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Derek Jeter passes George Brett on hits list

May 27, 2012, 4:23 PM EDT

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Derek Jeter is now in sole possession of 14th place on the all-time hits list after singling off Tom Milone to open Sunday’s game against the A’s.

It was Jeter’s 3,155th career hit. He’s passed Dave Winfield, Tony Gwynn, Robin Yount, Paul Waner and now Brett since the season began. Next up on the list is Cal Ripken at 3,184. After that is Nap Lajoie at 3,242.

Jeter got his 3,155 hits in 18 seasons and 10,062 at-bats. He’s a lifetime .313 hitter. Brett, who wasn’t blessed with Jeter’s durability and also missed a good chunk of a season due to the 1981 strike, had 3,154 hits in 21 seasons. The first-ballot Hall of Famer hit .305 lifetime.

  1. The Baseball Idiot - May 27, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Don’t forget that Brett missed almost 300 games due to injury, and averaged well over a hit per game. That would have given him close to 3500 hits.

    Brett played hard. Jeter hasn’t. Don’t get too excited about numbers that don’t mean anything.

    I still agree that Jeter is a great player, but he has never played with the intensity that Brett did.

    • braddavery - May 27, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      You really ARE an idiot.

      • yournuts - May 27, 2012 at 5:07 PM

        I second the motion that he is an idiot.

      • pisano - May 27, 2012 at 10:41 PM

        One thing I agree with you on, you certainly gave yourself the correct handle, but you should have omitted The Baseball part.

    • bigharold - May 27, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      “Brett played hard. Jeter hasn’t. Don’t get too excited about numbers that don’t mean anything.”

      Oh!! Now I get it, .. The Baseball Idiot. Don’t try so hard to live up to your moniker.

    • Matthew Pouliot - May 27, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      And that’s why Mariano Rivera has nothing on Rob Dibble.

    • jwbiii - May 27, 2012 at 6:25 PM

      Yankee-hater here, but respect where it’s due. That face plant into the stands to catch a foul ball is all the “playing hard” evidence I need.

    • natstowngreg - May 27, 2012 at 6:33 PM

      Some guys play hard but don’t look like they’re playing hard. Derek Jeter is one of them.

      So it’s Jeter’s fault that Brett got hurt? It’s really sad that you feel the need to use Brett to rip Jeter.

    • brian32556 - May 27, 2012 at 10:50 PM

      No, Jeter just dives head first into stands. Not too hard. You worse than an idiot.

      • The Baseball Idiot - May 28, 2012 at 7:21 AM

        Actually, I respect Jeter as a player. He’s definite Hall of Famer.

        I’m just tired of the “Jeter farted, doesn’t it smell so sweet” attitude that most writers have.

        He’s not the best player in the game, and he’s not the best shortstop. But for some reason, he gets more press than any other player.

        Oh yeah, he’s a Yankee. That explains it all. The Yankees get headlines just becasue they’re Yankees, not because they do anything special.

    • henryd3rd - May 28, 2012 at 8:01 AM

      For someone to try to denigrate Jeter’s accomplishments show that you know absolutely nothing about the game of baseball.

    • anthonykornheiser - May 28, 2012 at 9:57 AM

      i dont get your point. Even if he missed 300 games, Jeter still has more hits in less at bats and less games played as Brett. I think when its all said and done, even if you give brett those extra 300 games, since jeter is still going strong and jeter has already surpassed him in fewer at bats and games, he’ll still have more hits.

      and “don’t forget” that SS is the toughest position along with CF, so it’s a lot more taxing.

    • gmsingh - May 28, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      I don’t think anyone who has watched both of them play would say that Jeter is a better hitter than Brett was. Jeter is a HOFer because of his numbers, but you’ll never have stories to tell about him like Brett flirting with .400 or the pine tar incident. He’s slightly more interesting than Cal Ripken Jr.

  2. hiltonandastoria - May 27, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Congrats to Jeter


  3. florida76 - May 27, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    The story should have said Paul, not Pal, Waner.

    • Matthew Pouliot - May 27, 2012 at 5:40 PM


  4. getsome99 - May 27, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    The story says Jeter’s lifetime average is 8 points better than Brett’s. Who are these morons suggesting Brett is better than Jeter? The 3 extra seasons Brett has on Jeter more than makes up for the games he missed. Jeter played in a strike shortened season also. Jeter has played just as hard or harder than Brett. Jeter is just a far superior athlete, therefore he makes it look easier.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 27, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      Several years from now Brett and Jeter will be plaque-mates in Cooperstown. Two great ballplayers. Silly argument.

    • deadeyedesign23 - May 27, 2012 at 8:17 PM

      What moron is suggesting Jeter played in a strike shortened season? The strike was 94, he had a cup of coffee in 95 and his rookie year was 96. He also has 100 fewer home runs and is 20 behind in WAR. Jeter is great but Brett is better…at the least you’re not a moron for thinking Brett’s better.

      • brian32556 - May 27, 2012 at 10:54 PM

        And Jeter is part of FIVE Championship teams. That trumps it all!!!!

      • jwbiii - May 28, 2012 at 12:15 AM

        So you’re saying he’s less qualified (for whatever) then Ralph Houk?

      • mybrunoblog - May 28, 2012 at 1:15 AM

        Check your facts Deadeddesign.
        Jeter made is debut on May 29,1995. The MLB players strike took 18 games off the 1995 regular season. The 1995 season began on April 25,1995. Maybe the aYankees call up Jeter earlier if those games were not missed? We will never really know. That said obviously 18 games is not a huge amount of MLB service time but it cannot merely be discounted.

      • deadeyedesign23 - May 28, 2012 at 10:11 AM

        18 games over a career absolutely can be discounted. Especially considering they weren’t giving him playtime afterward so there’s not even a guarantee he would have been up for that time.

  5. nflpredictor316 - May 27, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    jeter has always had a all star cast around him. everyone played good and hard on the yankees in the 90’s-00’s. brett didnt have much of a supporting cast he was the beast of his team. both players are amazing played different positions and had different hitting styles. i think the competition during brett’s time was better. i prefer brett because he did just as much with less to aid him. plus brett has ALOT more intentional walks than jeter has ever gotten.

    • brian32556 - May 27, 2012 at 10:56 PM

      Oh give us a break! What, did George Brett drive the team bus and fly the airplane to away games too!? He had a good team around him with other all-stars as well.

      • eastcoastcynic - May 28, 2012 at 3:02 AM

        Brett had a small window of time with great talent in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Jeter had great talent around him for a much longer duration–the latter half of the 90’s and most of the first decade of the 21st century.

  6. aceshigh11 - May 27, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Watch your back, Pete Rose.

  7. jmmsr1 - May 27, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Don’t forget the time off for Brett’s hemorrhoids

  8. gmsingh - May 28, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    In comparing Brett’s stats to Jeter’s, it’s clear Brett has better high water marks in just about every category: BA: .390, HR: 30, OBP: .454, SLG: .664, OPS: 1.118. In ’79 Brett had 20 triples; the most Jeter ever hit was 9, and he has above average speed. All in all Jeter looks like the Richie Cunningham of .300 hitters; humdrum.

  9. sleepyirv - May 28, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    It’s possible to recognize both Derek Jeter and George Brett as all-time great without disparaging the other man.

  10. mrmarkls - May 28, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Brett was a great player. Jeter is a great player. They are simply differnt sorts of players. Jeter is not a power hitter.

    Jeter does not bat third or fourth.

    They will share space in the Hall of Fame.

    One does not have to tear down one to support the other.

    Get over it.

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