Not helping the opps make outs that other SSs do, keeps the inning going. My guess is that if he allows 80-120 more hits than the best SSs, it make a much bigger difference than 1.5 games (which is maybe how he compares to the avg SS).
Yes, the 1.5 games that Jeter costs his team is in comparison to the average SS. If you compare him to the best SS, the difference is more like 4.5 games, on average.
Jeter makes up for much of this with his bat and leadership, but it does not take away from the fact, yes fact, that he is one of the worst fielding SSs of the past decade.
I'm with you all the way on this one Moon. Despite the fact that his fielding % is usually good, it does not make up for his lack of range. Jeter is an icon, a great SS due to his offense and leadership. But as you said, he is one of the worst SSs defensively over the past decade.
There are 23 qualifying SSs over the last 10 years.
Jeter ranks (out of 23):
T6 in Fldg% (.978)
2nd ErrR (+32.6) Proof he makes the plays he gets to.
21st DPR (-5.0)
23rd in RngR (-92.5) That's worse than the next bottom 2 combined!!!
(S Drew -35.1 and Betancourt -43.6) That closes the case for me. He's not just horrible in range, he is beyond horrible.
21st in UZR/150 (-7.2) Betancourt is -8.2 and Hanram is -9.1.
As I said, I would not argue with anyone who says he is only the 3rd worst fielding SS the past decade, but to me, his exponentially horrible range makes him the absolute worst of the decade.
I'd say the same thing if he was on the Sox.
It's hard to dispute the numbers. To add to that, over the past 10 years, Jeter is at -142 in DRS and -136 in Plus/Minus runs, by far the worst. Granted, Jeter has played more innings than most of the others, but if you project the others to the same number of innings Jeter has played, Jeter is still about 30 runs worse than the next worst SS.