Officially named as the American League's starting shortstop for the All-Star Game while he was playing in Sunday's contest, Jeter turned in a vintage performance that included two RBI and a run. He entered the game with 3,997 career hits, poised to reach 3,400 well before the All-Star break.
Though he previously had just three games with three or more hits this season, Jeter reached the milestone mark faster than expected while also sparking the Yankees to a high-scoring victory. He singled in the first inning and came around to score on a Brian McCann double, then gave the Yanks a 3-0 lead with a sacrifice fly in the top of the second.
Already off to a fast start, Jeter added an RBI single in the fourth before grounding into an inning-ending double play in the sixth for his only unsuccessful plate appearance of the night. Not to be denied, the future Hall of Famer recorded hit No. 3,400 in the top of the ninth inning, slapping a single into left field to lead off the frame. He was ultimately stranded at first base, but the Yankees still managed to hold on for a 9-7 victory after leading 9-0 early in the game.
With the exception of Jeter and all-time hits leader Pete Rose, all of the players with 3,400 career hits have a plaque in the Hall of Fame. Ty Cobb (4,191), who is one of two members in the 4,000-hit club, is followed on the all-time hits list by Hank Aaron (3,771), Stan Musial (3,630), Tris Speaker (3,515), Honus Wagner (3,430) and Carl Yastrzemski (3,419).
Barring a significant injury, Jeter will pass both Yastrzemski and Wagner before the end of his final season, leaving him sixth on the all-time list. Fifth place, however, is out of reach, as Tris Speaker sits 115 hits ahead of Jeter with just 75 games remaining on the Yankees' schedule.
All stats courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise noted.
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