Friday, September 26, 2014

Jeter to DH, Not Play SS, Versus Red Sox This Weekend

Yankees' Shortstop Derek Jeter will DH this weekend in Boston instead of playing shortstop.

Jeter, whose walk-off single against the Orioles yesterday ended the home part of his Hall-of-Fame career, revealed the decision after last night's victory, in which he went 2-for-5 with three RBIs.

"I played my last game at shortstop," Jeter told Newsday's David Lennon. "I wanted to take something special from Yankee Stadium and the view from shortstop here tonight is what I want to take from it."

Jeter added that he's not sure if he'll play tonight, but still wants to appear in the series out of respect for the New England fans. Remember, in the usually-bitter rivalry Jeter has often proved to be one of the few players liked by both sides, regardless of how dominant he's been for one of them.

"Out of respect for the Red Sox, their fans and the rivalry, I'm going to DH," Jeter said. "I don't know about [Friday night]. I'm not sure I will play. I hope people can respect my decision. I've only played shortstop my entire career and the last time I wanted to play was tonight."

Jeter's choice to do this stops his number of games started at the position at an impressive 2,674, the second highest total in baseball history. Indians great Omar Visquel is first on that list with 2,709.

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