A New York baseball team sent out an embarrassingly bad tweet.
And it wasn't the Mets.
The Yankees, trying to push Derek Jeter's All-Star candidacy in his final season, tweeted the following on Monday morning:
It's bad enough that the Yankees' account on Twitter forgot to close the quote (the quote should close after anymore, not the link -- but that's miniscule compared to the content), but they're giving an entirely new level of meaning to "This One Counts", the All-Star Game motto.
Aside from wanting to end friendships (always a worthy endeavor), here are other reasons not to vote for Jeter:
- Jeter is hitting .267 with a .320 on-base percentage and .317 slugging percentage; All are full-season career-lows for the Captain.
- Jeter ranks 11th out of 12 qualified American League shortstops in Wins Above Replacement with 0.4 WAR, according to Fangraphs.com.
- Jeter's one home run is tied with J.J. Hardy for last among qualified AL shortstops.
- Jeter's OBP is eighth among qualified AL shortstops.
- Jeter's slugging percentage is last among qualified AL shortstops.
- Jeter has -3 Defensive Runs Saved, eighth among qualified AL shortstops.
- Jeter has a -1.5 Ultimate Zone Rating, eighth among qualified AL shortstops.
- AL shortstops who are better than Jeter include: Hardy (.295/.322/.375), Alexei Ramirez (.299/.331/.418) and Erick Aybar (.283/.322/.423). That's to say nothing of Xander Bogaerts, who has excellent stats, but was recently moved to third base to accommodate Stephen Drew.
- The All-Star Game decides World Series home field advantage (for some reason), and you should probably want the best players playing. But, hey, #Season2Remember and all.
So I won't be voting for Jeter.
Even if that means we're not friends anymore.