Epic Carnival | Where Sports and Pop Culture Collide: DEREK JETER IS OFFICIALLY HAVING THE WORST YEAR OF HIS LIFE


by WCT, The Ship of Fools

Once again, nobody else going to say it? Fine. I will: Derek Jeter is having the worst season since he was a 21 year-old late-season call-up in 1995.

Not only is the American League's 2008 All-Star starter at SS (ugh!) on pace to have his worst full-season totals in HR, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and stolen bases; but his numbers have seemingly taken a tumble all of the sudden.

In 2006, just two seasons ago, Jeter finished 2nd in the MVP balloting while amassing a .343 batting average, a 900 OPS, and 34 stolen bases. This season he is batting .281, with a 738 OPS (below league average), and 6 (6!) stolen bases. He has the same number as stolen bases in 107 games as somebody named Justin Christian has in 18. And to add insult to injury, he has grounded into the second most double plays of anyone in the American League.

His home run numbers the last 4 years read like this: 23, 19, 14, 12, and this year: 6. Slugging percentage: .471, .450, .483, .452, and in '08:.393. So while the (career low) batting average is still respectable, and he still hits better with runners in scoring position, it is inarguable that he has lost (or is in the process of losing) his power.

Joe Morgan said something very profound recently (I'm just as surprised as you are). He said, if you're in your 20s and you have a bad year, its a bad year. If you're in your 30s and you have a bad year, people start to whisper that you might be done. I'm not saying that Jeter is done -- he may kill it in the final few weeks of the '08 season, and/or he may bounce back and have an '09 season that is similar to his '06 season -- but his numbers have fallen off significantly and abruptly, and it may be cause for concern for the Yankee fans that have worshipped at his feet all these many years.

3 comment(s):

madnice said...

hes played 14 years. hes due a bad year. what the fuck?

DCScrap said...


Anonymous said...

As my good friend said to me...Maybe Jeter's just upset that A-Rod left him for Madonna!

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