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Major League Baseball is very optimistic about Derek Jeter’s 3000th hit

Jul 5, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

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As we witnessed home run records being demolished starting in the late 90s, we also witnessed ugly scrums in the outfield seats as fans fought — literally fought — one another to snag a baseball that could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars at an auction. Realizing the lengths to which people would go to grab a pricey bit of history, baseball began putting special marks on would-be historic baseballs in an effort to head off potential fraud.

Baseball is breaking out the hologram/watermark/secret cipher machine again, this time for the balls that could be Derek Jeter‘s 3000th hit. And, today only, if you’re in New York City, you can see Derek Jeter’s special balls:

With Derek Jeter returning to the Yankee lineup and resuming his quest for 3,000 career hits, the MLB Fan Cave on Tuesday will be host to a dozen unique pieces of living history, one of which could wind up being the actual ball Jeter hits for number 3,000. Twelve of the baseballs among those to be put into play once Jeter is at 2,999 career hits will be on display at the MLB Fan Cave on Tuesday afternoon for fans and members of the media.

That’s nice and all, but it’s late-model Derek Jeter we’re talking about here. What are the odds that his 3000th hit is going to go over the fence?  Unless Major League Baseball anticipates that the opposing catcher and pitcher are gonna fight over the little dribbler into no-man’s land that is likely to become Jeter’s 3000th, this seems rather unnecessary to me.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Is this Fan Cave doo-dah thing in Manhattan possibly on the site of the former P.T. Barnum Museum?

    • Old Gator - Jul 5, 2011 at 11:42 AM

      No, but Karellan tells me that Jeter’s 3000th hit has already happened. Relax.

  2. adenzeno - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    ” if you’re in New York City, you can see Derek Jeter’s special balls”


  3. joshfrancis50 - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    I thought Doug Mientkiewicz had exclusive rights to this.

  4. The Baseball Idiot - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Because Bud and his boys continue to pretend that there is no East Coast bias.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:53 AM

      Because they don’t do this for players on other teams approaching milestones? Oh, wait, they did do that for Jim Thome. Next.

    • marshmallowsnake - Jul 5, 2011 at 12:49 PM

      Where were the special balls for Biggio when he eclipsed 3K? Seriously, this is just because it is Jeter. I think it is lame. Homers, I understand…but a special ball for hits?

  5. Zack Hample - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Rather unnecessary, you say? Go talk to Wade Boggs, a non-power hitter whose 3,000th hit was a home run. Yeah, most of Jeter’s power is gone, but he might be going for No. 3,000 at Yankee Stadium, which is slightly bigger than the average Little League field.

    • marshmallowsnake - Jul 5, 2011 at 12:50 PM

      especially if he goes to right….

  6. Jonny 5 - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    “What are the odds that his 3000th hit is going to go over the fence?”

    Not only will it go over the fence but it will also more than likely initiate what is known as a “Multiball” being he’s going to be using special balls, more than likely balls in their infant stages designed for the game of Blernsball. Bud Selig will be known in the future as the godfather of Blernsball and hailed a galactic hero!! All Hail Bud!

  7. shaggylocks - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    And, today only, if you’re in New York City, you can see Derek Jeter’s special balls.


  8. ditto65 - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Wait a minute – isn’t Jeter in Cleveland?

    • nybronxgal - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:50 AM

      You are correct. They won’t be home til Thursday.

      • clydeserra - Jul 5, 2011 at 11:17 AM

        anyone think he will get six hits in two days?

      • clydeserra - Jul 5, 2011 at 11:29 AM

        4 hits

      • marshmallowsnake - Jul 5, 2011 at 12:52 PM

        Biggio got 4 or 5 when no one expected him to…so it is possible.

  9. ivan256 - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    There’s a really good chance it’ll go over the fence.

    Slicing up the right field line, fair, and then over the wall in foul territory for a ground rule double. Typical Jeter hit.

  10. cur68 - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    I wonder what the cost of Jeter’s special balls is? I mean it can’t be cheap to mark those things; they’re made of solid brass and have “leadership qualities”. Not much sticks to that.

    • IdahoMariner - Jul 5, 2011 at 1:52 PM


  11. paperlions - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    How many “special balls” are going to be fouled into the stands before he gets #3000 on an infield single?

  12. proudlycanadian - Jul 5, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Is his big bat going to the Hall Of Fame along with one of his special balls?

  13. FC - Jul 5, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    I can just imagine the scene whenever Jeter comes to bat after his 2,999th hit; the Umpire lobbing a baseball to the Pitcher: “Those are Jeter’s special balls.”

    • marshmallowsnake - Jul 5, 2011 at 12:53 PM

      But is the umpire going to rub them before giving them to the pitcher?

  14. foreverchipper10 - Jul 5, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    I know someone homered as their 3,000th hit. Was it Boggs?

  15. tigertigerwoodsyall - Jul 9, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Maybe they’ll add a little something extra to the 3000 hit baseballs, helping it out of the park. Living through the steroid era and realizing that the execs must have known about it all along and did nothing because of the popularity boom….I don’t put anything past them.

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