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Thursday June 13th 2024


Derek Jeter’s Defensive Improvement Not Mere Coincidence

style="text-align: justify;">Derek Jeter won the Gold Glove award three years in a row from 2004 through 2006, but was still considered by many to be an inferior defender at shortstop to the point where "Past A Diving Jeter" became a cliched phrase.

His UZR in those years was -0.4, -14.3, and -6.8. At a position where defense is imperativeve, those numbers just weren’t cutting it. Recently, however, there has been a different trend.

In 2007, his UZR was at an all-time low at -15.3, it rebounded quite a bit in 2008 to -0.5, but it was still in the negative range. Last year he posted a career high 6.6, the first positive number since they started keeping track of UZR.

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