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Derek Jeter: Five-time World Series Champion and Yankee’s Key Player in the 90’s and Early 2000’s

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Shortstops are often regarded in baseball as among the poor hitters in every team. It is for this reason that baseball players who take on this role are often those who bats the least from any given order.

Inherently meant for a defensive position placed between the 2nd and the 3rd basemen, shortstops, however, are as important as any other position in the field defensively.

But, there are also cases of baseball players who indeed play a role defensively as a shortstop but nonetheless offer decent to good hitting ability, they basically led the ranking as among the sport’s history’s best.

If you are an MLB fan with the wit to know of the goings-on in the professional sport backs in the 90’s up to early 2000’s, you would know of a single player who fit the criteria as both a shortstop and one to lead the ranking in career hits: Derek Jeter.

Like his father before him, Sanderson Charles Jeter was a baseball player in college, specifically a shortstop in Fisk University in Tennessee. Basically a family of baseball players, Derek’s sister, Sharlee, played as a softball star in high school.

Born in New Jersey but grew in Michigan, Derek Jeter’s love of the Yankees grew by attending the baseball team’s games back in New York with his grandparents. Derek’s childhood idol, at that time, had always been Dave Winfield.

When not running cross country during fall season or playing basketball during winter, young Derek is known to play baseball during the Spring back in his high school days at Kalamazoo, Michigan.


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For one to eventually hold the shortstop position in his professional career, Jeter batting record shows relatively high result in high school.

Despite scholarship solicitation from the University of Michigan, the budding baseball player of the state did not pursue college in favor of an early entry into the professional sport.

Jeter’s debut in the then-counterpart of the minor league—National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (NAPBL)—started in 1992 and lasted four seasons.

Advancing to a higher level in his career, Derek Jeter played for the Major League in 1995 with the New York Yankees, his one and only team, to which he spent the remainder of his 20-year career in the sport.

Throughout his career, Jeter was considered a key figure for the New York Yankees’ successes, a credit to which he still holds to this day. In addition, the name Derek Jeter is significant among Yankees due to a number of accolades he received during his active career and some records that still is stuck with him.


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