Derek Jeter is at the center of attention in the baseball world right now.
He is is also batting .222 with only 2 home runs and 22 RBIs. He has only hit a home run in one game this year, as both homers were in the same game. Jeter spent some time out of the lineup after suffering a calf injury on June 13, and the Yankees had a staggering 14-4 record with out him, and a 37-31 record with him, so they are obviously better without Jeter.
On the other side of New York City, there is another shortstop on another New York baseball team. This shortstop is batting .354 with 3 home runs and 32 RBIs. Like Jeter, he has spent some time out of the lineup with injury. While he has been in the lineup, he has turned around the season for a struggling franchise, and electrified the baseball world with his outstanding play. He is most definitely the best player in baseball at this moment.
His name is Jose Reyes.
For some odd reason, Jeter is getting all of the attention regarding the fact that he is only 2 hits away from reaching 3,000 hits for his career. Once again, the sports world fails
to recognize a superstar who is playing out of his mind, and instead, focuses on a struggling player who is closing on a milestone. This is just proof on how baseball continues to stick like glue to the names of the past, and hesitating to move on from the big names to names like Jose Reyes, Matt Kemp, Jose Bautista, and Felix Hernandez.
Jose Reyes is overwhelmingly outplaying Jeter (BA is .132 higher) as well as the rest of the league at this moment. He is a strong candidate for NL MVP, and is starting at shortstop for the National League in the All-star game.
The starting shortstop for the American League: Jeter.
It is just more proof on how baseball is struggling to cut ties with its past.
By Sam Brief