Yankees' Derek Jeter Approaching Top-10 on All-Time Runs Scored List

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMay 21, 2014

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) waits his turn in the batting cage before playing in a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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Entering Thursday's matchup with the Chicago White Sox, Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees is just one run away from entering the all-time top-10 list in runs scored, per MLB.com.

Jeter is currently one run away from Lou Gehrig, who crossed home plate safely 1,888 times in his career. The next step to climb would be surpassing teammate Alex Rodriguez, who has scored 1,919 times over 20 MLB seasons. Just 31 runs away, Jeter could conceivably pass his teammate Rodriguez—who is serving a season-long suspension due to his involvement with the Biogenesis clinic—during his final MLB season. 

Besides Rodriguez, Barry Bonds (third) and Pete Rose (sixth), every player in the top 10 of the runs list currently resides in the MLB Hall of Fame. Ricky Henderson sits atop this chart with 2,295 runs scored, a number that was surely aided by his 1,406 career steals, which give him the all-time lead in that category by a sizable margin. 

Jeter has enjoyed an illustrious career with the Yankees, and batting second in the order—in front of a vast array of notable power hitters—has surely helped him rack up the run totals. The Captain scored the most runs of his career (134) in 1999, a year in which he also racked up his personal-best hit total (219) and earned his second of 13 career All-Star selections. Over 20 MLB seasons, Jeter has averaged a whopping 116 runs per 162 games, according to Baseball Reference.