All right, there is no sense in delaying the inevitable conversation any longer. The topic is Derek Jeter - Le Capitan.
The .317 life batting avg., 5 200-hit seasons, post season numbers that are money in the bank, and a top 5 fielder year in and year out is beyond reproach. Ok - he's good, maybe great as a producing ball player. - - It is not enough.
It is the intangibles, the qualities that are a must if you are going to lead a team to the top and simply put - Jeter comes up short in that regard and he is clearly in over his head.
It takes more than numbers to be a great leader; a great champion. It takes passion (think Paul O'Neill), it takes emotion (Brosius), and it takes loyalty (Mattingly). These are all areas in which it is highly questionable that Jeter possesses any of these qualities with any level of consistency. There is just too much evidence out there to dispute this claim (exhibit 1 and 2 - team lifelessness ALDS, no standing up for A-Rod). Other great players have been in a similar situation, some have figured it out and went on to win, and win big (Jordan - about 7 seasons), and others have yet to figure out and find themselves explaining why they came up short (Peyton Manning). So what's it going to be DJ?
If the Yanks are to regain form and return to the pinnacle, then Jeter needs to step it up in areas other than the numbers. He needs to lead the charge, and his teammates need to know he has their back so they can have the confidence to go out there and do what they are paid to do.
Captain or not, step it up.