There have been many great infielders in baseball, but very few match up to what Derek Jeter has done on and off the field. Jeter, who suffered a left ankle injury in September, was shut down for the remainder of the Yankees’ disappointing season.
This was not a shocker to Yankees fans due to the fact that Jeter started the 2013 season on the DL. On top of all this, when Jeter suited up for the Bronx Bombers, he failed to produce offensively, batting .190 over the course of 17 games. What concerned most Yankees fans was Jeter’s lack of mobility on the field.
Jeter has a tough task this offseason. He must become healthy again, find a way to perform at the plate, and become more mobile on the field. Jeter is currently loved by the city of New York, but if he fails to perform during the 2014 season, don’t be surprised to see Yankees fans grow impatient with him — especially if the Yankees fail to win games.
Although there are many skeptics, Jeter seems confident in his return next year and feels that he will be able to regain his health and strength over the offseason. The Yankees will definitely need him.