I’m not exactly a regular reader of Fortune, and I’m not sure if they’ve put together absolutely ridiculous lists in the past. However, earlier this week, they released the world’s 50 greatest leaders. Ranking 11th on their list was none other than Derek Jeter, because that makes total sense.
Here’s what Fortune had to say in defense of themselves ranking Jeter so high.
As he begins his 20th and final season in pinstripes, Jeter remains the type of role-model player that even a Red Sox fan must grudgingly respect. It’s not the five World Series rings he’s won or his team record for career hits. In a steroid-tainted, reality-TV era, Jeter, the son of two Army veterans, continues to stand out because of his old-school approach: Never offer excuses or give less than maximum effort.
Oh, well that sounds legit. Seriously, though – Derek Jeter as the 11th-best leader in the world because he’s an old school, high effort player that doesn’t make excuses. That’s just ripe. Go ahead and completely ignore his gift baskets and numerous celebrity flings then, I guess.
Jeter was a great player in his prime and is a surefire Baseball Hall of Famer, but this season is going to be absolutely painful with all of the superlatives that are already getting thrust upon Jeter. I swear, if he ends up getting some sort of government-sponsored award for god knows what, the time-space continuum is going to collapse upon itself.