Derek Jeter has certainly had his fair share of the spot light of late. As we head into the final few games prior to the Allstar Break though, all eyes will be focused on one thing– that elusive 3,000th hit. Chances are, the big hit will happen this coming Friday or Saturday. And as we get closer to the big moment, most fans’ sentiments — including cynics such as myself – will presumably shift to happiness (regardless of the game’s current status or our current perceptions of Derek’s ability) each time he’s up at bat.
Needless to say, it’s going to be a truly awesome moment for Derek, his friends, family, teammates, the Yankees organization, and of course Major League Baseball; but, it’ll also be a great moment for all of the devoted Yankee fans who have watched him develop as a player before their own very eyes. Given the hit-counter is currently resting at 2,997, I figured I’d spend a few minutes today reflecting upon the upcoming feat.
For the Captain, I can only imagine that this milestone will be representative of years of hard work and consistent dedication to his craft. For Jeter, the milestone may also reaffirm (at least in his mind) his overall contributions to the only organization he’s ever really known. Regardless, the entire baseball community will be watching with unabated breath as one of Baseball’s all time generational icons seals his place within the record books. At it currently stands, there are only 27 individuals with more hits than Jeter, and none of them are active.
Personally, I’m delighted for Derek. I realize some may read the former sentence with a raised brow as I’ve been fairly critical in my assessment of Jeter’s production over these past few seasons. However, I can definitely appreciate a career filled with success and also highlighted by longevity. It takes a very gifted athlete with a particular skill to get a milestone such as this. Similarly, it’s always special to witness a generational icon (who also happens to be the face of the franchise I cheer on) get the recognition he has rightfully earned.
Despite Jeter’s noticeable declining production in 2010 and thus far in 2011, his current hit pace should still be more than sufficient when it comes to surpassing some serious Hall of Famers in the very near future. Specifically, players within 200 hits of Jeter (at this juncture) include Roberto Clemente (who actually died in a tragic accident shortly after achieving his 3,000th career hit), Al Kaline, Wade Boggs (who was the only one to earn his 3,000th via the longball), Rafael Palmeiro, Lou Brock, Rod Carew, Rickey Henderson, Craig Biggio, Dave Winfield, Tony Gwynn, Robin Yount, Paul Waner, George Brett, and the “Iron Man” himself, Cal Ripken.
Consider this; even in 2010, a season marred by career lows, Jeter still managed to accumulate 179 hits on the season (his career average is 206 hits per season). This year, he has 71 hits thus far. If he accumulates approximately 70 or so more this year, and can hover somewhere between the 140-150 hit mark for the next couple of seasons — a range realistically attainable even if once he’s dropped in the batting order — there’s really no reason to believe he couldn’t potentially crack the top ten list of all time hit leaders.
By that point, he’d be surpassing names such as Eddie Collins, Paul Molitor, or even Boston-legend Carl Yastrzemski. While I really can’t envision a scenario occurring anytime in the near future where Ty Cobb or Pete Rose have to look over their shoulder, it’s still a remarkable milestone nevertheless. On a side note, it’s also pretty wild to imagine that within the next several seasons, another contender (a fellow Yankee no less) could ultimately challenge Derek for his spot on the list. Of course, that individual is Alex Rodriguez, and there will be several records which he’ll be vying for.
Anyway, feel free to jot down your own thoughts in the thread. Will this be a memorable occasion for you as a fan?
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