Porter effusive in praise of Jeter

Porter effusive in praise of Jeter

HOUSTON -- Manager Bo Porter spoke glowingly on Wednesday about Yankees great Derek Jeter, who was honored by the club prior to the game in his final series at Minute Maid Park before he retires at season's end.

Porter, who called Jeter "arguably one of the greatest players to ever play the game," had a long conversation with Jeter about leadership about six or seven years ago while Porter was still a coach at the Major League level.

"I asked him about leadership one day, and he said something that was pretty profound," Porter said. "He said, 'Bo, the guy who's the leader is not the guy who hits the most home runs or strikes out the most batters or has the highest batting average. It's the guy that the other teammates know will give himself for the better sake of the team.'

"One, that speaks volumes to me, coming from a guy as accomplished as Derek Jeter. It doesn't surprise me, because you watch the many players that have joined the Yankees organization during the years -- the one constant that hasn't changed in any way was the guy playing shortstop."

Porter said that no matter how many superstars made their way through the Bronx, Jeter's ability to endure shows his true leadership.

"They watch him and say, 'Yes, that's the captain,'" Porter said. "That's how you're supposed to do it."

Brian McTaggart is reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.