Great Moments in Inventing Stats to Make Derek Jeter Look Better

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As I’ve said a couple of times in the past 24 hours, it’s possible to say that Derek Jeter is among the all-time greats while still thinking that some people overrate him.

That’s not a slight on Jeter. A player doesn’t “rate” himself, after all. It’s a comment on other people saying things that are unreasonable, separate and apart from whatever it is Derek Jeter did on the field. For example, it’s fair to say that Jeter was one of the best ballplayers of his era and a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Saying he was the best shortstop of all time, however, is simply not accurate by any objective measure and serves to overrate him.

That’s the usual stuff. We’ve heard that for years. On the occasion of his number retirement ceremony last night, some folks are taking it to a new level:

That’s . . . not a thing. And has no bearing on any reasonable assessment of Derek Jeter as an individual player. To the extent one thinks it does, someone needs to be consistent and use the stat to slam Ernie Banks as a bum.

I don’t expect that, though, because the people who say such things about Derek Jeter’s “personal W-L” record are not really invested in that metric as anything meaningful. They simply want to pump up the Jeter hype. To overrate him, for whatever reason.