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Let's invent some more Derek Jeter milestones!

Aug 9, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

If Derek Jeter passing Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list last night wasn’t enough for you in the milestones-of-questionable-significance department, just wait until today’s game: with one more hit Jeter will tie Mel Ott for the all-time New York hits lead.

Not the Yankees hit lead — he did that last year when he passed Gehrig — but the lead for players from all New York teams, including the Yankees, Dodgers, Giants and Mets.  Ott had 2876 career hits, all for the New York Giants. Jeter stands at 2875.

After that we have to stretch a bit:  with five more hits he ties Frankie Frisch — the Fordham Flash — for the all-time Bronx record. Although, yeah, Frisch was just from the Bronx. I’m assuming Jeter already holds the born-in-Pequannoc, New Jersey record.

(thanks to reader Thomas for pointing the Mel Ott thing out to me this morning).

  1. BC - Aug 9, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    He still has some ground to cover to break the record for most hits by a player that PLAYED for the Yankees. Still has to pass Rickey Henderson and Dave Winfield… I think those are the only two.

  2. Craig Calcaterra - Aug 9, 2010 at 9:27 AM


  3. BC - Aug 9, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    OK, its three then.
    Winfield is at 3110. Probably gets there in like May of 2012.

  4. Chipmaker - Aug 9, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    Paul Waner, 3152 hits, including one during his 1944-45, ten game tenure with the Yankees.

  5. nps6724 - Aug 9, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Who holds the record for most hits IN the Bronx? As in, hits tallied in Yankee Stadium?

  6. BC - Aug 9, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Ooooh. Good catch.
    OK. It’s probably June of 2012 then.

  7. SouthofHeaven - Aug 9, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    The Babe thing is a big deal in the Universe since he’s considered the best Yankee hitter (though the two couldn’t be more different, style-wise). The most hits for an active player and shortstop milestones are genuinely impressive, but the rest are just silly nonsense. Whatever gets you on SportsCenter, I suppose.

  8. birdmancometh - Aug 9, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    I don’t have anything to add, but I’m proud to rightfully take my seat at the table of baseball geeks.

  9. Professor Longnose - Aug 9, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    How about hits by a shortstop? I would assume Honus Wagner has the record, but I don’t know how many of his hits came as a SS. Anyone know?

  10. Jonny5 - Aug 9, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    Largest hat for any Yankee under 230 LBS?

  11. Jonny5 - Aug 9, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    I know!!! The most Girl on Girl on Guy encounters for any “active” player on the team. Jeter’s a stud…

  12. nps6724 - Aug 9, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Most hits by a SS with a single-digit uni number? Most hits by a “Derek”?

  13. Saints97 - Aug 9, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Most hits by a SS who’s not as good of a SS as the guy playing 3B.

  14. BC - Aug 9, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Can’t find anything other than saying Jeter passed Luis Aparicio. I would think both Wagner and probably Cal Ripken have more hits as a SS. Ripken only played the last couple of his years at 3B and rarely DH’d. As far as I know, Wagner played his whole career at SS and had over 3,400 hits.

  15. Old Gator - Aug 9, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    If I’m not mistaken, tomorrow Jeter will be poised to shatter the record for consecutive days being Derek Jeter.

  16. Professor Longnose - Aug 9, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Thanks. I should have remembered the Aparicio mark, but really these milestones don’t mean to much, and they all blend together.

  17. Professor Longnose - Aug 9, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Welcome. Have some chips. Game starts at 2:00.

  18. SouthofHeaven - Aug 9, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Jeter holds the most hits for a SS record. He got it last year.

  19. SouthofHeaven - Aug 9, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Interestingly, that record is currently held by Babe Ruth.

  20. Chipmaker - Aug 9, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Jeter, of course. Don’t you remember that love-fest in 2008, as the original park’s clock was ticking — would he catch Gehrig? He did, of course.

  21. Jason @ IIATMS - Aug 9, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Consecutive days of having a vastly better life than you. or me.

  22. Kiwicricket - Aug 9, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    87 more hits, (and assuming he runs in a straight line) Jeter will have a combined distance stretching from Yankee Stadium to Philly. Not sure what the record is.

  23. The Real Shuxion - Aug 9, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    He is should be able to catch the record for having his balls washed by the media. Michael Jordan has it right now but it will go down in 2013.

  24. Ditto65 - Aug 9, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    Every team reports hokie team “Records” like this. Just so happens that this one involved
    a) the Yankees, which are obviously more important than even baseball itself;
    b) Babe Ruth, who is more important than the Yankees; and
    c) Derek Jeter, who is more important than Joe Buck, Joe Morgan, and Tim McCarver, combined.

  25. Chipmaker - Aug 9, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    And most of them never get past the county line unless the team’s radio station has a powerful enough transmitter.
    With the Yanks, though, it goes global.

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