Derek Jeter was a lot of things to a lot of people throughout his 20-year career.
For Boston Red Sox fans, Derek Jeter was the player they loved to hate. But for the better part of two decades, the shortstop also served as the face of Major League Baseball.
When the New York Yankees shortstop walked off the field last year for the final time at Fenway Park, he left behind him not only a legacy but a very large pair of cleats to fill.
“I don’t think anybody can replace him, the individual,” Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said Monday before the team’s spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies. “That’s going to be quite hard to replace.”
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado expressed a similar sentiment but added that he’s willing to try to be the next face of the MLB himself.
“Jeter was one of a kind and was a great leader. He was the captain of baseball,” Machado said. “It’s going to be hard to follow in his steps, but people are going to have to go out there and play baseball and show people what they’ve got.
“I’m going to try and go out there and do my best.” Machado added. “That’s the only thing we can do, and that’s the only thing we can control, and we learned that from him.”
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