Derek Jeter entered Monday night's New York Yankees game two hits behind Carl Yastrzemski for seventh place on baseball's all-time hit list. In other words, it was a good time for Jeter to crank out three hits and get his ascension over with.
Jeter did just that — singling to left field in the first, hitting a ground-rule double to right in the third to tie Yaz, then passing him in the most Jeter way possible, with an opposite-field single in the seventh inning. That totaled 3,420 to Yaz's 3,419.
"It's quite an accomplishment," Jeter said. "It's tough to enjoy it when we lost the game, but I'm pretty sure when this season's over and done with, I'll look back and get a chance to realize how special it is. Any time you talk about a list of all-time great players, it's pretty special."
Unless something catastrophic or amazing happens to Jeter, he'll finish his career at sixth on baseball's all-time hit list. Honus Wagner is sixth right now with 3,430 hits (there's some dispute historically, but that's the number MLB recognizes). That's perfectly reachable, perhaps even by the end of next week.
Tris Speaker is fifth all-time with 3,515, and it would take quite a tear for Jeter to pound out 95 more hits in the Yankees' final 69 games of the season. He's at 104 hits so far through 93 games.
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