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Olbermann: Derek Jeter Isn't The Greatest Player Ever


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IMHO, has the casual fan overrated Jeter? Yes. But that is pretty much entirely attributed to his defensive short comings. He has made a few incredible defensive plays in some very big games that have no doubt led to him being overrated defensively, and those plays (particularly the flip pass to get Giambi in the playoffs and busting up his face to catch a ball in the stands against Boston) were great and can't be taken away from him. He is also a bit overrated because of the rings. Those are a team accomplishment, not an individual one. That being said, to his credit, if you look at his full body of postseason work, he performed in the postseason just as he had in the regular season.

Offensively, and especially when you consider the position he played, I think he deserves the credit he gets.

So ultimately, I think much of the criticism is over the top. Yes, the Yankees may have been better served by moving him down the order this season but, considering the state of the Yankees offense as a whole, that can be debated.

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