While it may not be necessary to have a team captain it is still an honor to be named one. Every team has that one clubhouse leader and rises up to be the face of the team. The New York Yankees give the title of Captain to an elite few and always get it right.
From the first, Hal Chase who was named Captain from 1910-1912, to the legendary names of Ruth, Gehrig, Munson, and Mattingly just to name a few, have we seen the last in a player named Derek Jeter?
Jeter was officially named Captain in 2003 but there was no doubt before or after he was not only the voice for the players but a voice of a generation of players and fans alike. He gave the fans everything they wanted from a captain. He gave everything to the game and left no doubt what it meant to have Pinstripe Pride.
After Jeter retired in 2014, the title of Captain may have retired with him.
The Yankees are not short of players that would wear that badge proudly but the question will be, who?
Between free agency and teams preferring to keep the rosters full of younger talent, the longevity of player's careers on a single team may become too rare as time passes.
In the case of the Yankees, it may just never be again. If Derek Jeter is the last official captain, that may be just fine with the fans.