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Play Index Study: How does Jeter compare?

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During the off-season, we're going to feature semi-regular studies using Baseball Reference's fantastic Play Index. The first one is about Derek Jeter, and where his 2010 ranks in Yankee history.

As you might know, Jeter led the club in PA (with 739) because he was (presumably) healthy and hit lead-off in all but 25 games. His OPS+ was 90 (10% below the average ML hitter, neutralized for league and home park). I wanted to find out how many Yankees had more than 700 PA in a season with a sub-100 OPS+. There weren't many (only 10), for obvious reasons, namely that any player not hitting up to snuff wouldn't see a lot of playing time. Anyway, the last Yankee to qualify was Horace Clarke way back in 1970 (68 OPS+ in 732 PA) -

Rk Player OPS+ PA Year Age Tm Lg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Frankie Crosetti 66 743 1939 28 NYY AL 152 656 109 153 25 5 10 56 65 0 81 13 9 0 11 11 7 .233 .315 .332 .647 *6
2 Bobby Richardson 67 706 1961 25 NYY AL 162 662 80 173 17 5 3 49 30 1 23 2 10 2 15 9 7 .261 .295 .316 .610 *4
3 Horace Clarke 68 732 1970 30 NYY AL 158 686 81 172 24 2 4 46 35 5 35 2 2 7 12 23 7 .251 .286 .309 .595 *4
4 Frankie Crosetti 73 721 1937 26 NYY AL 149 611 127 143 29 5 11 49 86 0 105 12 12 0 0 13 7 .234 .340 .352 .692 *6
5 Bobby Richardson 74 713 1965 29 NYY AL 160 664 76 164 28 2 6 47 37 4 39 1 9 2 11 7 5 .247 .287 .322 .609 *4
6 Bobby Richardson 74 728 1964 28 NYY AL 159 679 90 181 25 4 4 50 28 1 36 0 16 5 15 11 2 .267 .294 .333 .626 *4/6
7 Red Rolfe 86 740 1937 28 NYY AL 154 648 143 179 34 10 4 62 90 0 53 1 1 0 0 4 2 .276 .365 .378 .743 *5
8 Phil Rizzuto 88 712 1949 31 NYY AL 153 614 110 169 22 7 5 65 72 0 34 1 25 0 18 18 6 .275 .352 .358 .711 *6
9 Frankie Crosetti 89 757 1938 27 NYY AL 157 631 113 166 35 3 9 55 106 0 97 15 5 0 0 27 12 .263 .382 .371 .752 *6
10 Derek Jeter 90 739 2010 36 NYY AL 157 663 111 179 30 3 10 67 63 4 106 9 1 3 22 18 5 .270 .340 .370 .710 *6/D

I really don't mean to bash Jeter. It's been happening a lot lately and I guess I'm still wondering why Joe Girardi stubbornly insisted on batting him lead-off night after night. This list doesn't help.