Thursday, February 13, 2014

Excerpt: "Man and Myth, Retiring"

"Jeter, through a combination of ability and context, did more of both those things than any player in the last 50 years. If he gets too much personal credit for team success in most quarters, well, he gets too little for it in stathead ones. This isn't to say that Jeter has special powers that make his teams win; it is to say that he's played more high-championship-leverage baseball than anyone in history and he's played well when doing so. That matters. Maybe Chad Mottola or Phil Nevin or B.J. Wallace -- or Felix Fermin -- would have done the same, but Jeter actually did."