Mar 25, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) smiles during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

CNN says Derek Jeter 11th most powerful leader in the world

When you think of Derek Jeter, you think of the New York Yankees legendary legacy and an elite shortstop. But a powerful leader? That’s a bit of a stretch, or is it?

According to CNN, the longtime Bronx Bomber ranked as the 11th most powerful leader in the world – alongside people like former President Bill Clinton, Pope Francis and Warren Buffet.

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.

While Jeter is as big a household name as as they come, it’s certainly a little odd to find him ranked as one of the world’s most powerful people.

But maybe those ‘gift baskets‘ are more influential than we thought.

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