Derek Jeter

By: Layne Gladden

Early Life

Derek Sanderson Jeter was born on June 26, 1974 in the city of Pequannock Township, New Jersey. Derek had 1 sister named Sharlee. Derek Jeter lived with both his mom and dad. They met while serving in the United States Army in Germany. When Jeter was a child, his parents made him sign a contract every year that set acceptable and unacceptable forms of behavior. When he was 4 years old he Derek moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan. Jeter attended Kalamazoo Central High School, where he ran cross country in the fall, played basketball in the winter and played baseball in the spring.eter received several honors after his senior season. These included an All-State honorable mention, distinguishing him as one of the best high school baseball players in Michigan, the Kalamazoo Area B'nai B'rith Award for Scholar Athlete, the 1992 High School Player of the Year Award from the American Baseball Coaches Assosiation, the 1992 Gatorade High School Player of the year, and USA Today‍ '​s High School Player of the Year. Kalamazoo Central High School inducted Jeter into its Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003 and renamed its baseball field in his honor in 2011. Jeter's baseball talents drew the attention of the University of MIchigan, which offered him a baseball Scholarship to attend and play college baseball for the Michigan Wolverine Baseball team.
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Jeter has won five Gold Glove Awards, trailing only Vizquel Dave Concepción, and Mark Belanger for most by a shortstop. He is credited with positing himself well and for a quick release when he throws the ball. One of his signature defensive plays is the "jump-throw", by which he leaps and throws to first base while moving towards third base.

Despite this, Jeter's defense has been the subject of criticism from a number of sabermetricians, including Rob Neyer and the publicationBaseball Prospectus. The 2006 book The Fielding Bible by John Dewan contains an essay by Bill James in which he concludes that Jeter "was probably the most ineffective defensive player in the major leagues, at any position" over his entire career. A 2008 study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that, from 2002 through 2005, Jeter was the worst defensive shortstop in MLB. Two sites that rely on advanced defensive statistics, and, rated Jeter below middle-of-the-pack status in 2010, despite his receiving his fifth Gold Glove Award that season.Jeter committed 18 errors in 2007, his highest total since finishing with 24 in 2000. After the season, Cashman and his staff saw Jeter's defense as an area that needed to be addressed. At the Yankees' request, Jeter embarked on a rigorous training program to combat the effects of age, by focusing on lateral movement and first-step quickness. Jeter's ultimate zone rating (UZR) improved from worst in the AL for shortstops in 2007 to close to league average in 2008