It was Derek Jeter’s long awaited Hall of Fame induction ceremony today in Cooperstown. So naturally, Red Sox fans were loud about why he was an overrated player. Mainly, the Boston fans were pointing out reasons why they think Nomar Garciaparra is just as good (if not better) than the long time Yankees captain.
Red Sox fans were using Nomar’s stats during his prime along with other anecdotes to make their argument on why he’s just as deserving of a day in Cooperstown as Derek Jeter.
From 1997-2003 (his full Red Sox seasons), Nomar hit 60 more doubles, 10 more triples, 52 more HR in 700 fewer plate appearances than Jeter. And struck out half as many times as Jeter.
Nomar hit .372 in 2000.
He was a better baseball player than Jeter. Not healthier. Better. https://t.co/BxIG9ZTYFc
— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) September 8, 2021
Nomar vs. Jeter 1997-2003:
WAR (Nomar, 41.1)
BA (Nomar, .325)
SLG (Nomar, .557)
OPS (Nomar, .929)
OPS+ (Nomar, 135)
1B (Jeter, 990)
2B (Nomar, 270)
3B (Nomar, 44)
HR (Nomar, 169)
Total bases (Nomar, 2,075)
RBI (Nomar, 653)
Top 10 MVP finishes (Nomar, 5)
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) September 8, 2021
Nomar really was incredible and was undeniably better than Jeter, thank you for coming to my TED talk https://t.co/hEMmUxgfrP
— Stevie Ray (@CaspianWint92) September 8, 2021
Congratulations to Derek Jeter for being inducted into the Hall of Fame despite hitting 20+ home runs in a season just three times, compared to Nomar’s seven, and registering a career OPS 65 points lower than Nomar’s
— Jason Schwartz (@JasonSchwartz) September 8, 2021
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Despite the Res Sox fans’ pleas about Nomar Garciaparra, I highly doubt that any of them actually believe that he had more of a decorated career than Derek Jeter.
Sure, you can probably compare the two players’ primes based on stats, but it would be laughable not to take into account the years Jeter was still dominating baseball while Nomar was battling an array of injuries.
Nonetheless, it’s always fun to see Yankees and Red Sox fans debate on social media. And if that means an argument about Nomar Garciaparra vs. Derek Jeter has to ensue, then so be it.