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Derek Jeter Doubting Drive-Time Open Thread

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KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 10:  American League All-Star Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees throws the ball before the 83rd MLB All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium on July 10, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 10: American League All-Star Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees throws the ball before the 83rd MLB All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium on July 10, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Beware small sample sizes and five left-handed pitchers in eight games, but Derek Jeter is hitting .378 in July. Overall, though, he has hit just .279/.325/.351 since May. What if this trajectory continues? The Yankees have shown they can win without Jeter playing like a star--their best month was his worst--but what about next year? What about his defense, which is still a problem? And then there's global warming--what is he going to do about that? Life has a certain inevitability to it. Ultimately, the arguments stop because the elevator stops at Phil Rizzuto 1954. You want to have prepared yourself for impact long before it does.