Derek Jeter got off to an amazing start this season as he hit .404/.439/.605 through the first 26 games of the season. Sure most players are showing signs of aging at 37, but this is Jeter and he’s a Hall of Famer maybe he could keep it up all year.
Things got rough for The Captain at that point though and over his next 51 games he hit an anemic .243/.301/.298. A slump perhaps, but as he celebrated his 38th birthday it is always hard to get that thought out of your head that even Hall of Famers fade eventually. Maybe he wasn’t as bad as that streak represented, but it showed that he probably wasn’t as good as the first one either.
On July 2nd his batting average dropped below .300 for the first time since the third game of the season and a harsh reality began to set it. Then, similar to what he did last season, he turned his year around.
Over the last 36 games, Jeet has been hitting .362/.386/.467. Very solid numbers and unlike his hot streak to start off the season these numbers seem much more realistic. Jeter clearly doesn’t have the same pop he once had, and he’s not as patient at the plate, but a 38-year-old who can consistently hit .300? I’ll take it.
Now if he could just turn around the pathetic defensive season he is having.