By Tyler on August 6, 2014
There are less than two months left in the 2014 MLB regular season, which means that the career of Derek Jeter is unfortunately very close to its end. This doesn't mean that there isn't much left for the New York Yankees shortstop to accomplish, though, as he surely wants to do these five things before calling it quits.
Jeter currently sits seventh in career hits in MLB history, although he is only seven hits behind Cap Anson and a rather unrealistic 86 hits behind Tris Speaker for fifth place. While rushing up the record books isn't the most important thing to Jeter, it surely won't hurt to finish sixth in MLB history in career hits, and this is set to happen sooner rather than later.
Jeter is set to visit Kauffman Stadium, Comerica Park, Rogers Centre, Camden Yards, Tropicana Field and Fenway Park for the last time ever over the next two months. These stops will surely enjoy plenty of Jeter cheers in places that don't normally provide them, a few teary eyes in the crowd and some great gifts from opposing teams.
Possibly most important of the stadiums that Jeter will say goodbye to is Yankee Stadium, and the shortstop's final regular season game in the Bronx will come against the Baltimore Orioles on Sept. 25. The Yankees and Jeter are surely hoping that there will be postseason games to come, but this final regular season game will surely provide scenery that will live on throughout history.
One of the main reasons that Jeter came back in 2014 was to show that he could play productively and consistently; and to date he has done just that, appearing in 100 games and batting .277 with a .330 OBP. The next two months are sure to be much more stressful for Jeter, and he won't be satisfied unless he continues to be healthy and productive. You can bet he also wants the Yankees to be successful and reach the playoffs.
While being healthy and productive is important, Derek Jeter values nothing more than winning, and he surely has no greater goal than winning a sixth career World Series in 2014. The Yankees are currently six games out of the AL East and one out of the second Wild Card spot, so the playoffs are within reach, and anything can happen once they get there.
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