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Derek JeterDerek Sanderson Jeter (born June 26, 1974 in Pequannock, New Jersey) was a premier MLB baseball player. Jeter is an thirteen-time All-Star shortstop, and the captain of the New York Yankees. He retired following the 2014 season.

Jeter has spent his entire career with the New York Yankees, starting in 1995 when he was 20 years old. His accolades include Rookie of the Year, 14 All-Star selections, five Gold Glove Awards, five Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards, and a Roberto Clemente Award. Jeter became the 28th player to reach 3,000 hits and finished his career sixth all-time in career hits and the all-time MLB leader in hits by a shortstop.

Derek Jeter was born in Pequannock, New Jersey, to an African-American father, Charles Jeter; his mother Dorothy is of Irish/German descent. The family lived in North Arlington, New Jersey, before moving to Kalamazoo, Michigan, when he was 4.

Jeter was inspired to play baseball by Hall of Famer Dave Winfield. In high school, Jeter was a star baseball player at Kalamazoo Central High School, where he also played basketball, earning an All-State honorable mention.¹

Though he's often been in the running, Derek has never won the American League's Most Valuable Player award. In 1998, he placed 3rd in the voting; in 2006, second. Here are his stats for those near misses.

(¹ Wikipedia.)

Derek Jeter's MVP-Like Seasons
YEAR TEAM LG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA
1998 NYY AL 149 626 127 203 25 8 19 84 57 119 30 6 .324
2006 NYY AL 154 623 118 214 39 3 14 97 69 102 34 5 .343

Despite another great year in 2009 - .334 BA, 212 Hits, 107 Runs and his fourth Gold Glove, Jeter was again deprived of a much deserved MVP award, this time finishing third in the voting.

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