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.