In an era known for steroids and home run hitters, one man has worked his way into the hitting history books and was never questioned for doing PEDs. New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is tied with Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time hits list and is 84 hits away from fifth all-time. Everybody should be rooting for him to make the top five list.
Jeter has the most hits in Yankees franchise history and is the only player with 3,000 hits for the team. The franchise is known for having legends wear the pinstripes since Babe Ruth in the 1920s and before Jeter, the most hits by a Yankee was Lou Gehrig with 2,721. If Jeter were to climb into the top five, he would be a bright spot to represent an era that is marred by PED scandals.
The Captain was never brought up in the discussion for PEDs or for doing things the wrong way. As longtime face of the game during this tumultuous era, Jeter is known as a winner and a model of consistency.
Fans should root for him to end his career on a great note and remain healthy enough to accomplish the feat. With Jeter set to retire at the end of the season, the highest he will make it is fifth on the hits list. That makes way for someone in the next generation to possibly pass the legendary shortstop, and will make the feat even more meaningful when we remember Jeter for what he was.