[Image: Gregory Heisler, SI]
Sports Illustrated made it official this morning, naming Derek Jeter its Sportsman of the Year. Tremendous for Jeter, who passed Lou Gehrig to become the all-time hits leader for the Yankees. Never one to get in trouble off the field, Jeter also had a tremendous season, batting .334/.406, with 18 homers, 66 homers, 30 stolen bases, his 4th Gold Glove (committing a career-low 8 errors), 4th Silver Slugger award, a third-place tally for the AL MVP, and his 5th World Series ring in which he batted .407 in the World Series. There were plenty of worthy candidates, but Jeter was a sound choice, the first Yankee to ever receive the award. Congratulations, Captain. Well deserved.