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Is Derek Jeter A Cheater?


No, he’s not. Let me preface this by saying that I do not believe Derek Jeter is using steroids or performance-enhancing drugs of any kind. My intent is not to call him out on anything, but rather to pose a thought-provoking debate on the tenets of current sports writing.

Hypothetical question: Will any sportswriter have the gall to call Derek Jeter out on his performance?

We all know Jeet is having a tremendous season. He is hitting .376/.421/.556/.977 with five homers (he had six all of last season), 15 RBI, 23 runs scored, a .421 wOBA, a 161 OPS+ and 1.6 WAR in 31 games. He became the fastest Yankee to get 50 hits, and those 50 hits are the most in baseball this season. Not too shabby for a guy who was written off as recently as last season.

Any Yankee fan can tell you that Captain was one of the hottest hitters in baseball once he came off the DL in July last season, but what about the season and a half prior to that? 2010 was his worst statistical season and even with his hot second half last year he still couldn’t break a 100 OPS+ (he put up a 98).* This brings me back to my original question: Will anybody in the mainstream media have the testicular/ovarian fortitude to question where this surge came from?

My first instinct says no. Derek has always been a great player, class act, said the right things, treated the media well, etc; more often than not the MSM will leave players whom they like alone. However, this is just too good to be true. Derek Jeter — the guy who can do no wrong, the Rookie of the Year who won four World Series titles in his first five seasons, the good-looking player who told all his friends when he was young that he would one day be the Yankees’ shortstop, the guy who can pick up any supermodel/actress/smoke show like she’s a drunken fatso who just got dumped — is revitalizing his left-for-dead career one month prior to his 38th birthday.

I have to figure that some young, brash writer looking to make a name for him(or her)self will sacrifice his (or her) integrity for page views or to sell newspapers/magazines. We’ve seen a similar story before with — and I’m not comparing these two players at all, Jeter is obviously much more high-profile — Raul Ibanez in 2009.

My feeling is this: If any writer does try to tarnish Jeter’s recent accomplishments — and I think some poor schmuck out there will before all is said and done — he or she will wake up the next day with a much worse parting gift than a basket of signed memorabilia.

*I understand that his crummy 2010 and first half of 2011 was due to injuries. As I said at the top of this post, I’m not trying to call him out and in no way, shape or form believe he is doing PEDs. Just trying to pose a hypothetical here.

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  • sward92151

    The use of lurid, sensationalistic headlines is a disrespect to your readers and a sign of laziness on the part of the author.  It only serves to grab a reader into actually reading your article, which very carefully pointed out that no, Jeter does not cheat.  It would be lke me posting a tweet saying…Go Read Andrew Corselli – Is He a Plagerist? and then saying no, of course not.  But I have already mislead my audience.  Unfortunately, now everytime I see a link with your name in it, I will probably avoid it. No trusting what you write.

    • Andrew Corselli

       @sward92151 Sward,
      I meant no disrespect to you or any of my readers with my headline. I apologize if I hurt or mislead you in any way. I honestly mean that, I’m not being sarcastic and I sincerely hope you at least liked what I wrote. Or at the very least I hope it was thought provoking. I was only trying to write a good post and I thought the headline was apropos the topic.
       
      I appreciate you offering your opinion, and I want a chance to rebuttal. I’ll try to address all your points here. Please be aware that I’m not trying to be snarky, just defending myself.
       
      <i>It only serves to grab a reader into actually reading your article</i>
      The whole point of headlines is to draw the reader in. Check out this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_engine_optimization.
       
      <i> your article, which very carefully pointed out that no, Jeter does not cheat. </i>
      <i> No trusting what you write. </i>
      *sings* One of these things is not like the other.
       
      My headline doesn’t say ‘Derek Jeter IS A Cheater!’ it says ‘IS Derek Jeter A Cheater?’ There’s a big difference there. And the reason I chose it is because…I really think you’d get it if you read the whole article. Did you even read the whole article?
       
      And where did I say anything that would warrant a loss of trust? Because I used an attention-grabbing headline — which isn’t in the slightest bit libelous — once in two+ years of writing for this site you can’t trust my writing? That seems a bit harsh.
       
      <i> It would be lke me posting a tweet saying…Go Read Andrew Corselli – Is He a Plagerist? and then saying no, of course not. </i>
      I honestly wouldn’t care if you posted that tweet as long as you make it abundantly clear that I am not a plagiarist and I got page views out of it.
       
       
      I wasn’t trying to be a jerk with this reply, I only wanted to defend myself. And if I didn’t change your mind I hope you continue to enjoy the site. Take care.
       
      Go Yanks!

    • Andrew Corselli

       @sward92151 sward92151,
      I meant no disrespect to you or any of my readers with my headline. I apologize if I hurt or mislead you in any way. I honestly mean that, I’m not being sarcastic and I sincerely hope you at least liked what I wrote. Or at the very least I hope it was thought provoking. I was only trying to write a good post and I thought the headline was apropos the topic.
       
      I appreciate you offering your opinion, and I want a chance to rebuttal. I’ll try to address all your points here. Please be aware that I’m not trying to be snarky, just defending myself.
       
      Your point “It only serves to grab a reader into actually reading your article
       
      The whole point of headlines is to draw the reader in. Check out this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_engine_optimization.
       
      YP: “…your article, which very carefully pointed out that no, Jeter does not cheat.” “No trusting what you write.”
       
      *sings* One of these things is not like the other.
       
      My headline doesn’t say ‘Derek Jeter IS A Cheater!’ it says ‘IS Derek Jeter A Cheater?’ There’s a big difference there. And the reason I chose it is because…I really think you’d get it if you read the whole article. Did you even read the whole article?
       
      And where did I say anything that would warrant a loss of trust? Because I used an attention-grabbing headline — which isn’t in the slightest bit libelous — once in two+ years of writing for this site you can’t trust my writing? That seems a bit harsh.
       
      YP: “It would be lke me posting a tweet saying…Go Read Andrew Corselli – Is He a Plagerist? and then saying no, of course not.”
       
      I honestly wouldn’t care if you posted that tweet as long as you make it abundantly clear that I am not a plagiarist and I got page views out of it.
       
       
      I wasn’t trying to be a jerk with this reply, I only wanted to defend myself. I really think you’re overreacting to the headline, but if I didn’t change your mind I hope you are able to continue to enjoy the site. Take care.
       
      Go Yanks!

    • Andrew Corselli

      @sward92151
      I meant no disrespect to you or any of my readers with my headline. I apologize if I hurt or mislead you in any way. I honestly mean that, I’m not being sarcastic and I sincerely hope you at least liked what I wrote. Or at the very least I hope it was thought provoking. I was only trying to write a good post and I thought the headline was apropos the topic.
       
      I appreciate you offering your opinion, and I want a chance to rebuttal. I’ll try to address all your points here. Please be aware that I’m not trying to be snarky, just defending myself.
       
      Your point “It only serves to grab a reader into actually reading your article…”
       
      The whole point of headlines is to draw the reader in. Check out this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_engine_optimization.
       
      YP: “…your article, which very carefully pointed out that no, Jeter does not cheat.” “No trusting what you write.”
       
      *sings* One of these things is not like the other.
       
      My headline doesn’t say ‘Derek Jeter IS A Cheater!’ it says ‘IS Derek Jeter A Cheater?’ There’s a big difference there. And the reason I chose it is because…I really think you’d get it if you read the whole article. Did you even read the whole article?
       
      And where did I say anything that would warrant a loss of trust? Because I used an attention-grabbing headline — which isn’t in the slightest bit libelous — once in two+ years of writing for this site you can’t trust my writing? That seems a bit harsh.
       
      YP: “It would be lke me posting a tweet saying…Go Read Andrew Corselli – Is He a Plagerist? and then saying no, of course not.”
       
      I honestly wouldn’t care if you posted that tweet as long as you made it abundantly clear that I am not a plagiarist, I got page views out of it and you used proper grammar/spelling/punctuation.
       
       
      I wasn’t trying to be a jerk with this reply, I only wanted to defend myself. I really think you’re overreacting to the headline, but if I didn’t change your mind I hope you are able to continue to enjoy the site. Take care.
       
      Go Yanks!

    • Andrew Corselli

      @sward92151 I apologize if you feel I misled you with my headline, that was not my intent. I have never used lurid or sensationalistic headlines before and I wasn’t trying to scam my readers with this one. Again, I apologize if you took offense in any way to this post. My objective was certainly not to alienate any readers.
       
      I’m just curious, did you read the whole article or just the headline and the first sentence?

      • sward92151

         @Andrew Corselli  @sward92151
         I read the entire article

        • Andrew Corselli

           @sward92151 And you still didn’t get the headline?

        • sward92151

           @Andrew Corselli
           Yes Andrew I actually got what you were saying.  I am guessing you, however, did not get what I was saying.   The link to your article was posted on Twitter with ONLY the headline.  It was a sensationalistic headline trying to draw in readers with a false statement-hence my example of “Andrew Corselli? Go read him – he is a plagerist!” False statement, I am assuming, but inflammatory enough to draw in readers under false pretenses.  THAT was my problem with your headline.  A headline should reflect the heart of the story-not be a statement that you spend an article refuting.

        • Andrew Corselli

           @sward92151 I apologize if my previous comment came off as snarky, I did not mean to insult you or get you so upset. I am also not trying to start an internet pissing war with you. I’m sorry if that’s how I come off.
           
          The reason I chose the headline is because it would be what MSM is saying about Jeter if they decide to call him out — which is what the entire article is about. I guess I did not do a good enough job of illustrating that, which is my fault.
           
          I apologize again if you still take offense to it. I did not write the headline for shock value. I feel it is apropos the subject of my post.
           
          As for Twitter, you definitely didn’t get the link from one of my tweets because I put a little blurb w/ it when I tweeted the article. Also, the headline is not a false statement. It is a question posed.
           
          As I said before, I wholeheartedly apologize if you are still upset about it. I never had any intentions of misleading, alienating or upsetting any readers; that would be a foolish move as the whole point of a blog is to draw readers in and keep them coming back.
           
          I hope this one post hasn’t sullied your view of Yanks Go Yard and you are at least still able to enjoy the other writers here. Sorry again if you are still upset.
           
          Take care and go Yanks!