What Jeter Said

I’m not quite sure what to make of the Derek Jeter quote at the end of this piece from Chad Jennings over at LoHud.

“I don’t necessarily change things based on results,” Jeter said. As I said, I don’t really quite know what to make of it. I know that players make changes to their swings and approaches because they’re professionals and they–along with the coaches who monitor them day in and day out–can tell when something is off just by the feel of their swings when they’re up at the plate. However, I think Jeter needs to start paying attention to his results and make the according adjustments.

Jeter’s walk rate is down to 7.7%, which is down from his 9.0% career rate. Perhaps he has been working on this, as his walk rate since June 1st is 11.11%, which is solid. The farther that goes up, the better. Maybe Jeter’s making an effort to see more pitches and get on base or maybe it’s just regression to the mean; whatever it is, I like it and hope it keeps up.

The other area of concern is Jeter’s batted ball data. His LD% is at a career low 17.7% and his groundball rate is at a shockingly high 66.8%. Something Derek is doing is causing him to hit the ball with a lot less authority than he normally does. Of course, this is having an inverse effect on his batting average. You know I’m not one to focus on batting average, and Jeter’s never been an empty BA hitter, but he’s not exactly a Nick Swisher or Adam Dunn type who can keep his OBP super-high without a solid batting average. Jeter’s average sits at .272 at the time of writing (not including Thursday night’s game vs. KC) which isn’t awful and should look to rebound. After all, his BABIP is way down to .302 (career .357). When that starts to rise, his average will jump back up too. But, that’s something I’ve been saying all year.

Until Jeter does look at his results and sees the absurd amount of groundouts and lack of line drives and subsequently fixes whatever is causing him to fall into this pattern, his average will stay low and his year will look a lot worse than it could be.

This is Derek Jeter we’re talking about, so it’s not like it’s some talentless hack who doesn’t put effort into his game. I have full faith in him to fix his game. I also have faith in hitting coach Kevin Long to tell and show Jeter what he needs to do. After that, maybe he can fix Curtis Granderson (I love you, Curtis but it’s getting really hard to defend you, dude).

A native and resident of the Mean Streets of Southwestern Connecticut, Matt is a narcissistic, misanthropic 20something English teacher who lives by a simple creed: Yankees Only.

4 thoughts on “What Jeter Said

  1. Brien Jackson

    It’s Jeter, so I’m just assuming that what he said doesn’t mean much of anything at all.

  2. DaveinMD

    It probably means, he makes changes based on how he feels his swing is at the time. Not on whether balls are dropping.

  3. dsss

    I too was taken back by Jeter’s comment. How can a professional in anything actually say when things aren’t going right that you don’t look at the results. Has he bought into his own myth or is he just clueless. I find it hard to believe he is clueless, so it must be a combination of his ego, denial and frustration.

    Of course there is always the inevitable decline has started. Forget the past, as he is different then when he was younger. Too many people cannot accept the fact that things and skills change as you age- the ego gets in the way. Decline doesn’t have to hit like a ton of bricks, it can be a slower process.

    Although confidence is important to performance, faith doesn’t really make a player better.

  4. Kevin Ocala, Fl

    Maybe what we are witnessing is the beginning of the end. Then again, maybe he’s just mired in a slump…

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