Neyer: How Derek Jeter came to be a Yankee in the 1992 draft

From SABR member Rob Neyer at The National Pastime Museum on June 23, 2017:

For want of $50,000, a Hall of Fame shortstop was lost.

That’s how the story goes, anyway.

For as long as the draft had been around, teams had been passing up players or, more often, drafting but failing to sign them—because of money. It wasn’t until 1992, though that signability became not only an internal concern for clubs, but (as Baseball America has observed) a buzzword in the business and media.

In a sense, you might argue that Scott Boras is responsible for Derek Jeter becoming the most beloved Yankee since Mickey Mantle—even though the super-agent never actually represented Jeter.

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Originally published: June 23, 2017. Last Updated: June 23, 2017.