring before the season, allowing for a 162-game gush-fest.
    Baseball-Reference.com ranks him as an average Hall of Famer. He compares to players like Craig Biggio and Roberto Alomar, both great players that didn't receive half the attention Jeter did because they didn't play in New York.
    Unless Jeter is an alien himself and aliens always watch him. In that case, I wonder if they have it on mute so they don't have to listen to Joe Buck?

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