Listing off the accomplishments of New York Yankees immortal Derek Jeter has been done a million times, and those accomplishments were good enough to get him inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on the first ballot.
Alongside former Rockies star Larry Walker and Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons, Jeter will be inducted on Tuesday, putting a capstone on one of the greatest careers in modern baseball history. Jeter became the 61st player in baseball history to have been associated with the Yankees to be inducted, and the 24th to go into Cooperstown as a Yankee.
While his day job as the CEO of the Miami Marlins keeps him occupied nowadays, the baseball world will always think of Jeter as one of the most consistent and lethal shortstops of his age, constantly setting the Yankees up but clutch hits and putting up career numbers that are simply mind-blowing.
Jeter hopes that his legacy as the captain of the Yankees and one of the greatest players in franchise history remains intact for years to come. He was quoted as saying that he “wanted to be remembered as a Yankee, that’s it” when discussing his place in baseball history.
Derek Jeter is first and foremost a Yankees legend.
Jeter’s statistical accomplishments, which include being ranked sixth all-time in hits and having amassed 14 All-Star games, are enough to put him at or near the top of most relevant baseball lists. After all, when you’re one of the bests offensive shortstops in the game for as long as he was, you can write your own ticket to Cooperstown.
Perhaps even more impressive is the fact he contributed to five championships and oversaw one of the most dominant stretches in baseball history, speaking to his credentials as a captain and leader.
Considering that Jeter played his entire 25-year career as a professional with this organization, his accomplishments will be forever interwoven with the DNA of the modern Yankees. We’re pretty sure that Jeter’s request to be remembered forever in pinstripes will be honored considering how synonymous he has become with the franchise.
Simmons was a great catcher in his time, and Walker is a deserving entrant after years of festering on the ballot, but Jeter will be the star of the show on induction day, as the class and grace he exhibited during his two decades of dominance with New York will be on full display in front of a sea of Yankee fans on Tuesday.
Just make sure you finish that speech up, No. 2.