Jeter passed Luis Aparicio for most hits by a shortstop on Sunday when he fought off a pitch on his hands from Seattle rookie Doug Fister and sent it down the right-field line for an RBI double in the third inning of New York’s 10-3 loss to the Mariners. His 2,674th hit as a shortstop came two innings after he had singled leading off the game.
I am quite surprised that the Yankees did not make a bigger deal of this as Jeter chased the record. It seems like it just came up a few games ago, and there was little fanfare from the front office when he passed Aparicio. Derek Jeter now has more hits than any SS in the long history in baseball, and this is the first step in what is sure to be a string of records and accolades notched by Derek as he heads into the twilight of his career.
In recent years, Jeter has actually become a bit underrated, with “fans” such as Mike Francesa calling him a borderline HOF’er if he did not have the championships. Records like this one will hopefully begin to educate the public about how good Derek has been. He is one of the top 10 SS of all time right now, and he does not seem to be close to done playing at a high level. He is one of the greatest to ever play his position, and is a surefire Hall of Famer.
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