Not long ago all conversations about New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter had something to do with a pitch that was grooved to him during the All-Star game. It isn’t like anyone with a solid brain actually began to question anything about The Captain’s ability, but on Monday night Jeter once again proved just how good he is with another milestone hit.
This time, Jeter accomplished base hit No. 3,420. Why don’t we take a look at just how special that number is?
First of all, it notches him solidly into seventh all time on the MLB hits list. It might have seemed like a normal hit but the seventh-inning safety pushed Jeter above Hall-of-Famer Carl Yastrzemski. This is most certainly something to brag about and then some. Take a look at this list of names for example. Honus Wagner, Tris Speaker, Stan Musial, Hank Aaron, Ty Cobb and Pete Rose; those men listed are the only six men to have more hits than Jeter in the entire history of Major League Baseball.
Now that, my friend, is saying something. Sure they might have grooved a pitch to him in the All-Star game but that does nothing to diminish the legendary career of someone with the status of Jeter. Before he is finished this season, he will also pass Wagner for sixth all time in MLB hits. No special considerations are needed for this statement.
Derek Jeter is one of the top few baseball players to ever lace up cleats and he just proved it again.