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Derek Jeter had 3 base hits in last night’s 4 – 2 loss to the Texas Rangers. In doing so, the man now has 3420 hits for his career.
Carl Yastrzemski had 3419 to hold onto the 8th spot previously, but Jeter’s 3420th hit seems to be confusing when you look at the websites of both http://www.mlb.com and http://www.baseballreference.com
BBREF has Honus Wagner listed at 3420, which would have El Capitan tying that mark last night, while MLB has Wagner listed at 3430 Career Hits.
All will be a moot point when Jeter passes the 3431 hits plateau in a few weeks, and shortly after that he should nestle into the 6th slot for good, when he passes Cap Anson.
For those that still don’t give Derek Jeter the respect he deserves, the man also is the Career Hits leader ever for an Infielder.
Of his 3420 base knocks. 3337 have come as a SS and 81 at the DH position, which is ahead of Wagner, Anson, and Eddie Collins.
The other 2 hits come via pinch hitting.
Wagner and Anson both saw some time in the Outfield during their time.
|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.||Derek Jeter (20, 40)||3420||R|
|Honus Wagner+ (21)||3420||R|
|9.||Carl Yastrzemski+ (23)||3419||L|
|10.||Paul Molitor+ (21)||3319||R|
Out of the Infielders currently in the game of baseball, Miguel Cabera may have a chance to beat Jeter if he remains a 1st baseman.
At just at age 31, Cabrera has netted 1680 hits. But this may be a hard task to fathom, as the man could see more of his AB come as A DH later.
Alex Rodriguez has 2834 hits as an Infielder, so he is 2nd to Jeter in both active leaders in hits, and Infield Hits.
Adrian Beltre, who has a legitimate shot (like A-Rod) for 3000 hits, has 2458 of his 2530 Lifetime base knocks coming from the hot corner.
At age 35, and no signs of slowing down (.314/.358/.538) – with 651 hits in 531 GP for the Texas Rangers, Beltre seems to be better as he becomes older.
Last year he even led the AL with 199 hits.
|Rank||Player (yrs, age) Active Leaders||Hits||Bats|
|1.||Derek Jeter (20, 40)||3420||R|
|2.||Alex Rodriguez (20, 38)||2939||R|
|3.||Ichiro Suzuki (14, 40)||2805||L|
|4.||Manny Ramirez (19, 42)||2574||R|
|5.||Adrian Beltre (17, 35)||2540||R|
|6.||Bobby Abreu (18, 40)||2466||L|
|7.||Albert Pujols (14, 34)||2459||R|
|8.||Miguel Tejada (16, 40)||2407||R|
|9.||Paul Konerko (18, 38)||2329||R|
|10.||Carlos Beltran (17, 37)||2291||B|
Like A-Rod though, the majority of his AB may come as a DH in a few years.
A few years ago, one might have said Albert Pujols could do some damage towards this mark too.
Well, the current Angel will have a good look at 3000 hits, (with 2459 already at age 34), I am thinking the DH role will suit him in a few seasons from now.
Also with that, he played a couple of years as an Outfielder.
Robinson Cano does have 1777 hits in the Majors thus far, and 1736 have them have come at 2B. h
The former Yankee might be quite prolific for a few years at smacking nearly 200 hits a year, but somewhere he should be employed as a DH as well.
Derek Jeter has been a model of consistency for his entire career.
2013 withstanding, which he was hurt with his broken ankle from the 2012 playoffs, this man has been good for about 190 – 210 hits a year on average.
The Yankees Captain has put forth 7 – 200 hit campaigns. and 3 others over the 190+ hit mark.
Not counting 1995 (only 15 games) and 2013 (17 games) Jeter only has fallen below 162 hits in a season once, and that was due to an injury during the 2003 year, where he hit 156 base knocks in only 119 games for a .324 Batting Average.
Out of his 17 full seasons heading into 2014, the man had posted .300 BA or better in 12 of those seasons – with batting between .290 – .300 for 4 of the other 5 years.
Really until this season completes, 2010 would be his worst full year. with a .270 BA – and he still smacked 179 hits in 157 games played in.
Jeter’s 162 game average puts him at 206 hits for his average campaign even up to now, after he has appeared in 2695 Career Games.
Just to give you some insight how incredible that is, Lou Gehrig has a mark of 204 hits for his 162 Average.
Ty Cobb, the career batting average leader had an average of 224 hits/per 162.
Ichiro Suzuki, who also doesn’t receive enough credit for his 10 straight 200+ hit seasons to start his career, has averages 211 base knocks per 162.
Recently passed Hall Of Famer Tony Gwynn averaged 209 hits/per 162.
As prolific as Wade Boggs was during his career, he is at 200 hits/per 162.
Keep in mind I am not downplaying any of these other hitters, as most of them were better OBP guys than Jeter, took more walks on so forth…It is just an illustration of how consistent #2 has been.
It was too bad the horrific 2012 injury robbed him of a full season in 2013, otherwise Jeter would have made it to the top 5 list of ALL – Time for sure.
Jeter also ranks 10th in Runs Scored ALL – Time with 1910 runs, which is 39 behind Stan Musial, and only 9 behind A-Rod (although you have to figure the Yankees suspended 3B will pass him again past this year.
The Yankees SS also leads many of lifetime PostSeason marks: GP (158) Hits (200) Runs (111) AB (650) PA (734) 2B (32), TB (302) and is Tied for 1st in 3B (5).
His .308 Playoff BA will be similar to his final end BA in regular season.
|Rank||Player (yrs, age)||Batting Average||Bats|
|1.||Miguel Cabrera (12, 31)||.3202||R|
|2.||Joe Mauer (11, 31)||.3196||L|
|3.||Albert Pujols (14, 34)||.3185||R|
|4.||Ichiro Suzuki (14, 40)||.3173||L|
|5.||Manny Ramirez (19, 42)||.3122||R|
|6.||Derek Jeter (20, 40)||.3112||R|
|7.||Ryan Braun (8, 30)||.3107||R|
|8.||Robinson Cano (10, 31)||.3103||L|
|Joey Votto (8, 30)||.3103||L|
|10.||Matt Holliday (11, 34)||.3087||R|
So the next time we hear some yahoo call him ‘overrated’, we have been armed with the knowledge that this guy is one of the best players of ALL – Time, and a 1st time Hall Of Famer.
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