Ibanez, 41, also played against Jeter in the 2009 World Series while with the Phillies, and competed against the Yankees captain throughout their long careers, most of which Ibanez spent in the American League.
"I always knew he was a great player, and obviously a hard worker," Ibanez said. "His competitiveness is off the charts."
Their time together in 2012 enhanced all that appreciation, Ibanez said, and more.
"He's a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but also a first-ballot Hall of Fame person," Ibanez said. "I've played with a lot of great players. The greatest compliment I can give any player is to say that they're tremendous human beings. That's what he is. His parents did a great job with him.
"His leadership is incredible. He leads by example, but he's also one of those guys who not only always does the right thing, he can say the right things at the right time."
Earl Bloom is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.