Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Derek Jeter Week... Day 2

Day 2 of Derek Jeter Week celebrates Derek's 1996 Rookie of the Year Award.

Derek was the unanimous selection as the 1996 Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Derek was drafted by the New York Yankees with the 6th pick of the 1992 Amateur Player Draft out of Kalamazoo Central High School in my Hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

In 1992 Kalamazoo Central's baseball field was re-named Derek Jeter Field.

How could I not love a baseball player who made it to the big leagues and went to the same High School as my Mom, and my Aunt's and Uncle's from both sides of the family tree.

In 1996 Derek played in 157 games for the Yankees,batting .314,  collecting 183 hits, 10 HR, 25 doubles, 6 triples, scoring 104 runs in 582 at bats.

In the playoffs Derek collected 22 more base hits as the Yankees won the World Series.

On Sunday Night the Yankees will retire Derek's uniform #2 with a pre game ceremony before they play the Houston Astros.

If you're on Twitter, use the hashtag #derekjeterweek , and look me up at @freehan11 to share your Jeter memories,

Play Ball!

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