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Derek Jeter can still fly.
Speaking of achievement, how fun has Derek Jeter been to watch this season?
Jeter is the consummate Renaissance man.
Currently, the soon to be 38-year-old shortstop is hitting an astounding .390 with a league leading 46 hits. His OPS is 1.010. And with five home runs, 15 RBI and a .585 slugging percentage, Jeter is also on a bit of a power tear.
With 3,134 hits, Jeter has his sights set on passing San Diego Padres icon Tony Gwynn (3,141) for 17th place on the all-time big league hits chart. Barring injury, Jeter should also pass Robin Yount (3,142 hits), Paul Waner (3,152), George Brett (3,154) and Cal Ripken Jr. (3,184) this season to climb to 13th place.
Should Jeter stay healthy the next few years, he has a great shot to eventually pass Hank Aaron for third place on the all-time hits list (3,771). Just 638 hits shy, Jeter would have to average 212 hits over the next three years or roughly 160 hits over the next four years.
Recent polling suggests that roughly 77 percent of fans think Jeter will eventually break Aaron’s record. This alone feat alone is worth watching Jeter the next three to four years.
As a Jeter fan, I hope the baseball gods let this iconic shortstop remain healthy enough to achieve this grand feat.