Derek Jeter Ties Cal Ripken Jr. On All-Time Hits List

By Michael Terrill

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter tied his idol Cal Ripken Jr. on the all-time hits list with his single up the middle in the seventh inning of Thursday night’s game.

Jeter and Ripken both have 3,184 hits, which is good for 13th in Major League Baseball history. It is an honor for the Yankees captain to be mentioned in the same breath as Ripken, who he idolized growing up as a kid. It is also an honor for fans to be able to watch a living legend work his way up the all-time hits list.

“Right now, it is kind of hard to sit around and think about it,” Jeter said. “I think I’ve told you before what he has represented to the game, being a shortstop, he is someone I’ve always admired. At this moment, now, it is not something I’m thinking about.”

Jeter is currently 68 hits behind Nap Lajoie who is 12th on the list. As long as Jeter stays healthy there is no question in my mind he will be able to surpass Lajoie to be ranked 11th on the list before the season is over. The 38-year-old shortstop who just recently celebrated his birthday on June 26 currently has 96 hits in 73 games this season.

If it was not for Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios making an outstanding grab in right field last night, Jeter would have surpassed Ripken. Rios saved the game by making the last out in the ninth inning while the Yankees had a man on base. New York ended up losing the game to Chicago 4-3.

“They are playing no doubles,” Jeter said. “So it either goes out or he catches and he caught it. I thought I had a chance, but it didn’t happen.”

Jeter has seven home runs, 12 doubles, 25 RBI, 23 walks, 42 strikeouts, and is batting .304 in 316 plate appearances this season.

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