It seems as if each and every postseason MLB all-time hits leader Pete Rose finds his way into the spotlight some how and this year it is due to his recent comments made about New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and his pursuit of the hits record. According to the sports website Sports on Earth, Rose doesn’t think that Jeter can break his record which Rose set 27 years ago on September 11, 1985.
On the website Rose is quoted as saying, “I don’t think he will break the record. First of all, I don’t think he wants to leave the Yankees. And the Yankees, they’re about winning. Jeter had a great year this year, but he’s what? 38-years old? And he’s a shortstop? How many 40-year old shortstops you see walking around? Not too many right? And they can’t put him at third base because A-Rod‘s there. They can’t put him at second cause Cano‘s there………..What are they going to do? Put him at first base?”
Jeter is coming off of his best season in three years as he hit .313 with an MLB leading 216 hits and passed Willie Mays for 10th on the all-time hit list. The Yankees captain has 3,304 career hits and is just 11 hits behind Eddie Collins for ninth place all-time. In fact with another 200-hit season in 2013 Jeter could jump all the way to fifth place on the list passing the likes of Collins, Paul Molitor, Honus Wagner, Carl Yastrzemski and Tris Speaker in the process.
Rose also said Jeter “had a great year this year, but do you think he can do that again? At 39? A shortstop? Let’s say he gets 200 more hits next year. And let’s say he gets 200 more hits when he’s 40, though I don’t think he can. Ok, can he get 200 more hits when he’s 41? You think he can?I don’t think he can get 200 more hits at 41, but let’s say he does. Ok now he’s 42. He’s gonna get 200 more hits then?……….I don’t think he will. And even if he does all that, he’s still 150 hits short.”
There is nothing that we can do about any of that is just sit back and watch to see if Jeter can challenge the record or not and it will definitely be interesting and enjoyable to watch the pursuit over the next few years. Jeter currently trails Rose by 952 hits which is a long way to go, but honestly if anyone has a chance to break that difficult record it’s Derek Jeter!