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Derek Jeter is now 17th on all-time hit list, could be as high as 11th by end of season

May 14, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

New York Yankees Derek Jeter hits single against the Oakland Athletics in New York

Derek Jeter went 1-for-4 with a single yesterday and in doing so surpassed Tony Gwynn on the all-time hit list, moving into a tie with Robin Yount for 17th place with 3,142 hits.

Next up is Paul Waner with 3,152, followed by George Brett with 3,154 and Cal Ripken Jr. with 3,184. If healthy Jeter should be able to pass all three easily by the end of the season even if his batting average falls significantly from his current .372 mark.

And if he keeps hitting well over .300 he also has a chance to pass Nap Lajoie with 3,242, Eddie Murray with 3,255, and Willie Mays with 3,283.

Based on his average production during the past three seasons Jeter has notched 1.23 hits per game and the Yankees have 128 games remaining. If he plays in, say, 120 of those 128 games and gets 1.23 hits per game Jeter would amass another 147 hits this season and climb to 3,289 for his career.

That would enable him to narrowly move past Mays in late September and finish the season ranked 11th on the all-time list, with Eddie Collins at 3,315 and Paul Molitor at 3,319 in his sights for 2013.

  1. mybrunoblog - May 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Very satisfying as a Yankee fan to see Jeter prove the skeptics and analysts wrong. They all tried to throw dirt on the guy and bury his career over the past 2 or 3 seasons. Like a Phoenix the guy just keeps rising. Remarkable. My crystal ball see’s him ending up in the top five or six all time in hits.

    • stex52 - May 14, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      I did note that he is the only one in the top 20 who did it in under 20 years of play. Very impressive. It’s dangerous to predict much for the future, but his HOF case is already made.

    • royhobbs39 - May 14, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      I am not sure if they were “throwing dirt on the guy” as much as they were pointing out that he was playing awful – which he was. If he was anybody else – even another seasoned veteran – would any team have had the patience to stick with him, his fielding, and his stats? I am glad he is doing well, but history does not predict that a middle infielder will go through a two year slump and then revert back to All-Star level play. Neither does it show him sustaining his current level of play…

  2. florida76 - May 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Great achievement for Jeter to progress up the 3000 hit mark. Passing greats like Waner, Brett, and Ripken Jr., help to provide perspective on the long term excellence of Jeter. Oddly, Jeter was the first Yankee to reach 3000 hits as a Yankee who spent most of his career in New York. Dave Winfield collected his 3000th as a Twin, although he spent slightly more time as a Yankee than a Padre. Paul Waner collected his 3000th as a Yankee, although the vast majority of his career was as a Pirate.

    Strange to see neither Babe Ruth, nor Lou Gehrig were able to reach 3000 hits, despite their many accomplishments. Other greats like Ted Williams, lost out on joining this exclusive club because of WW2.

    • jeffbbf - May 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      Well, the Babe spent the first 5 years of his career as a pitcher (120 hits short) and Gehrig’s illness forced him to retire at age 35 or 36 (275 hits short). Williams also lost significant time in the Korean war, as did Willie Mays. So I guess it just comes down to appreciating those that were able to stay in the game and put up the numbers they did (or are).

      • stex52 - May 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        If Williams had all the years he spent in the military back, it is hard to imagine what records he wouldn’t have owned. There may never be a better pure hitter. (Career OPS+ 190!!)

      • brian32556 - May 14, 2012 at 4:16 PM

        Despite being a Yankee fan (ergo BOSTON SUCKS) I just explained the same thing to my son. Ted Williams would have had far more records than he does. Now imagine him hitting to the short Yankee Stadium porch! Woulda, coulda, shoulda. God Bless him for putting his country first!!

  3. sabatimus - May 14, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Or he could blow his ACL out.

  4. burgundyandgold - May 14, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Even as an O’s fan I have to give the guy his due. At one point I thought he could challenge the all time leader but I doubt it now.

    • brian32556 - May 14, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      I think he could challenge Rose, but he won’t. He’ll retire at 40 as his Yanks complete a second three-peat!!

  5. buffalomafia - May 14, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Salute’ to Jeter future HOF first time ballot!

  6. maddogg911 - May 14, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    I hate the Yankees, but this guy is a class act. Much respect

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