Without any new cards to report on, I was sitting back in front of my computer today and decided to check up on my Jeter. I then stumbled upon a question relating to Derek Jeter and the Hall of Fame, and I myself began wondering if Derek Jeter’s numbers would be Hall of Fame worthy if his career were to end today.
I realize that he is not a power hitter, he doesn’t steal a ton of bases and he’s only had one season with more than 100 RBIs; but he’s a great leader and great hitter for average. Now the question is, does he have enough to make the Hall of Fame?
The knee-jerk reaction is to say, “of course,” but let’s take a look at it. The official rules of the Hall of Fame say that “voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team on which the player played.”
Fine, so let’s look at that. Jeter’s reputation as a leader, clutch performer and contributions for the Yankees’ from 1996-2000 World Series dynasty would readily outweigh any arguments some make now about his defensive abilities. Jeter’s skills are backed up by eight All-Star selections and two Silver Slugger Awards, among other categories.
Jeter should do just fine when Cooperstown calls. With a career .317 batting average and 162-game averages of 208 hits, 122 runs scored, 17 home runs and 82 RBIs, Jeter has done fine for his role and shouldn’t have much to worry about if he decided never to play another game. Luckily, that isn’t the case.