Yankees Mt Rushmore – The Lincoln Position
Adam – “The Captain” is now enshrined in another Yankees hallowed hall (well mountain anyway) He is the example of how a professional athlete should carry themselves and Jeter did it in one of the biggest markets in the world. He was part of the “Core 4” that helped the Bronx Bombers return to greatness and become the “Evil Empire.” His on the field and clutch performance speak volumes but there was much more. Derek Jeter was a positive role model in an era where countless athletes took the low road. In the steroid and social media era when professional athletes step on their toes, he was clean. He did all this playing under the big lights of New York City.
The Yankee captain has 3,465 hits (good for sixth all-time) while scoring 1,923 runs with a career .310 batting average, 1,311 RBI, 260 home runs, and 358 stolen bases. The five-time Silver Slugger award winner played in seven World Series, winning five. In the storied history of the New York Yankees he is the only one with 3,000 hits. When defining a Yankees Mt Rushmore of the last 50 years, how can “The Captain” not have his face etched in the mountain?
Rich –Jeter is one of two players from the last 50 years that is a no-brainer when discussing the Yankees Mt Rushmore. Jeter was the heart and soul of the Yankees dynasty that started in 1996 and was the Yankees Captain. Jeter is the greatest shortstop in Yankees history and has the most hits as a member of the Yankees along with the most doubles. Plays like “The Dive” and “The Flip” just add to his mystique as well as his Mr. November home run in the 2001 World Series.
A member of the “Core Four” and one of the best players ever in Yankees history. I do believe that Jeter was one of the most overrated players (his defense mainly) as well as one of the most underrated (he was much better offensively than people realize). While he did have flaws, he managed to win on the biggest stage in baseball and very rarely did you ever hear anything negative about him (he was a very bad interview because he simply refused to give the papers any “bad” quotes – he spoke in nothing but clichés).