Derek Jeter

The Captain

Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter was drafted by the New York Yankees in 1992 and has been playing since then, and has been one of the best leaders in baseball since. His final season was this past season, 2014. He will always be considered one of the greatest baseball players to ever live.

Early Career

The Yankees drafted Jeter out of high school in 1992, and he debuted in the major leagues in 1995. The following year, he became the Yankees' starting shortstop, won the Rookie of the year award, and helped the team win the 1996 World Series. Jeter continued to contribute during the team's championship seasons of 1998–2000; he finished third in voting for the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award in 1998, recorded multiple career-high numbers in 1999, and won both the All-Star Game MVP and World Series MVP Awards in 2000.

Later Career

He consistently placed among the AL leaders in hits and runs scored for most of his career, and served as the Yankees' team captain from 2003 until his retirement in 2014. Throughout his career, Jeter contributed reliably to the Yankees' franchise successes. He holds many postseason records, and has a .321 batting average in the World Series. Jeter has earned the nicknames of "Captain Clutch" and "Mr. November" due to his outstanding play in the postseason.

Jeter has been one of the most heavily marketed athletes of his generation and is involved in several product endorsements. His personal life and relationships with celebrities have drawn the attention of the media throughout his career. Teammates and opponents alike regard Jeter as a consummate professional and one of the best players of his generation.

Leadership

Jeter's accomplishments are outstanding and his team thrives of his play in such important games. This wouldn't be possible without his unrelenting will to win and his obvious leadership as team captain since the time he was with the Yankees.
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