From those previews, we see that Baseball Prospectus pegs the division like this:
Red Sox 89-73 Rays 89-73 Yankees 82-80 Blue Jays 80-82 Orioles 75-87Fangraphs asks: Who Should Be Boston's New Leadoff Hitter?
Jon Paul Morosi, Fox Sports, Jeter Means Just As Much To Baseball As He Does To Yankees:
Even the most obsessive Red Sox fans who jeered Jeeeee-taaaaah with irrational hatred during the tormented years before 2004 would have to agree: Jeter has been baseball's most consistent winner and greatest ambassador for the past two decades. ...Ian O'Connor, ESPNNewYork, As Always, Derek Does It Just Right:
In the wake of Jeter's announcement, the debate raged on Twitter and through radio airwaves: What was the all-time best Jeter play? ...
The mere existence of that discussion validates Jeter's mystique. For how many other active players would we be able to have a similar conversation? Are there any? ...
Jeter always has possessed a preternatural sense for what was expected of a man in his position. ... Jeter's grace is not a myth.
Jeter is about to go down as one of the top 10 players in franchise history, and depending on how you keep score, maybe one of the top five. ...Jayson Stark, ESPN, Baseball Is Losing Its Face:
Jeter was closer to perfect than just about any Yankee before him. ... The shortstop who made a career out of making the right call made another one Wednesday. Of course he did.
How does any sport replicate what Derek Jeter has meant to baseball over the last decade and a half -- and still does? Is that even possible? ...Albert Pujols compared him to Christ! "Only Jesus is perfect, but he's pretty close to that guy." ... SB Nation had a somewhat more nuanced look. ... The Onion provided some humour: "Derek Jeter Announces 2012 Will Be His Final Decent Season".
[W]here does baseball find the next Derek Jeter? Good luck on that. ...
Is Derek Jeter irreplaceable?
A half-serious question: Will I have to watch the entire season on mute?