Yankees' Derek Jeter Passes Luis Aparicio for 2nd Most Games Played at Shortstop

Chicago White Sox's Leury Garcia, right, steals second base as New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter tries to catch the ball during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMay 26, 2014

Per, the New York Yankees' Derek Jeter played in his 2,584th career game at shortstop Saturday, becoming the American League's all-time leader in games played at the position.

After eclipsing the AL record previously held by Luis Aparicio, Jeter now stands alone in second place on MLB's all-time list for games played at shortstop, trailing only Omar Vizquel, who logged 2,709 games at the position over 24 big-league seasons.

Aparico, like Jeter, spent his entire career in the American League. The Venezuelan Hall of Famer played the majority of his 18 seasons (1956-73) with the Chicago White Sox, but also spent time with the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox. Fittingly enough, Jeter broke Aparicio's record in a game against the White Sox on Saturday, and was then honored with a pre-game ceremony Sunday. 

As for Vizquel, the defensive wizard spent 20 of his 24 major league seasons (1989-12) playing for five different teams in the American League, and also enjoyed a four-year stint with the NL's San Francisco Giants from 2005 to 2008. Vizquel played 2,180 games at shortstop in the AL, plus another 529 in the NL.

Jeter holds the MLB record for most games played at one position without ever having played another position in the field, per Vizquel's career included appearances at third base (150), second base (76), first base (three) and in the outfield (two). Aparacio, like Jeter, never played any position besides shortstop.

The Yankee captain managed to play only 17 games during his injury-plagued 2013 campaign, and will thus fall short of Vizquel's record for games played at shortstop. Had Jeter stayed healthy in his penultimate season, he'd likely be closing in on Vizquel this summer.

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