Derek Jeter To Attend Yankees Spring Training?
Former Yankees captain Derek Jeter might once again don the pinstripes this spring.
However, for the first time in his career he’ll be wearing a Yankees uniform without being a member of the active roster.
In his weekly podcast, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com mentioned that he ran into Derek Jeter’s fiancé Hannah Davis out in Hawaii where the two spoke about good old number 2.
"“We talked to her real quick about Jeter, and asked how he’s doing,” Hoch said. “Hopefully we’ll see Jeter at some point in Spring Training. I think that he wanted to take that year off, I think now that year has passed and maybe he’ll drop by Spring Training, for a day or maybe as a guest instructor.”"
Of course this doesn’t guarantee that Derek Jeter will make an appearance at George M. Steinbrenner field this spring, but judging from his podcast, it seems like a real possibility.
While I don’t think Jeter would ever play the role of a guest instructor, I do think he’ll make a few guest appearances to talk to some of his old friends and offer some advice to the next generation of New York Yankees.
The 2015 ESPYs Icon Award winner last appeared in a pinstripes uniform when he ended his career in fashion with a walk-off hit against the Baltimore Orioles on September 25th, 2014.
Aside from a few appearances in the Bronx during the retirement ceremonies of former teammates Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada and ‘Dandy’ Andy Pettitte, Derek Jeter has remained out of the loop when it comes to anything baseball related, but of course that was expected.
Jeter is busy with his upstart media platform The Players Tribune, making guest appearances at Michigan Universities National Signing Day and of course his engagement to super model Hannah Davis.
Last winter the former captain did meet with several Yankees prospects to talk about taking the next step in the minors and maintaining the level of play of a major leaguer and all the pressure that comes with it.
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Earlier this month the Yankees announced they will dedicate a plaque to Mariano Rivera in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium on August 14th before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays, so you have to believe that a plaque dedicated to Derek Jeter is already in the works.
But until then, I’m looking forward to the seeing Derek Jeter make a few appearances this spring.