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Derek Jeter's Legacy as a New York Yankee

Joseph Sordi is the managing director for Strategic Security Corporation, a security guard and risk management company with offices across the United States. A former sergeant with the New York Police Department, Joseph Sordi is a fan of former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

No player has meant more to the New York Yankees in the modern era than Jeter. Now 42 years old, the New Jersey native retired in 2014 after manning the middle of the infield for 20 seasons. Jeter made an immediate splash with the Yankees in 1996, his first full season with the team, winning Rookie of the Year on the strength of a 10–home run and 78-RBI season. He finished top three in MVP voting three times throughout his extensive career and played in 14 all-star games.

Though his range at shortstop deteriorated toward the end of his career, Jeter was a dominant fielder during his prime, evidenced by his five Gold Glove awards, three of which were won in consecutive years. He finished his career with 260 home runs, 1,311 runs batted in, a 0.310 batting average, and five World Series rings. ESPN ranked Jeter as the seventh-best Yankee of all time.

 

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