With Derek Jeter moments away from playing his final home game at Yankee Stadium, NBC’s Bob Costas took a moment to reflect on the Captain’s Hall of Fame career.
As Costas acknowledges in the video below, Jeter’s place in history won’t just be about the statistics that he produced on the field. While impressive in their own right, they don’t make him one of the best players of all-time or even the best player of this era. Part of Jeter’s legacy is about circumstance, playing for the Yankees at precisely the right time. But it’s also about the person, who managed to avoid any real scandal while playing his entire 20-year major league career in the biggest media market in the world.
Call Jeter “overrated” if you want, but looking purely at his statistics or defensive shortcomings is missing the nuances of a unique individual in a unique situation. And that’s what makes his legacy both polarizing and fascinating.
Watch Costas’ take below:
Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly been highly sought after this offseason.
The 31-year-old lefty finished his second campaign with the Orioles in 2017, producing an 8-15 record in 32 starts and ranking second-to-last among all AL starters with a 5.61 ERA, 5.3 BB/9 and 8.1 SO/9 in 157 1/3 innings. Even taking Miley’s undeniable durability into account — he remained healthy for the bulk of the season and completed his sixth straight year with 30+ starts — his declining value and career-worst numbers may lower his price tag as the 2018 season approaches.
Wolfson notes that the Twins have engaged in “regular dialogue” with Miley’s agent this winter, but he’s far from the only starting pitcher they have their eye on. Right-handers Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Chris Tillman are still on their radar, among several others, and club owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday that he was “totally on board” with the idea of signing a big-name free agent like Darvish or another available starter. “There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there,” Pohlad told a crowd at TwinsFest. “I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody.”