Here’s the shortstop WAR leaderboard (min. 75 percent of career games at short):
- Cal Ripken Jr.: 95.9 WAR
- Ozzie Smith: 76.9 WAR
- Bill Dahlen: 75.4 WAR
- Luke Appling: 74.5 WAR
- Arky Vaughan: 72.9 WAR
- Derek Jeter: 72.4 WAR
Ripken and Smith are the only players ahead of Jeter who started their careers after World War II. Drop the minimum to 50 percent of career games at shortstop, and Jeter is still ninth on the leaderboard. Slice and dice it anyway you want, and Jeter is still a top-10 shortstop all-time.
Read that last sentence again. And file it under “Who’s screwing around with statistics this week?”
Jeter deserves to be in. I’m not arguing that point. But why make an issue just because one voter didn’t go his way?
Just shut the fuck up and move on. THIS IS NOT AN ISSUE.