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Derek Jeter Passes Ken Griffey, Jr. for Most Hits Among Active Players

NEW YORK - APRIL 30:  Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees reacts after just missing a fair ball during his seventh inning at bat against the Chicago White Sox on April 30, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Perry ArnoldSenior Analyst IMay 1, 2010

Please read this carefully.

Take your time to understand the import of what you are about to read.

For if the following hits you as it hit me when I first read it, you will be amazed.

As reported in the New York Post today, last night Derek Jeter passed Ken Griffey, Jr. as the active player with most hits in his career.

But the incredible part, the part you have to read carefully is the other part of the Post report.

When Derek Jeter made his major league debut in 1995 it was against the Seattle Mariners, for whom Griffey played at the time. At the time Griffey was on the disabled list.

But the day Jeter debuted Griffey already had 998 hits. NINE HUNDRED AND NINETY-EIGHT.

Which means that since that day, Jeter has 1,000 hits more than Griffey.

Read it again. Jeter has ONE THOUSAND more hits than Griffey since Jeter began his major league career.

It goes without saying that Griffey has lost a lot of time on the disabled list with various injuries. Jeter has had a few short stints on the DL, but nothing like Griffey.

Since 1995 Jeter has played in 2,159 games and collected 2,778 hits.

During that same time Griffey has played in 1,783 games, so Jeter has 376 more games than Griffey over that time.

Parenthetically, it must also be said that Jeter has five World Series rings and Griffey has none.

But the fact that during that time that Jeter has 1,000 more hits than Griffey defies logic.

Jeter will join Griffey in the Hall of Fame someday. But Jeter has far surpassed Griffey in what he has accomplished and what he has meant to the game.

It is of course unclear what remains for Jeter in his career.

Alex Rodriguez was quoted as saying he believes Jeter is improving rather than slowing down.

White Sox manager, Ozzie Guillen, called Jeter "God" and said that he is the No. 1 player and has been for a long time.

No other player can be compared to Jeter. It is hard to imagine another player in our lifetimes who will have the impact Jeter has had.

But this one statistic, to realize that Jeter has 1,000 more hits than Griffey since Jeter began to play, defies understanding.

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