Derek Jeter finally made his return back to the Yankees last night after suffering a calf injury in mid-June. The Yankee captain missed 18 games while on the DL. During that time, New York went 14-4 and took over 1st place in the American League East.
Before you read any further, just realize that I'm not saying that the Yankees are better off without Jeter. I'm just saying they can win without him.
However, they can't win without closer Mariano Rivera - who is currently nursing a tender right arm.