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.
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