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Derek Jeter passes Paul Molitor to move into eighth on all-time hit list

Apr 6, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went 2-for-5 against the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon, but his third- and fourth-inning singles against starter Drew Hutchison carried a bit more significance than they initially appeared. Jeter logged hits 3,319 and 3,320 to pass Hall of Famer Paul Molitor and move into eighth on baseball’s all-time hit list. (Ninth, if you count Cap Anson’s five seasons in the National Association between 1871-75.) Next up on the list: Carl Yastrzemski at 3,419, Honus Wagner at 3,420, and Anson at 3,435.

Jeter announced in February that he will be retiring at season’s end. He is already a lock for the Hall of Fame, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to tie up as many loose ends in the record book as possible.

  1. djjeffhall - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Is there still a quastion over Cap Anson’s hit total? I thought the HoF (Or whomever is the final arbiter.) Concluded that all Federal League records counted.

  2. djjeffhall - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Sorry, National Association.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      If the National Association was considered a major league, Joe Borden’s 1875 no-hitter would be the first in ML history. But it isn’t and it isn’t, though it’s the first in pro baseball history. Instead, George Bradley’s 1876 gem for St. Louis is the first. (He went 45-19 that season, with an ERA of 1.23 and 63 CGs.)

  3. dillongeeescapeplan - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    About time Jeter got some good press.

  4. mikhelb - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Just 8th all time? pffft soooo overrated, he is the worst SS of all time and there will never exist a player so bad as Jeter in the history of sports!

    • mmeyer3387 - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      I’m not a Yankee fan, far from it. I’m an Orioles fan that grew up disliking them. That being said, I’m baseball fan that appreciates and loves the game along with all the players. What’s the truth about Jetter as a player? Well we know that he has always been a very special all around player that has a record of being very consistent and has often excelled in all factors of the game. More importantly, during the playoffs and world series he often turns it up a notch. In other words he has been a great player when a win counts the most. He clearly is a Hall of Fame player, that has excelled in the spotlight. Now just to keep it honest, he has never been a gold glove shortstop, there have always been better gloves at the position during his era. But Jetter has always played the position very well, but never the best defensive player at his the shortstop position (the gold glove is more of a popularity contest). Furthermore, anyone that has watched MLB during the last two decades and is honest, should be able to say that Jetter has been one of the best to ever play. He does truly belong in the HOF.

      • genericcommenter - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        Probably similar to Cal Ripken in some ways when it comes to the praise, though effective as players in different dimensions (such as Cal being a big SS who could field the position).

      • mmeyer3387 - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:30 PM

        Also, because I’m in such a honest mood; I must admit that part of the reason for my dislike of Yankees is that they are rival of my team. Furthermore, I wish that my team, the Orioles just had some of the success that the Yankees have had. We haven’t won or been to the World Series since 1983. I wish that the owner of my team was more like George Steinbrenner Remember that since George bought the Yankees in 1973, they won a lot of titles and no one ever accused him of not doing everything he could for his team to win.

    • fleaman1381 - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      I’ve hated the Yankees my whole life for no other reason than that they play in a big market and my team plays in a small market, truly believing in the “Evil Empire” thing. But Jeter is hands down one of the best baseball players in the game. He has never been the best at anything one thing, but he’s been consistent with enough flashes of greatness to put his name on the list of all time greats. He always has, and still does, define what professionalism is in pro sports.

      And I would take Jeter today over Clint Barmes and Jordy Mercer (my team’s shortstops), so your “worst SS of all time” argument is invalid.

      • mmeyer3387 - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:14 PM

        I agree with all of your statement, even the Yankees being the evil empire. Certainly, Jetter is one of the greatest of our era. Furthermore, what fan wouldn’t want a young Jetter in their line up of their favorite team? NO ONE WOULDN’T TAKE HIM IF THEY WERE HONEST.

  5. aceshigh11 - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    So if he stays reasonably healthy and productive all year, he probably will end up at #6 all time.

    Not too shabby.

    • bigharold - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      And, if he has a decent representative year he’ll be number 5 on the list.

      Jeter has decent range, better when he was young, great hands and a good arm. His offense is more than just a lot of singles. He’s been professional and consistent for nearly two decades and he come up big in big moments. Say anything you want about Jeter but remember that he’s always been a very good SS and anyone that say’s they wouldn’t want a SS of his caliber for the next two decades is full of it.

      Again, say anything you want as long as includes the fact that Jeter will be a first round HoFer 5 years after this season.

  6. proudlycanadian - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Congratulations to Jeter.

  7. cackalackyank - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Another notch for the Captain’s belt. (No gift basket required.) It seems he might be able to get to 6th all time, but not any higher. All in all this is all just a cherry on top of a pretty big Sunday.

  8. imthewiz77 - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    My friend is a cop in the Bronx, he took a picture of a Lamborghini being loaded into Yankee Stadium two days ago. I’d imagine as an opening day gift to Jeter.

    • vivabear - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      And noooobody beats u?

      • imthewiz77 - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:14 AM

        Well, nobody beats my prices

  9. anxovies - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    As somebody else pointed on one of the posts here or on one of the Yankee websites, Jeter has already passed the great Honus Wagner in most hits as a shortstop. Wagner played about 900 games at other positions, mostly 2B and 3B, later in his career.

    • anxovies - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:28 AM

      He passed Aparicio’s 2,673 hits in 2009, and has held the record for shortstops since then.

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