Derek Jeter deserves to be in the Hall of Fame and any conversation about the greatest shortstops of all time. Anything baseball related, Yankees-related, shortstop-related; yeah, sure. The oversaturation of his name and the endless yawping of his accomplishments by drooling columnists will get old for non-Yankee fans, but the fact that he is one of the best is undeniable, even from just a look at the numbers.
Then there's this stuff.
Fortune Magazine puts Derek Jeter 11th on its World's Greatest Leaders List, 2 spots behind the Dalai Lama
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Fortune's intro for their list reads like this:
"In an era that feels starved for leadership, we've found men and women who will inspire you -- some famous, others little known, all of them energizing their followers and making the world better."
Okay, so, give the global reach of their intent, I assume this is going to briefly mention the respect Jeter gets within the game, before discussing the positive effect he has had through various charity work. Because there are an awful lot of leaders in the world doing incredible things for a ball player to make the list for being a ball player.
"As he begins his 20th and final season in pinstripes, Jeter remains the type of role-model player that even a Red Sox fan must grudgingly respect. It's not the five World Series rings he's won or his team record for career hits. In a steroid-tainted, reality-TV era, Jeter, the son of two Army veterans, continues to stand out because of his old-school approach: Never offer excuses or give less than maximum effort."
Nope, they tried to get cute by mentioning Red Sox fans and pinstripes (crack research team at Fortune), gave him points for being born, and actually used the phrase "old-school," an aspect often cited as an obstacle of progress in 2014.
This is a good time to remind ourselves that Fortune is just a magazine trying to get clicked on like everybody else.