A historical perspective on Jeter and Cano
Derek Jeter has been one of the best offensive shortstops in history. Robinson Cano is an offensive force rarely seen as a second baseman. Neither’s game is without flaws. Jeter, of course, is not very good defensively. Cano is not the most patient of hitters and can sometimes give at bats away. In a magnified market like New York, those flaws are raked over and debated endlessly. And before Cano, there was Alfonso Soriano. Soriano had his offensive skills but lacked Cano’s defensive skills. And the same can be said for Chuck Knoblauch before him. It can be safely said that during Jeter’s run, the middle of the infield for the Yankees has been an offensive gold mine. From a different perspective–a historical one–what the Yankees have had in the middle of their infield the past seventeen seasons is unique and quite unlike anything the Yankees have seen in the last fifty years.