Commentary

Yankees should shift Jeter to CF

Originally Published: February 4, 2009
By Christina Kahrl | Baseball Prospectus

One area in which the present really shouldn't compare poorly with the past is in legend-making. How the story gets told might be different, but we still have heroes on the diamond whose reputations transcend what they do and how well they do it. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the case of future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter.

The debate over Jeter's virtues as a defender has long been a basic touchstone of the sabermetric landscape. Assessments of his value with the glove mark one of the most startling specific divisions between analysts and scouts, between performance and anecdotal observation, between documented statistical evidence and reputation. But the evidence against his glovework at short has become so damning that a compelling case can be made for The Captain to move where the Yankees need him most, center field.

[+] EnlargeDerek Jeter
AP Photo/Julie JacobsonThe numbers argue for the Yankees to move Derek Jeter from SS, but how would the public react?

To continue reading this article you must be an Insider