Could Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, be the best shortstop in history?

Writers Stan McNeal, and Anthony Witrado, of the Sporting News, have a lively debate.


New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter

Jeter is certainly in the discussion. He's going to eclipse 3,000 career hits, this year, plus he has a .300 career batting average, to go along with over 1,700 runs scored, over 200 homers, 1,100-plus RBI's, and 300-plus stolen bases.

It's almost impossible to compare eras, but I'd have to put Wagner first. He finished with a .327 lifetime batting average, 3,415 hits, and 722 stolen bases.

Right now, I'd have to put Cal Ripken, Jr. second. 3,184 career hits, and 431 career homers is tough to argue with.

Ernie Banks was good, but I'd put Jeter third, all-time, with the possibility to move up, if he has something left in the tank.