The incredible defensive abilities of New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius are already earning him the type of praise that Derek Jeter never received.
Gregorius is only 25 years old, but his wizardry with the glove is distinguishing him from Jeter. The Captain took a lot of criticism from the sabermetrics community, as defensive metrics often ranked him very low among the league's shortstops. Jeter was never fazed by the criticism, although he did work on reinventing himself defensively late in his career.
Having a handful of championship rings couldn't hurt either.
Veterans around the New York Yankees clubhouse are buzzing about the young shortstop, per Ken Rosenthal at FOX Sports:
“Didi is unbelievable, as good a shortstop as I’ve seen,” first baseman Mark Teixeira said. “And I’m not overexaggerating.”
The compliments continued to pour in, including from the much maligned Alex Rodriguez. PED issues aside, Rodriguez is a student of the game and was a top defensive shortstop himself for many years:Read more... Join the Conversation...