Ranking Derek Jeter's 5 Best MLB Seasons
2020 will mark Jeter's first year of eligibility for the Hall. However, the New York Yankees couldn't wait to acknowledge the greatness of their long-time star:
The Captain. Forever immortalized. pic.twitter.com/0BPYp43Hiy
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 14, 2017
Three years removed from his final at-bat, Jeter's number 2 was enshrined alongside the numbers of numerous other Yankees greats. And it's only a matter of time until we see him join his peers at baseball's ultimate destination: Cooperstown.
That being said, if we were to present Cooperstown with Jeter's five best years, how could we narrow it down?
FanGraphs' wins above replacement (WAR) helps us to do so with ease. This WAR allows us to look at a player's overall contributions for a season in just one number. It might not be a perfect metric, but it is an effective estimate of a player's value. Also, according to FanGraphs, a WAR between 5 and 6 signifies a superstar season and a WAR of 6-plus constitutes an MVP-caliber campaign.
For Jeter, his five best seasons separate themselves from the other 15. In each of them, he posted a WAR of at least 5.2 while in no other season did he have one north of 4.7.
So without further ado, here are The Captain's five greatest seasons.