New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter racked up his 3,184th career hit Thursday night, a single which moved the 12-time All-Star into 13th place on Major League Baseball’s all-time hits list.
Jeter, 38, reached the milestone with a shot up the middle in the seventh inning of the Yankees 4-3 loss to the White Sox. The hit ties Derek with his childhood idol, Hall of Famer, Cal Ripken Jr.
“Obviously what he represents, what he has represented to the game, being a shortstop, he was someone I have always admired,” Jeter said of Ripken, when asked his feelings on passing baseball’s iron man on the all-time hits list, “but at this moment it’s not something I am thinking about.”
Derek Jeter is currently 68 hits behind Nap Lajoie who is 12th on the list. Rant Sports points out that as long as the 5-time World Series Champion stays healthy there is no question he will be able to surpass Lajoie to be ranked 11th on the list before the season is over.
Cal Ripken agrees and not only expects Jeter to pass Lajoie, but thinks the Yankee captain has a shot at Pete Rose’s record of 4,256.
“Jeter shows no signs of slowing down right now,” Ripken said on his Sirius/XM Show earlier this month. “So it’s easy to kind of look at him and say, ‘Okay, project a few more years, he’s going to be pushing 4,000 hits.’ So he might have Pete Rose in his sights before it is all said and done.”
Jeter, who just recently celebrated his birthday on June 26 currently has 96 hits in 73 games this season. He has played every one of his 18 seasons as a Major-leaguer with the New York Yankees.