OMG! What Will Become Of Derek Jeter?

Just when Yankee fans thought it was safe to go back on the sports pages, there’s a story by Joel Sherman of the Post that’s driven bloggers bloggy. With spring training a mere week away, why must we be faced with the next soap opera already? And why must it star Derek Jeter?

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(No, I’m not the one in the photo throwing myself at Jeet. I don’t own a Giambi jersey or a pair of skin-tight white shorts. Nor have I ever run onto the field. Well, in my mind I have, but that’s for another post.)
The gist of Sherman’s article is that Jeter’s 10-year, $189 million contract will be up in the fall of 2010, at which time the Yankees will be confronted with a Major League Dilemma.
Do they sign The Captain to another huge contract, even though he’ll be a 37-year-old with declining skills? How can they not pony up to keep the veritable Face of the Franchise – the guy who’ll have the most hits in Yankees history? If they keep him, where will they play him? If they let him walk, where will he end up? Is this a game anybody wins?
It’s enough to make me go mental.
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But I pulled myself together and came up with some solutions – all of them allowing the aging Jeter to remain with the organization for the rest of his life.
1) He’s given an ownership stake in the team, becomes a Steinbrenner Son along with Hal and Hank, and changes his first name to Harvey.
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2) He becomes The Yankee Emeritus, walking onto the field at the end of every game and making a “Thank you for being such great fans” speech, like the one he delivered at the Stadium finale. 
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3) He relinquishes his endorsements of Ford trucks and men’s cologne and instead pitches products geared for his own demographic.
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polident_.jpg4) He becomes chairman of the Yankees Assisted Living Facility, a luxurious compound for active seniors
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5) He purchases all the food for the Yankees restaurants.
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6) He replaces Kate Smith and sings “God Bless America.”
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Of course, what I’d really like to see happen is for time to stand still and for Jeter to be the Yankees shortstop in perpetuity. Amen.

7 Comments

Good thing that the team has until 2010 to even consider the likeliness of finding a spot for him besides the shortstop position. But I wonder since the ends of the outfield are committed to 2016 and beyond, is a shift to the right the only option for Jeter?

Some say he will get tossed to the outfield, but is that a true option, or one that is being tossed around because they do not want to lose the Yankee icon. For some to consider him an icon right now in his career might seem a bit premature, but they guy has manned the 6-hole for a long, long time without any rival.

It might just come out to be one of thosae situations where you want him to always be a Yankee, but might not have a viable solution in your mind until the last minute. Whatever happens, the guy is a true Yankee anchor, not in the sense of tying down the team and dragging them along, but in his mannerisms and confidence he has lead for so long and been good for ever, and that is what make a guy a legend……….even in New York.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Jeter will always be a Yankee to me, no matter where he ends up. That said, since he’s getting up there in years (in baseball years), I don’t think a long-term contract would be a good idea. One of those incentive-laden contracts would be good for him. Maybe three years with some incentives. But any of those options you presented would be fun times as well!
Jen
http://ajroxmywhitesox.mlblogs.com
PS: I already finished your book. Yes, I just got it today, but I’m a fast reader. It was WONDERFUL! I’ll write you a book review within the next week. 🙂

No matter what he does, Jeter’s always going to be considered a Yankee, as he should be. I bet they’ll sign him to a two or three year deal, and see where he is after that. But I do like options 2 and 4!
~Alex
http://bloggingwithanaltitude.mlblogs.com/

I SO could not see Jeter in any other uniform…it is scary to think about. He has been my favorite overall player since he came up with the Yankees and I will just die if he goes elsewhere (unless it is the Phillies, of course)!

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Jane – I think the Yankee fans have other things to worry about right now. Have you read the breaking news on A-Rod testing positive for PEDs?

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

It will definitely be interesting when the time rolls around. He can’t move to third or first base. Cano is entrenched at second base and I don’t see Jeter moving to the outfield. I don’t think he will provide enough power to be an everyday DH so he doesn’t have many options. Personally I would like to see him doing option #3. That’s just me though.
http://downonstrikes.blogspot.com/

That’s the thing, Renegade. There really isn’t a spot for Jeter. The Yankees are covered in the infield and they have DHs to burn. And I don’t see Jeter in the outfield. Well, maybe right field. But he’s definitely a Yankees icon, so I guess they’ll figure it out.

Jen, you must have devoured the book in one sitting! I know it’s fast reading, but you’re a whizz. I think you’re right about the incentives-laden contract for Jeter.

Glad you liked some of my options, Alex. I tried. Lord knows, I tried!

I don’t see him going anywhere else either, Jenn. I just think the negotiations will be tricky – not one of those easy deals.

I like option #3 too, hardball.🙂

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