The Yankees enjoyed an off-day at home Thursday, most likely taking it easy before a weekend series against Baltimore.  A night after Derek Jeter tied Lou Gehrig for most all-time hits as a Yankee with a 3-4 night at the plate, anticipation builds for Friday night against the Orioles.

I was listening to Colin Cowherd and other sports radio shows the last two days and was surprised to hear that there are doubters as to The Captain’s talent.  Many people are apparently Jeter-haters, believing he is not that good and may not belong in the hall of fame.

Derek Jeter is one of the top 6 Yankees of all-time (Ruth, Gehrig, Dimaggio, Mantle, Berra, Jeter) and will eventually deserve to be considered one of the top 3 by the end of his career.  At 35, with several more seasons to play, he is the third best shortstop of all time.

Sure, he has never won an MVP award and has over 1,400 strikeouts.  But, Jeter has the most hits all-time for a shortstop, 300 stolen bases and a career batting average of .316.  These efforts demonstrate he is clearly a hall of famer.  How could he not be?