Yankees Legend Derek Jeter Headed to Monument Park in 2017
The New York Yankees announced they will retire legendary shortstop Derek Jeter‘s number in a ceremony during the 2017 season.
The last of the New York Yankees single digit uniform numbers will be officially retired in 2017 when the iconic number two takes its rightful place in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park on May 14th, 2017.
Derek Jeter will likely be the final member of the 1990’s-2000’s Yankees dynasty to be receive a plaque out in center field, following teammates Tino Martinez, Paul O’Neill, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, and Mariano Rivera.
The other members of the famous Core Four: Posada, Pettitte, and Rivera (plus the sadly ignored Bernie) have all had their numbers retired as well in recent years.
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In 2017, Posada becomes the first of the Four to be eligible for Hall of Fame consideration. While he and Pettitte should receive some support and remain on the ballot for at least a few years, those two seem likely to fall just short of the Hall.
Rivera and Jeter, on the other hand, are almost universally seen as first ballot Hall of Famers when they are eligible in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
If you’re reading this blog, chances are you are pretty familiar with Jeter’s many accomplishments, but here’s a short synopsis: Five World Series rings, 14 All-Star Game appearances, the 1996 AL Rookie of the Year award, five Gold Gloves, five Silver Sluggers, seven top ten MVP finishes.
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According to Baseball-Reference’s wins above replacement metric, Jeter ranks as the fifth most valuable player in Yankees history with 78.1 WAR in pinstripes, behind just Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, and Joe DiMaggio. He also is the team’s all-time leader in hits with 3,465 and games played with 2,747.
Perhaps best known for his postseason success, Mr. November led his club to the playoffs 16 times in his 20 season career, hitting a combined .308/.374/.465 with 20 home runs, 60 RBI, and 18 steals in his 158 career postseason contests, the equivalent of a MLB regular season.
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