It's official. Only five players in MLB history have accumulated more career hits than New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.
Jeter, who entered Saturday tied for sixth place on the all-time hit list with legendary Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner, took over sole possession with career hit No. 3,431 — an infield single against Cleveland Indians right-hander Cory Kluber.
Jeter actually tied Wagner with a somewhat controversial infield single in Friday's game, but Saturday's was unquestionably a hit.
The Captain has passed the Flying Dutchman and is now all alone in 6th on the all-time hits list. pic.twitter.com/rLVA4lj4yZ
— MLB (@MLB) August 9, 2014
Next in Jeter's sights would be Tris Speaker with 3,515 hits, but since we already know this is his final season, that would mean he'll need 85 hits in his final 47 games to pass him. That seems very unlikely, so this looks to be Jeter's final destination on one of baseball's most impressive lists.
1. Pete Rose, 4,256
2. Ty Cobb, 4,191
3. Hank Aaron, 3,771
4. Stan Musial, 3,630
5. Tris Speaker, 3,515
6. Derek Jeter, 3,431
7. Honus Wagner, 3,430
8. Carl Yastrzemski, 3,419
9. Paul Molitor, 3,319
10. Eddie Collins, 3,314
That's amazing company for an amazing player. Even Jeter, who usually keeps things even-keeled, admitted to being overwhelmed by his new place in history.
''I try not to think about it but today, Honus Wagner, he's the last one on the list that has played short at all - so that one hits home a little bit,'' Jeter said. ''But anytime you're passing guys that have had the careers that they've had, it's kind of overwhelming.''
Jeter's journey to that position began on May 30, 1995, when he singled against Tim Belcher in Seattle for his first career hit.
But he had no more memorable regular season hit than his historic 3,000th against David Price on July 9, 2011. No. 3,431 didn't have the same style or drama that we've grown accustomed to with Jeter milestones, but it somehow fit just fine. That may be because it was subdued and laid back, much like Jeter has been throughout most of his career. And it may be because it best symbolizes the player Jeter always has been, and that's a guy who doesn't care how he gets on base or helps his team, as long as he gets the job done.
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