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Five Milestones New York Yankees Players Could Reach In 2013

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Derek Jeter one of many walking wounded for the Yankees

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If you listen to many sportswriters, the 2013 season for the New York Yankees will hold nothing but doom and gloom. We hear the old refrain about how they are old and this will be the year that it all falls apart. Of course we have heard that the last three or four years and when October rolls around, the Yankees are there playing playoff baseball. It might be a harder road this time around, but I don't believe another playoff run is out of the realm of possibility.

Now those in the glass half empty crowd do have a point that the Yankees have had to deal with numerous injuries this spring and some of them probably have to do with players getting older. We have Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, Phil Hughes and Alex Rodriguez all dealing with some sort of ailment. As a Yankees fan it feels strange to be scouring the scrap heap picking up guys that were rejected by other teams, but that is exactly where the team was, picking up castoffs such as Brennan Boesch and Ben Francisco.

With all that said, the 2013 season still could be an exciting one. There are several intriguing milestones that Yankee players could reach this season. Some are nice personal numbers and others are high up in the all time ranks. So in trying to shine a positive light in the upcoming season, here are the five biggest milestones that Yankee players could realistically reach this season.

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5. Robinson Cano 1,500 hits

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Robinson Cano is just 41 hits shy of reaching 1,500 hits for his career. Not bad for just eight years in the big leagues.
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4. C.C. Sabathia 200 wins

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C.C. Sabathia needs nine wins to reach 200, which should be easy for him as long as he stays healthy.
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3. Derek Jeter top ten in runs

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With just 82 runs scored this season, Derek Jeter could go from 12th to 8th in career runs scored. He needs just 21 runs to get into the top ten.
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2. Andy Pettitte 250 wins

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Andy Pettitte is just five wins shy of 250, a number that might make his Hall of Fame resume look quite a bit better.
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1. Derek Jeter top ten in hits

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If Derek Jeter is able to collect 132 hits he can move from 11th to 6th on the all-time hits list. He needs just 12 hits to crack the top ten.