Who Should Run The Yankees Post-Derek Jeter?

As we all know, Derek Jeter is the captain of the New York Yankees & he is known as the “clubhouse leader.” But what will happen when Derek Jeter retires? Won’t the Yankees need a new leader or “captain”? Wallace Matthews of ESPN narrows down who he thinks the Yankees “leader” might be by the time Jeter rides into the sunset. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Assuming it must be an everyday player — starting pitchers, of course, work once every five days and most of them are pretty scarce around the clubhouse in between starts — I am eliminating CC Sabathia, although I recognize his role as a strong, mature clubhouse presence is real.

I also tend to discount Russell Martin, who certainly has leadership qualities but has only been a Yankee for one season and may not be one for many more after this one. My guess is it will come from one of the infielders, either Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano or, believe it or not,Alex Rodriguez.

Out of the 3 choices it would seem that Alex Rodriguez would get seniority and become “leader” once Jeter is gone, but I don’t think that Rodriguez would be the best choice to lead the Yankees. Rodriguez doesn’t have the cleanest (pun intended) history and he has a highly publicized personal life which could interfere with his image. If I would want someone to lead the Yankees, it would have to be someone with class, dignity and poise which is why if it were up to me, it would be Robinson Cano.

Sure, Cano hasn’t been here longer than A-Rod but Cano has showed everyone what it means to truly be a Yankee. He loves New York, would do anything for the team, and he is a good role model. New and young players find Cano approachable and Cano is able to take them under his wing and show them the ropes. Cano also never gets caught up in the publicity and never gets himself into trouble. If I were a teammate, I would want someone like that leading the way.

But as we all know, every fan has their own opinion. So who would you think would be the best leader for the Yankees once Jeter decides to hang it up? Put your comments in the section below.

To read Wallace Matthews ESPN article Click Here

About Delia E.

Delia Enriquez is the managing editor of Yankees Fans Unite. She enjoys analyzing the New York Yankees whether it be their pitching, roster or their manager. You can follow her on twitter @dfiregirl4 for more tweets, analysis and opinion on the Yankees.

Posted on February 15, 2012, in Personal Opinion and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Why do we assume that there must or will be a “captain”. Unless I’m mistaken the Yankees have gone through periods in their history where there was NO captain. I would think that after Jeter retires which will either be at the end of the 2013 season or more likely the 2014 season The Yankees will go through a period of 3 years “captainless”. I realize there is no such word and I could have easily said “without a captain” but captainless just struck my fancy. At that point there will be a whole new crop of Yankees. The Yankees captain of the future may not even be on today’s Yankees team.

  2. uyf1950….
    As most fans know, after Lou Gehrig there were 30 years before another Captain was named. Munson was the first, followed by Nettles, Mattingly and finally Jeter..somewhere in that mixture was a set of co-captain Guidry was one of them…the other one, slips my gray matter for now. When some one tells me who it was, just remember, “I knew that”, err, give or take a couple names!
    Bottom line is…King Geo. decided that it was time to put the shadow of Lou Gehrig to rest, he said the team needed a Captain.
    The last few years have shown the team has no need for a Captain at all. We have a few very strong personalities on this team now. I will not put a name to them because, whom ever I name, will have fans criticizing one or the other, name their own choice and be happy ever after…or, something like that!
    The team hasn’t really had a Captain, they have had the Face of the Yankees Jeter. Jeter like Joe T. was there at the right place at the right time. The fact that Jeter was the perfect fit for the job has nothing to do with a new Captain. They just have NO need for one anymore…the days of the warrior are long gone…Billy M, Reggie J., Munson, Bobby M and the rest are all gone. Now one is judged on how PC they are rather then how they do their job on the field!

  3. OldYankee – just so others are aware the Yankees had NO Captains in the years:
    1926 through 1934
    1940 through 1975
    1980 and 1981
    1989 and 1990
    1996 through 2002

    I don’t think there is a need for a “Captain” and in my opinion you are 100% correct Jeter has been more the face of the Yankees than the “Captain.

  4. Matt, I think we will have a resolution to the AJ Burnett trade pretty soon. I’m not at all sure the Travis Hefner opportunity with the Indians is as dead as some may have thought. Or at least I hope it isn’t.

    It would some more then just the AJ issue for the Yankees.

  5. I am going from memory but I think there were no Captains from Lou to Munson about 30 years because Lou was such a special player they said there would never be another Captain. But, King Geo. said, “I want a Captain and you are it Munson!” or something like that.
    True about Jeter but, The King knew what he was doing, Jeter has been great so far as the Yankee Face. 🙂

  6. I seem to recall the Boss thought enough time had passed since the “Iron Horse” had died and that Munson was the exact type person Mr Steinbrenner wanted. But I could be wrong.

    • Ok this is it…
      You may be more right then I am! I was going from an interview he had one time and was asked about Munson being the Captain. He said something like this; I called Munson in and told him I wanted him to be the Captain, Munson said “I don’t want to be the Captain” and I told him “I don’t care, I want a Captain and you are it”.
      Again this is from an old memory cell some where in my head, and it could be faulty.
      Good nite I am out of here.

  7. I think I’m done for the night as well. Spent to much time on the computer already today. I hope to wake up tomorrow and read where the Yankees have completed a deal for AJ. Any deal at this point will do. Night all.

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