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Derek Jeter ties passes Mickey Mantle for most games played as a Yankee

Aug 29, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

Derek Jeter Reuters

UPDATE: I screwed up: Jeter passed Mantle in yesterday’s game. He tied Mantle on Friday.

Derek Jeter played in the front end of yesterday’s Yankees-Orioles doubleheader. In doing so he played his 2,402nd game as a Yankee. That put him past Mickey Mantle on the all-time Yankees games-played list.

Only 22 men* have appeared in as many as 2,400 games for a single team. All but five of those guys — Dave Concepcion, Pete Rose Dwight Evans, Craig Biggio and Jeter — are in the Hall of Fame. Rose would have been but for his personal foibles. Biggio probably will be. And so too, obviously, will Derek Jeter one day.

*Cal Ripken, Brooks Robinson, Dwight Evans, Carl Yastrzemski, Dave Concepcion, Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Al Kaline, Jeter, Mantle, Willie Mays, Mel Ott, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Luke Appling, Biggio, George Brett, Robin Yount, Mike Schmidt, Roberto Clemente, Tony Gwynn, Stan Musial.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Aug 29, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    Half of life is just showing up.
    Leave Mickey Mantle Alone!

    • 18thstreet - Aug 29, 2011 at 12:08 PM

      Assuming you’re quoting Woody Allen, it’s 70 percent.

  2. sdelmonte - Aug 29, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    I find it kind of fascinating that given how many Yankee lifers there have been that a player Jeter’s age can set the record. (I associate longevity with being over 40.) It’s easy to forget the Babe starting in Boston (even though everyone knows that is the case), and easy to forget that DiMaggio could have been the longest running Yankee if not for WWII. And it’s always hard not to speculate about what could have been had the Mick been healthier.

    • 18thstreet - Aug 29, 2011 at 12:12 PM

      Assuming that DiMaggio missed 3 years of 145 games each, his career total might have been 2171 instead of 1736. It’s hard to see how DiMaggio would have played in more games than Mantle.

  3. Joe - Aug 29, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    And since Dewey was a better player than Jim Rice, you could argue for him to be included, too.

    Not that I will, mind you.

  4. djyankeefan - Aug 29, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Hate to break it to you but Jeter surpassed Mantle at Sunday’s game with 2,402 games played as a Yankee. On Friday Derek tied Mantle. I’ve read this blog for a while but never felt the need to register and comment until this. It’s posted right on the Yankees website.

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