Derek Jeter takes on Martin Brodeur to earn the right to move on to WGTG’s Sweet 16.
- He grew up in Kalamazoo, which is possibly the best name for a city in the entire United States.
- Career stats: .316 average, 2535 hits, 1467 runs, 1002 RBI, 206 HRs
- 1996 AL Rookie of the Year
- 9-time All-Star, 3-time Gold Glover, 3-time Silver Slugger
- Has won 4 rings with the Yankees (’96, ’98-’00) and was the World Series MVP in 2000.
- In 2000 he also won the Babe Ruth Award (best World Series performance) and the MLB All-Star Game MVP Award.
- Won the 2006 Hank Aaron Award (top hitter). Second on the Yankees all-time hit list, and also had the most career hits at Yankee Stadium
- The list of people he has supposedly gone out with is impressive. Mariah Carey, Miss Universe Lara Dutta, Jordana Brewster, Scarlett Johansson, Gabrielle Union, Jessica Alba, Tyra Banks, Adriana Lima, Vanessa Minillo, Jessica Biel, and Minka Kelly. Wow.
- Career stats: 538-290 record (also has 105 ties and 20 OT losses), 96 shutouts, 2.20 GAA and .914 SV%
- Won the 1994 Calder Trophy (rookie of the year)
- In his 15 year tenure in New Joizey, he has made the playoffs 14 times and has won 3 Stanley Cups.
- 10-time All-Star, 4-time Vezina, 4-time William Jennings Trophy winner
- Won Gold in Salt Lake City with Team Canada, won the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, and recieved a silver medal at the ’05 World Championships
- Owns over 30 New Jersey Devils franchise records (wins, shutouts, lowest GAA, highest SV%, etc.)
- Second in NHL history in both wins and shutouts, 12 conecutive 30 win seasons, 7 overall 40 win seasons (including record 48 wins in ’07)
- Only goalie to score a GWG, as well as only one of two goalies to score both a regular season and playoff goal
This is a toughy. Both are definite Hall of Famers, and both have been the face of their franchises since the 1990’s. I’m gonna give it to Brodeur, because he will go down as the greatest goalie to ever play the game. Here’s the updated bracket: