Besides being the club's captain, Jeter has led this Yankees' team in every single way a leader he can. He has helped the team win World Series titles, has been the person that the team turns to when things are bad, has been the franchise's face for the last decade or so and has done a terrific job of representing everything the Yankees' stand for both on and off the field.
With that said, however, it is quite apparent that father time is catching up to number two. He has battled various injuries over the past couple of seasons and at the age of 39, Jeter's time in baseball is just about over.
There is no replacing the leadership or captainship of Jeter. He has done it all as a Yankee and he will go down as one of, if not the all-time, Yankees' greats.
Since the above mentioned is already known by Yankees' and baseball fans everywhere. it is time to start thinking about who is going to lead this Yankees' team into the future. While it would be easy to look at the likes of Mark Teixeira and CC Sabathia because of how long they have been with the team for, there is one other candidate that should get a long hard look.
That guy is newly signed catcher Brian McCann. Not only is he going to be with the team for at least the next five or even six seasons, but McCann brings a lot of leadership qualities to the table.
For starters, he is one of the league's most consistent catchers in all of baseball. McCann has been an All-Star seven times, has hit at least 20 home runs in six consecutive seasons, has driven in at least 57 runs over that same time span, and has also proven to be very durable.
Another leadership quality that McCann brings to the table is that he sticks up for his teammates. This could clearly be seen with the Atlanta Braves last season in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers as McCann stood up for his pitcher, Paul Maholm, allowed a home run and saw Brewers' left fielder Carlos Gomez strut and mutter stuff out loud while rounding the bases.
On that particular play, McCann did the right thing. It might have looked ugly but he did what any teammate should do in that situation and once Jeter is done, the Yankees will need someone like that.
Lastly, McCann wants to go down as being one of the team's greatest catchers and knows the hard work that he has put in in order to accomplish that. He wants his name to be remembered with the likes of Jorge Posada, Thurman Munson, and Yogi Berra, which he alluded to in his introductory press conference back on December 5.
With Jeter at the finish line, McCann is the right guy to pick up the mantle and lead the Yankees back to greatness.
"What it means to be to be a part of this organization, it means a lot, especially as a catcher, all the tradition," McCann said. "I hope to fall in line with all the great catchers that have been here. I hope to help this organization win multiple championships."