Gresh & Zolak

BOSTON (CBS) – Dan Shaughnessy took time out of his trip to Minnesota from the MLB All-Star Game to join the Gresh and Zolak Show on 98.5 The Sports Hub to discuss Derek Jeter playing in his final Midsummer Classic.

Since joining the New York Yankees in 1995 Derek Jeter has rarely missed an All-Star game, with this current contest being his 14th and final appearance. It is no surprise that Jeter will be the main focus for not only Yankees fans, but baseball fans in general during Tuesday night’s game.

“Well, I mean that’s (Jeter) going to carry the night,” said Shaughnessy. “You could see it yesterday during the media session. You know you had the Rivera thing last year and Jeter is leading off the game — well the bottom of the 1st. That’s going to be a big thing. He’s probably going to stay in until he gets a hit.”

Andy Gresh asked Shaughnessy where Derek Jeter ranks upon his list of the all-time great short stops. Shaughnessy believes that Jeter is easily a first ballot Hall Of Famer and one of the best to ever play the position.

“The combination of clutch hitting, hitting for some power when you need it and some opposite field power — Jeter defensively was a plus-player for a while, but he’s been average to below average for quite some time. It doesn’t seem to matter. But what he brings to the position, the longevity that he’s brought to it, you know he’s top 15 for hits now. He’s a hit machine. He’s fearless. Top 10 shortstops of all time, but I’m not going to put him higher than that.”

Derek Jeter will be missed by many when he retires after the season. But for now, it is time to embrace and celebrate one of the best careers of all-time. This All-Star game will be one to remember.

Listen below to the full discussion:

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