Buy or Sell: Should Jeter have retired last year?

Buy or Sell: Should Jeter have retired last year?
March 26, 2014, 1:45 am
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Derek Jeter is about to embark on the final season of his illustrious career.

He will go down as one of the greatest Yankees of all-time, and one of this generations greatest players as well.

He's a five-time World Series champion and 13-time MLB All-Star along with many other awards.

But he's also not that player anymore.

In the 2012 ALDS, Jeter fractured his left ankle. While rehabbing, he injured it further, landing him on the DL to start the 2013 season. He would go on and off the DL two more times that season and it was by all accounts a lost one for Jeter. He announced he would retire after the 2014 season.

This spring training, he's been struggling at the plate.

Jeter undoubtedly didn't want to go out the way he did in 2013, but if things continue to go south here, should he have just hung them up at the end of last season?

The guys on Sports Tonight were asked to "buy or sell" Jeter retiring in 2013, and it sounds like they're all selling it.

"I sell on this, I think Derek Jeter is such a great all-time player, such a great all-time champion," Mike Felger said. "He deserves the last year, and not the last year for sort of the Mo Rivera tour where he's getting gifts . . . I think he should play one more year and play for one more championship and have the Ray Bourque year. That's what I'm talking about."

While Felger isn't a fan of the year-long tribute to Jeter, Rob "Hardy" Poole is on board with those things.

"That's one of the things that baseball does right. They do these farewell tours and they're great," Hardy said.

Of course, the Yankees and Red Sox wrap up the season at Fenway Park, which should be Jeter's last official MLB game. That'll be cool for Sox fans, right? Steve Buckley isn't so sure.

"I think that the Yankees will be out of it by the last weekend of the season and he'll pull a Ted Williams and have his final at-bat at Yankee Stadium and not play [at Fenway Park]," Buckley said.