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:
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner could be headed back to the 10-day disabled list after aggravating a groin injury during Sunday’s game against the Brewers, David Vassegh reports. Turner initially suffered an adductor muscle injury before the All-Star break. He pinch-hit on Saturday and started Sunday afternoon for the first time since July 11. However, he lasted only three innings before exiting the game.
Turner, 33, didn’t make his season debut until May 15 after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his left wrist after being hit by a pitch in a spring training game in mid-March. In 192 plate appearances this season, Turner is hitting .259/.354/.398 with five home runs, 20 RBI, and 21 runs scored.
The Dodgers have been starting Max Muncy at third base in Turner’s place and that figures to be the case should Turner need to go on the disabled list. The club also recently acquired Manny Machado from the Orioles. He could potentially play some third base while Turner is out.