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Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter is one of the greatest baseball players of modern day. He has a work ethic that exceeds most others. That is why he was so successful in Major League Baseball. He has had a tremendous amount of training and practice to become as great as he was. This is his story.

Derek Jeter

Lanky and athletic, Jeter was talented enough to play basketball at Kalamazoo Central High School, but he was determined to become a Major League Baseball player -- specifically, the starting shortstop for the New York Yankees. He batted over .500 in his final two years of high school baseball, striking out just once as a senior. Jeter won several national sports awards, including being named the American High School Coaches Association's 1992 "High School Player of the Year," the 1992 "Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year" and USA Today's "High School Player of the Year."

Shortly after, in 1992, he was drafted to the Yankees as the 6th pick in the draft.


Position: Shortstop

Bats: Right, Throws: Right

Height: 6' 3", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: June 26, 1974 in Pequannock, NJ (Age 41.311)

High School: Central HS (Kalamazoo, MI)

Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 1st round (6th pick) of the 1992 amateur draft.

Signed June 27, 1992.

Debut: May 29, 1995

Team: Yankees 1995-2015

Derek Jeter Awards

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Derek Jeter Salary/Contracts

Derek Jeter signed a 1 year / $12,000,000 contract with the New York Yankees, including an annual average salary of $12,000,000. He accumulated $269,000,000 for a 10 year contract.

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