New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter climbed into fifth place on the all-time singles list with a fourth-inning base hit in Sunday's game against the Minnesota Twins, per Baseball-Reference.com. The single was No. 2,514 of Jeter's career, moving him past Willie Keeler (2,513) and into sole possession of fifth place.
Keeler, who played 19 major league seasons from 1892 to 1910 with four different teams, spent seven of his final eight campaigns with the Yankees. He finished his career with 2,932 hits and was posthumously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939. More than 100 years removed from his retirement, that mark of 2,932 is still good for 35th place on the all-time hits list.
Jeter stands at ninth on said list with an opportunity to move up a few spots before the end of 2014, his 20th and final MLB season. Jeter's 2,514 singles alone would qualify him for the top 100 on the all-time hits list.
With Keeler now below him on the singles list, Jeter now looks up to only Cap Anson (2,614), Eddie Collins (2,643), Ty Cobb (3,053) and Pete Rose (3,215).
With four notable exceptions, the top 25 players on the singles list are all in the Hall of Fame. Jeter and his teammate, Ichiro Suzuki, are still active, with Suzuki's 2,249 singles good for 20th place. Fellow shortstop Omar Vizquel is 16th on the list with 2,264 singles, but he retired in 2012 and is not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration. Lastly, Rose, the all-time singles leader, is still ineligible for the Hall due to his involvement with sports betting.
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