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Would the Yankees Have Been Better off If Derek Jeter Had Left Shortstop?

class="ui-droppable">Once upon a time, Derek Jeter was a young, ascending American League shortstop, standing side-by-side with special talents like Alex Rodriguez and Nomar Garciaparra. While the New York Yankees reaped the benefits of a transcendent talent in the middle of the infield, Jeter's shortstop clock ticked away by the year.

Eventually, it was widely assumed, Jeter would move away from the demanding position. Across the history of baseball, great shortstops—from Cal Ripken Jr., to Robin Yount, to Miguel Tejada—moved to less difficult defensive positions as they aged.

For the Yankees, the natural option of sliding Jeter over to third base was eliminated from consideration when Rodriguez arrived in a trade from Texas ...

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