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What to make of Derek Jeter's Players' Tribune
What to make of Derek Jeter's Players' Tribune

The Players’ Tribune, which celebrated its official launch in New York over the weekend, seems an unlikely second act for Derek Jeter. The former Yankees shortstop, who retired at the end of last season, founded the website, which had a soft launch in October, to feature writing by professional athletes, promising a kind of insiders' look at the world of sports. This is not a new idea, particularly; the athlete-as-writer has been around since at least the 1880s, when the byline of future Hall of Famer King Kelly of the Boston Beaneaters (later the Red Sox) graced the cover of the ghostwritten “King Kelly’s Play Ball.” Jeter himself recently...

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