New York Yankees: Does October belong to Derek Jeter?

It has been obvious for a while now that the 2010 regular season was not going to be one to remember for Derek Jeter.

Maybe it was too much to expect him to match his resurgent 2009 — in which he hit .334, the fourth-highest batting average of his career, raised his on-base percentage to over .400 and posted 212 hits, just seven below the high-water mark he reached in 1999, when he had more hits than anyone in baseball.

But now that the regular season is over and Jeter has officially achieved career lows in just about every offensive category — his final batting average, .270 is 34 points lower than his career average of .314, his OBP of .340 is not only the worst of his career as a regular but the lowest of any New York Yankees regular other than Curtis Granderson — it is time to do what Jeter himself would do.

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Jeter’s irritation with his own performance was frequently apparent this year.
Namely, move on. To the next phase of the season, the next game, the next at-bat.

“One thing you understand when you play here is it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” Jeter said last week. “Once you get to the playoffs nobody cares too much about what you did in the regular season.”

The implication, of course, is that now that the weather has turned chilly and the games more important, Jeter’s bat will heat up and production will improve. Just like it always has.

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