Player Profile: Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter is entering his 15th Major League season at the age of 35. He will turn 36 on June 24th. He is once again the starting shortstop and Captain for the defending World Series Champion New York Yankees. Here are some tidbits about Derek you may or may not know.

Jeter was born in Pequannock Township, New Jersey, in 1974. Derek and his family moved to Kalamazoo Michigan when he was four. During his childhood Derek's sister Sharlee would take him to Yankee games during the summer in which they stayed with their grandmother in New Jersey. Derek became a huge fan of the Yankees. Jeter says his inspiration for playing baseball came from former Yankee Dave Winfield.

Jeter joined his high school baseball team. He also was a member of the high school basketball team. In 2003 Derek was inducted into the Kalamazoo Central High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Jeter was drafted in 1992 as the sixth overall pick by the Yankees. He was discovered by Astros scout Hal Newhouser. The Astros chose to overlook Jeter in the '92 draft because Derek insisted on a salary bonus of $1 million or more to sign. The Yankees then chose him and the rest is history.

Derek Jeter is a 10-time All-Star and 5- World Series Champion. He has won 4 Glove Glove Awards and 4 Silver Slugger Awards. He is just coming off his 2nd best season of his career. While his defense and declining skills came into question, Derek rose to the occasion and quited the critics and won a championship.

In 2010 Jeter is looking to repeat the success of 2009 both personally and with his team. At season's end, Derek will be a free agent. He has said it is his every intention to remain a Yankee until he retires and the Yankees have stated the same. This generation's Joe DiMaggio has a lot to smile for. He's done it all in a place where the lights shine brightest. 2010 looks to be another winnning and successful season for Derek Jeter...what else would you expect?
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