5 Teams Passed On ‘Young Colt’ Derek Jeter Before Yanks Got Him

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The 17-year-old kid from Kalamazoo drew all sorts of raves.

He was a “young colt” with a “perfect SS body” and was a “top student” who planned to study medicine at the University of Michigan, too.

“This guy is special,” one big league scout even wrote.

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But, could anyone back then have projected that Derek Jeter the high schooler would someday become Derek Jeter the future Hall of Famer?

Now 40, Jeter is set to retire after this weekend. A five-time World Series champion and sixth on the career hits list, he spent two decades as the shortstop for the New York Yankees.

Five big league teams bypassed Jeter in baseball’s amateur draft in 1992 before New York selected him with the No. 6 pick. A year earlier, Yankees scout Dick Grouch had first spotted Jeter after…

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