As the days count down toward the end of Derek Jeter's career in the major leagues, he continues to tick off career milestones. Jeter on Tuesday night broke a 79-year-old record held by Lou Gehrig, putting himself at the top the New York Yankees' all-time doubles list. Among all major leaguers, Jeter is 36th all-time in doubles, and could crack the top 30 before the end.
Jeter had gone 16 games without getting an extra-base hit before putting the Yankees in position to break a scoreless tie with the Texas Rangers by knocking a double to left field against left-hander Neal Cotts in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Yankees didn't score Jeter, and didn't win until the 14th on a single by newcomer Chase Headley.
Gehrig broke Babe Ruth's record of 424 on Sept. 8, 1935. Who else is among the top 10 of Bronx doublers?
Mickey Mantle only ninth — interesting! And Bernie Williams is third. Neat how Don Mattingly needed only 1,785 games to post 424 doubles. Jeter probably would be breaking Mattingly's team record if Mattingly's back would have cooperated.
A-Rod is next among active Yankees players, 24th all-time, with 234 doubles. Mark Teixeira has 140 doubles, but with his injury history and age, he wouldn't seem to be a prime candidate to challenge Jeter.
Jeter is going to have this record for a long time.
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