Yankees Star Derek Jeter Launching 'The Players Tribune' Website for Fans to Have Direct Access to Athletes
Derek Jeter is not planning to just kick back and enjoy retirement from the Yankees and do nothing. The New York star has already been working behind the scenes to launch a new website called The Players Tribune and it is live now, you can check it out HERE.
The Players Tribune, which is described as "a new media platform that will present the unfiltered voices of professional athletes, bringing fans closer to the games they love than ever before."
"I realize I've been guarded," Derek wrote on the site. "I learned early on in New York, the toughest media environment in sports, that just because a reporter asks you a question doesn't mean you have to answer. I attribute much of my success in New York to my ability to understand and avoid unnecessary distractions."
He continued, "So I'm in the process of building a place where athletes have the tools they need to share what they really think and feel. We want to have a way to connect directly with our fans, with no filter."
Fans love to know what athletes are really thinking and social media, with Twitter and Instagram have really helped players have direct access to their favorite players. This site appears to be a extension of that where they can tackle some tough issues and have a longer and more in-depth dialogue then a 140 character tweet.
Jeter just finished his 20th and final season in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees. A five-time World Series champion, Jeter is regarded as a central figure of the Yankees' success of the late 1990s and early 2000s for his hitting, baserunning, fielding, and leadership. He is the Yankees' all-time career leader in hits (3,461), games played (2,744), stolen bases (358), and at bats (11,186).
His accolades include 14 All-Star selections, five Gold Glove Awards, five Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards, and a Roberto Clemente Award. Jeter is the all-time MLB leader in hits by a shortstop, and the 28th player to reach 3,000 hits.
Jeter finished third in voting for the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award in 1998, recorded multiple career-high numbers in 1999, and won both the All-Star Game MVP and World Series MVP Awards in 2000. He has consistently placed among the AL leaders in hits and runs scored for most of his career, and since 2003 has served as the Yankees' team captain. Throughout his career, Jeter has contributed reliably to the Yankees' franchise successes. He holds many postseason records, and has a .351 batting average in the World Series. Jeter has earned the nicknames of "Captain Clutch" and "Mr. November" due to his postseason heroics.