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VIDEO: Derek Jeter passes Carl Yastrzemski for seventh on all-time hits list

Jul 28, 2014, 10:26 PM EDT

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With three hits against the Rangers this evening, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has passed Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski for seventh-place on baseball’s all-time hit list.

Facing Yu Darvish, Jeter singled and doubled in his first two at-bats to tie Yastrzemski. He then smacked an opposite-field single in the seventh inning to move into sole possession of seventh-place with his 3,420th career hit. You can watch video of the hit below:

Jeter is now 10 hits away from tying Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time list. Assuming health, he should be able to pull that off over the final two months of the regular season. Of course, the top-five consist of Pete Rose (4,256), Ty Cobb (4,191), Hank Aaron (3,771), Stan Musial (3,630), and Tris Speaker (3,515). Cap Anson is listed as sixth on the all-time list in some places, but that includes five seasons in the National Association between 1871-1875. MLB has him listed at 25th all-time with 3,011 hits.

  1. edelmanfanclub - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Yaz > Ortiz, Jeter

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      Ozzie >> Jeter.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:31 PM

        Fozzie >> Beaker

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:19 AM

        Cake>Pie

    • whatacrocker - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      Yaz > Ortiz + Jeter

      There, fixed that for you.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:14 AM

        Agreed

  2. gatorprof - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Yaz, Jeter >> Ortiz

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:25 AM

      Jeter Father = Jeter Son = Jeter Holy Ghost.

      • dcarroll73 - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:29 AM

        Our triune shortstop whom we love for what he has done and what he has left undone.

  3. raysfan1 - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Even if you count Anson’s National Association hits, he has 3435. Jeter should pass him anyway. Thus, no matter how you slice it, Jeter will almost certainly end up with the 6th most hits all time, which is pretty darn impressive. Congrats to him.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    How are the Yankees doing tonight? Are they winning against Darvish and the Rangers?

    • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      Darvish is a “bakemono”… very tough to win against here in the NPB.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:16 AM

        Thank you Darvish. The Yankees are now 2 games behind the Jays.

    • pete2112 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:58 AM

      @ proudlycanadian,

      How did the Sox do last night??? Looks like they lost a close one….. Very typical response from a Sox fan. Jeter passes Yaz and you point out the Yankees loss.

      • RickyB - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:04 AM

        Um, pc is strictly a Jays fan, so pointing out that the Sox got pummeled by the Blue Jays only widens his grin. And while it’s great that Jetes passed Yaz, I’d rather have the Yankees win.

      • pete2112 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:11 AM

        Well good for him and his 2nd. place Blue Jays. With all that offense and still struggling to stay afloat in the horrible AL east. Hope he’s still grinning at the end of the season.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        Hi Pete. That was one of the most ignorant comments I have ever read. The Yankees lost despite an unimportant hit total reached by Jeter. As a singles hitter, Jeter has never been as feared as Yaz. Furthermore, he never deserved those gold gloves because of his inferior range. I am quite aware that the Red Sox lost last night as I was cheering as usual for the Jays.

      • pete2112 - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        proudlycanadian,
        And my comment was ignorant???

        I really love this whole inferior range topic. You do realize this is something that came later in his career and not something he had back in his gold glove seasons. Also using your logic, I guess singles don’t count as hits and they should be removed his from his stats, thus making his hit total much less.

        I suppose we should have a push to place an asterisk next to Jeter’s name on the all time hits list because proudlycanadian thinks Yaz was a better player, which of course has nothing to do with one player being better than the other. It’s just a hits list and not a list of the greatest players in their respective order.

      • pete2112 - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:43 PM

        And to add to your ignorant comment as well as using your logic, it sounds like just because the Yankees lost the game yesterday, Jeter’s hits shouldn’t count because they were “unimportant” as you put it. I guess since you’re such a Yaz fan, he never had a meaningless hit ever in his career.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        You do realize this is something that came later in his career and not something he had back in his gold glove seasons.

        Jeter has always been awful defensively. He deserved his GG’s as much as Palmeiro deserved his when he played 29 games at 1b and the rest at DH.

      • pete2112 - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        Awful?? Please enlighten me how he has always been horrible defensively. And you’re really going to compare his GG to Palmeiro’s??? Very weak, dude. Very!

        Listen, you can hate Jeter all you want as It’s a free country but to just throw crap like that out is pretty sad.

        He’s 30th all time in fielding percentage. Hardly horrible. And secondly, I have no idea what his fielding has to do with him moving ahead of Yaz on the all time hits list.

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/fielding_perc_ss_career.shtml

  5. 1998yanks - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Of course all the haters will still say he is overrated.

    • fpstratton - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      That’s correct. Enough already about Jeter’s defense. At one time, he was an excellent fielding shortstop. I loved Yaz, but he was never on a world championship team. Jeter had more clutch hits than Yaz in his career although Carl never got as many post-season chances to deliver thanks to Boston’s long championship drought. Yaz got two chances in the post-season: 1967 and 1975. He came close to a third in 1978, but made the final out with runners in scoring position against the Yankees in the one-game playoff. Jeter overrated? You try playing in New York for almost two decades and dealing with the media and fan pressure.

      • pete2112 - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        It’s a no win situation, guy. I’ve tried to explain my stance on it but you get these ridiculous statements that say Jeter could never play defense or all of his numbers are fluffed up because he plays in New York or we should dismiss everything he’s ever done because he played in the modern era. I hope Sox fans remember this when Dustin Pedroia retires.

        I don’t understand why just because Jeter moves past Yaz on the hits list that the two have to be compared. It’s pretty simple. Jeter has one more hit in his career than Yaz had. The comparisons stop there as it’s just a hits list. It doesn’t say Jeter is the better player. You Sox fans and Yankees haters seem so put off by this and I don’t understand it.

  6. genericcommenter - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Cap’n > Cap Anson

  7. bigbenh8tr - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    In other news the Nat’s just had the most humiliating loss I’ve seen in years

  8. philliesblow - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Not to diminish Jeter, but one could make a strong case for including Ichiro on the all-time hit list ahead of him.

    He has 2805 hits in MLB and in the 7 years in Japan before coming to the majors he averages 177 hits / yr over 7 years, never playing more than 135 games a season. Even if he had only made the majors at age 22 and got only 160 hits per season he’d have over 3,600 career hits.

    • raysfan1 - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      Not to diminish Ichiro Suzuki, but no you can’t for the simple reason he did not come to the MLB until he was 27. I’ve no doubt he would have collected 3500+ hits had he not spent those years in the NPB, but that’s not how it happened.

      • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:49 PM

        Really? Are you sure you’re certain? the NPB and the MLB might be different on the quality of play, yes. But I know you’ve seen on what Ichiro-san has done in the Major League level.

      • raysfan1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:48 AM

        Again, the list is the all time major league hits list. Ichiro Suzuki is awesome, and he certainly would have had more major league hits than Jeter if he played his whole career over here–I said 3500+, but depending on whether he avoided injury here as he did in Japan and exactly when he broke into the major leagues… He could have even pushed 4000. Sorry for the run on sentence.

        One more time, this is not about who is the best hitter. It is not about who could have had the most major league hits. This is simply the list of who does have the MLB hits. Jeter has 3420, and Ichiro has 2805. This is a list of the actual counting stat, not a quality judgment, and can’t put anyone higher on the list than where they actually are.

        Put another way, Ted Williams lost 4 years of his career due to military service. If he had not, he would no doubt have had 3300-3400 hits with over 600 HRs. Instead what he actually has is 2654 hits and 521 HRs. Jeter is now almost 800 hits ahead of Williams, but anyone who thinks Jeter is a better hitter than Williams was is a freaking idiot.

        Ichiro is great, and it’d be great if he beat the odds and made it to 3000 MLB hits. You can debate all you want as to his place among the best hitters of all time; but you cannot argue his place on the list of actual hits accumulated in any specific leagua.

      • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        Damm… Certainly got some point there.

    • gatorprof - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      Ichiro reminds me of a girl’s softball slapper.

      If you want to play the “IF” game, then you would definitely have to re-write the books to all of the IFs about the negro league players, some of whom would have dominated MLB. What IF Satchel Paige hadn’t been robbed of 20 years of MLB playing time?

  9. Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    “Not to diminish Jeter, but one could make a strong case for including Ichiro on the all-time hit list ahead of him.”

    Definitely a high chance of happening, Ichiro-san made his debut at the MLB level at the age of 27 and Jeter at (?), his work ethic never changed even when he’s there in the US. “Small ball” or the Yakyu style of play is what made him the best Asian ballplayer of all time.

    • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      To philliesblow on top of my original statement.

  10. LIBERAL JUSTICE - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Jeter > Yaz > Ortiz

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:18 AM

      Comedian.

    • dsaverno - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:58 AM

      Maybe if you reverse jeter’s strikeouts and walks. That might make up for the 10 pts of wRC+ Yaz has on him. Plus, when writing your gospels, try to figure out what to do with the 300 more extra base hits Yaz hit–in a lower offensive environment to boot. Jeter has been a great player, but let’s not make him into one of the best ever.

      • pete2112 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:22 AM

        I’m not sure who is making him out to be the best ever. Please point me where that’s being said. I’m certainly not. It seems the Sox fans are automatically going there just because he passed Yaz on the hits list and of course the Sox fans are trying to point out all of the areas Jeter doesn’t deserve to be there on the hits list. Just because he passed Yaz doesn’t make one any better or worse, but that doesn’t mean you can start dismissing everything Jeter has done over his career either. I honestly don’t even know how anyone can compare them as hitters as I think they’re completely different from each other. Yaz being a much more of a power hitter but still being able to spray the ball around the field while Jeter being more of a singles hitter without much power at all.

      • dsaverno - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:39 AM

        I’m not a Red Sox or a Yankees fan. I think Jeter is a very good to great player that happened to be drafted by the right team at the right time. He very well could have been Robin Yount in other circumstances. Yes, he has had some magical days and moments seem to follow him, but much of that is a function of having the opportunity for those moments to happen. Craig Biggio didn’t have that much different of a career, but because of his location, his front office, and his teammates, he didn’t get the press or the post-season opportunities Jeter had. Jeter is, in my opinion, considered better than he actually was because of the accessibility of his accomplishments. He played in New York for a team that spent more, won more and was more visible than any other, something that wouldn’t have happened if he was drafted by any other team in any other era.

        Sometimes opportunity is about luck. How would Ted Williams have hit with the short right field porch in Yankee Stadium? How would Joe DiMaggio have done banging the ball off of the Green Monster every home game? How about Tim Raines anywhere but Montreal? Vlad’s knees if he didn’t have to play on concrete? There are a million questions like that.

        I’m not saying Yaz or Jeter is the best ever, but I am saying that Yaz was a better player relative to his peers than Jeter was, even though Yaz played longer into his decline phase. 600 more games as a 40-something sure didn’t help his rate stats. He hit 300 more extra base hits, had 800 more walks and played better defense, albeit at a less premium position. He has a much higher WAR, both bWAR and fWAR, a much higher wRC+ and a higher OPS+. Those numbers are all park and peer adjusted. Any way you look at it, Yaz was better.

        And don’t give me any of that “Champion” crap. That’s a function of luck and opportunity. Albert Pujols doesn’t have the rings Jeter has, but you can’t, with a straight face, say he’s less of a player. Ted Williams, George Brett, Cal Ripken, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Mike Schmidt, combined, have the same number of rings Jeter has. Who in their right mind would say they weren’t as good as the cap’n? Circumstances created his legend.

      • pete2112 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM

        @dsaverno:

        I agree with most of that, but what you call luck for Jeter might not be luck to a player that didn’t or couldn’t perform in the spotlight or pressure of the playoffs, such as ARod or even Bonds at points in his career. There’s no doubt Jeter was blessed with good timing to be where he was in the early 90’s but he was also part of that core group that made those wins possible in some cases.

        You say circumstances created his legend, but I think in some situations he created those circumstances himself by the plays he made when it mattered most. It works both ways in my opinion and that goes for all players. Just as you can’t take away from players who played on inferior teams, you can’t dismiss what Jeter did with the great teams he was part of.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        Plus, when writing your gospels, try to figure out what to do with the 300 more extra base hits Yaz hit–in a lower offensive environment to boot.

        No dog in this fight, but this isn’t exactly a similar comparison b/c:

        Yaz: 11988 AB
        Jeter: 10988 AB

        1,000 more AB’s is huge. Yaz played 3308 games compared to Jeter’s 2695. Yaz averaged roughly 240 TB per year, while Jeter is averaging about 255.

  11. sportsfan18 - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    when looking at the stats between Yaz and Jeter, they are similar in many ways.

    each has some areas where they are better.

    sure, Red Sox fans who are homers will be clouded and same with Yanks fans for Jeter.

    But I’m a Cubs fan and I just looked at both of their career stats on baseball reference dot com and it’s darn near a wash.

    two outstanding HOF players that are much closer to each other than they are apart in terms of overall career numbers and achievements.

    I’d call it a tie between them.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      A perfectly reasonable comment. He’s obviously insane to be posting it here.

  12. mikhelb - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    Now Jeter has more hits than any Red Sox got in MLB’s history. Very impressive for somebody so overrated as him.

    Now he has what? about 1000 more hits than Ozzie Smith?

    Oh yeah by the way:

    Jeter > Yaz > Luis Aparicio > [Ozzie Smith+Omar Vizquel+Oswaldo Guillén]

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:25 AM

      Seriously? I have seen both Jeter and Yaz play. Yaz was a much better baseball player.

      • fpstratton - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        I have seen both Jeter and Yaz play and I would disagree. Don’t get me wrong. I love Yaz, and he had a triple crown year in 1967, a better season than Jeter has ever been able to put together, but to say that Yastrzemski was superior is unfair. Each played a different position and was a different kind of player. I saw Yaz make some bad plays and look bad at the plate just as I saw Jeter boot ground balls and look bad at the plate, but they are both outstanding baseball players and people.

    • dsaverno - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      troll

  13. jrob23 - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:56 AM

    only morons believe Jeter is better than Yaz. Yaz was way better defensively. He didn’t play in the steroid era, the watered down expansion era, the wearing of armor to protect yourself era. He dealt with a raised mound during his prime. He played in Fenway, not exactly a friendly park for left handed hitters, and he played on some bad teams and was pitched around for the better part of his career. Yaz is the epitome of overlooked underappreciated superstar.

    The fact that Jeter won a single GG let alone multiple is a perfect example of a ball player being showered with accolades based on name only. He was probably never even the best fielding SS on his own team let alone division or league.

    If Jeter played in Yaz era we’d see drastic reduction in his numbers across the board. Jeter is the worst of all the great ballplayers of this era. Great player, but never among the top 10 players in the game at any point in his career.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:26 AM

      There are some Yankee fans out there who have never seen Yaz play. I forgive them for their ignorance.

    • brandotho - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Yaz primarily played LF and 1B. Jeter played the second-toughest position in baseball for a good 20 years

    • fpstratton - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      Yastrzemski overlooked? Are you kidding me? Yaz was adored by all, and he most certainly was not underappreciated. In 1975, when Lynn and Rice arrived on the scene, Yaz was still getting his due, as were Rico Petrocelli, Dwight Evans, Luis Tiant, et al. Secondly, Fenway is a good park for any hitter, not just right-handed ones. Also, Derek Jeter has had bad fielding years, as most shortstops who have played as long as he has, but he has also had some excellent years and has made key plays in big games. People who say being on World Championship teams is only a matter of circumstance and luck are not paying attention. Jeter was instrumental in all of the Yankees’ championships. I agree that someone like Mariano Rivera deserves a lion’s share of the credit for the Yanks’ post-season successes, but Jeter has continually come up with big hits and big plays in those situations. As far as how Jeter would have done in Yaz’ era, it is pointless to argue that one. We will never know.

  14. jimeejohnson - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:13 AM

    Baseball > all other sports

    • pete2112 - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:49 AM

      @jrob23,

      Chill out. I’m not sure why this is turning to a Yaz vs. Jeter thing. He passed Yaz on the hits list and that’s that. As I’ve said before, Jeter will be remembered for what he did when it mattered most in the playoffs. He always seemed to make a play or get a key hit during their run and that’s why he is who is now. Also, playing on the same team his whole career is another reason his following is so faithful.

      These blanket statements where you Sox fans just dismiss him and his accomplishments are pretty silly. You guys make it sound like being 7th on the hits list means nothing now that Jeter is there.

      I’ll just add this, If Nomar could have stayed healthy, we could haven been having this same conversation about him.

      • dsaverno - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        see my post above. Champion schmampion

      • pete2112 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:04 AM

        Where do I mention champion in my post? All I was saying is that he rose to the occasion when it mattered most. If he had been a player who only had great regular seasons and poor post seasons, I seriously doubt he would be looked at the same way.

  15. papajack1259 - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    It is very difficult comparing players separated
    by so much time. Yaz was a wonderful HOF player but let’s not dismiss Jeter who is a gamer and anyone would want either of them on their team
    What I find remarkable and truly admire about athletes especially in todays’ game is they both played for one team one fan base. Jeter is a clean player during a time when juice was available and he easily could of done the Clemens, Braun, Palermo think
    As a Sox fan and a Yankee admirer Congrats to Jeter he is a true HOF

    • dsaverno - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      That was pure luck. Yankees had the money, the pastiche, and the motivation to keep him on the team. If he had been drafted by the Marlins, do you think the same would have happened?

      • pete2112 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:08 AM

        Now it’s getting really lame with some of this. You could say that for any player on a team in the top five of payrolls. Are you going to tell me the Red Sox didn’t have that same type of control over there players they wanted to keep?

      • fpstratton - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        Keep him on the team? Jeter earned it. He earned the loyalty the Yankees showed him because they realized he was a jewel. As far as on and off-field conduct, Jeter was spot-on, and he did it in an environment so full of distractions that he must be credited for having behaved in such a level-headed manner for so many years. If anyone had been drafted by the Marlins, they would most likely not be headed to the Hall.

  16. pete2112 - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Cue the Jeter hate…

    Sure he gets way too much attention, but that comes with the territory in New York and he earned a lot of his attention when it mattered the most in the playoffs, so while he’s a just a shell of what he used to be, his stats aren’t something you can just ignore and say he sucks. Also, unlike a lot of players with his notoriety, he’s stayed out of trouble with the media and fans.

  17. larrytsg - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    I think what all this really should point out is:

    1) Hank Aaron was an incredibly bad-ass consistent hitting machine.

    2) Jeter would have really picked a lot more hits if he didn’t miss last season.

    3) Honus Wagner would chew them up and spit them out.

    4) Ichiro is a hitting legend the same way as Pete Rose, without the gambling addiction and attitude.

    • pete2112 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      I wish Ichiro had been able to play his entire career in America as it would have been really interesting to see where he would be right now. What an amazing hitter.

      • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:01 AM

        If only so, bud. Our nationalism is just “too” high in our country, and playing outside the NPB without going through the NPB draft is considered a selfish and traitorous act (tough truth). Any team is willing to do anything they can just to convince them to stay. There’s a penalty too to those who played outside the league that skipped the draft, that player wont be playing for 2 or 3 yrs when he comes back.

        That’s just strict these guys are when handling players… Mostly, it’s about discipline.

    • American of African Descent - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      1) Correct.

      2) Correct.

      3) Bull feces.

      4) Correct.

      • larrytsg - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        OK, maybe Honus Wagner wasn’t a cannibal of discriminating taste. Just that I’m amazed by the numbers he put up (along with Cobb) in an era when the game itself was a much harder place….

    • fpstratton - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      ” Ichiro is a hitting legend the same way as Pete Rose, without the gambling addiction and attitude.” ……….and the championships.

      “Honus Wagner would chew them up and spit them out.”………………….impossible to say.

      I can’t argue with statements 1 and 2.

  18. jfk69 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    And if apples were oranges and birds bees, not to mention a nickle for every koo koo comparison made. I would own a vineyard and be a millionaire. Not to mention drunk most of the time responding to fan blogs.

  19. ahrmon - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Came to see angry mouthbreathing BoSox fans. Left EXTREMELY satisfied.

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