By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst and Website Owner) Follow @mlbreports
This season has to have been the most mentally grueling campaign for EL Capitan. Jeter has fought through several injuries, DL stints, and seen his teammates struggle for the 1st time in 5 years.
Despite all of that, Derek Jeter smacked two base hits Sept 4th (including his 3315th) – to pass Eddie Collins for 10th on the ALL – Time Hit List (If you are on mlb.com). It was just the Shortstops 11th hit on the year.
Next on the list is long time Brewer great, and Baseball Hall of Famer Paul Molitor at 3319 Career hits sitting 9th.
Now that he has been place on the 60 Day DL because of his ankle, #9 will have to wait until the 2014 campaign.
Derek Jeter’s only HR this year
|Rank||Player (yrs, age)||Hits||Bats|
|1.||Pete Rose (24)||4256||B|
|2.||Ty Cobb+ (24)||4189||L|
|3.||Hank Aaron+ (23)||3771||R|
|4.||Stan Musial+ (22)||3630||L|
|5.||Tris Speaker+ (22)||3514||L|
|6.||Cap Anson+ (27)||3435||R|
|7.||Honus Wagner+ (21)||3420||R|
|8.||Carl Yastrzemski+ (23)||3419||L|
|9.||Paul Molitor+ (21)||3319||R|
|10.||Eddie Collins+ (25)||3315||L|
|Derek Jeter (19, 39)||3315||R|
Just a note here, that http://www.mlb.com has Eddie Collins listed at 3314 Career Hits, and I am choosing to go with that, instead of the BR.com’s 3315 you see above in this list.
If #2 comes back for another campaign next season, Jeter should be able to run down that past great – and also (Cap Anson ) at 3435 for #6.
With seeing a curbed 2013, for Games Played and At-Bats, also has curtailed the thought Derek Jeter can chase down many others on the list for the list.
Heck, Jeter may spend some time at DH in 2014, and possibly could make the transition over to Third Base for a year – while Alex Rodriguez is under suspension.’
I do believe the 39 Year Old from New Jersey, has one good season left in him. At a good clip, he may see 550 AB. Based on this, he should be good for around 160 – 180 Hits.
This would put him right near Tris Speaker‘s 3515 (200 Hits from right now) base knocks, for 5th on the list.
If Jeter were to play in 2015 (I hope he doesn’t, because it is okay to leave the game mostly at the top), he would also have a great chance at running down Stan Musial for 5th at 3630 (315 Hits away right now).
Mr. Jeter doesn’t have the type of game for DH, and the Yankees will need to clear that spot for a power hitter in that season, as it will be the year the club hits the reset button on payroll flexibility.
One of the reasons Boston has been good for so long, is that David Ortiz is a far superior DH to most of his counterparts in the American League, and the club has ridden him to several playoff spots.
I would give Ichiro Suzuki a better chance to be playing baseball in 2015, than Jeter. The Japanese superstar would be a great 4th OF, and he is still in great shape to defend.
The 2013 has taken its toll on the 19 year Veteran. Jeter will also turn 40 during the 2014 season. If he were to play another year, it would make him 41.
Even players like Cal Ripken had to switch positions later in their career to prolong it. That would give even more credence to him moving to 3rd base next year.
I hate even writing an article like this. It is merely to point out how historic that Jeter has been in his career. That he is among these Hall Of Fame Players is a testament to his professionalism and durability.
I can’t see Jeter hanging them up in injury riddled year.
At least with A – Rod’s money hypothetically coming off of the books for at least 2014, the team should be able to resign Robinson Cano, a few Starting Pitchers to replace Phil Hughes, Hiroki Kuroda, and potentially Andy Pettitte.
I am hoping that Derek Jeter will exercise his $8 MIL Player Option for 2014. The Yankees have made it abundantly clear that they will leverage to get under the $189 MIL Threshold for team salary next season.
If he can realize that he is worth a salary like that, and not wish to renegotiate for more, it would be a perfect scenario for the Yankees management.
2013 will not be the final chapter in Derek Jeter’s illustrious career.
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