Derek Jeter may have a batting average some 300 points below the league leaders so far this spring, but the New York Yankees captain is among the front runners in another category.
Namely — leading the world.
Fortune magazine compiled a list of the top 50 greatest leaders in the world — and the shortstop's name landed at 11, just outside a top 10 that include influential movers and shakers like Pope Francis, Warren Buffett, Bill Clinton and the Dalai Lama.
"As he begins his 20th and final season in pinstripes, Jeter remains the type of role-model player that even a Red Sox fan must grudgingly respect," CNN wrote. "It's not the five World Series rings he's won or his team record for career hits. In a steroid-tainted, reality-TV era, Jeter, the son of two Army veterans, continues to stand out because of his old-school approach: Never offer excuses or give less than maximum effort."
The honored spot puts Jeets ahead of other leaders including former New York mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg, 16-year-old human rights advocate Malala Yousafzai and actress and activist Angelina Jolie.
Along with about 40 other people I admittedly know little about.
Other sports figures who appeared on the list include Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, San Antonio Spurs skipper Gregg Popovich and South Carolina women's coach Dawn Staley who all tied for 20th place.
Nobody will ever doubt the pinstriped prince's dignified authority on the diamond and contributions off it, but Jeter himself will probably just smile and shake his head at this accolade.