New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter tops my personal list of toughest players in Major League Baseball today.
Jeter, currently in his 16th season in the majors, holds a career batting average of .316 with 2,827 hits, 452 doubles, and 232 home runs.
In addition (outside of his rookie campaign when he appeared in 15 games for New York in 1995 as a 21-year-old), Jeter has played in well over 100 games every season in the majors, with his all-time low for games played coming in 2003 when he appeared in 119 games for the Yankees.
And beyond his 1995 rookie year and 119-game season in 2003, the shortstop has had nearly 150 appearances every year, with the only two seasons barely hitting that mark coming in 1998 (149) and 2000 (148).
That makes 11 seasons (and counting) of 150-plus games played per year.
Absolutely amazing in my opinion, and by far a reason for being No. 1 on the toughest baseball players currently in the game today.
Through 63 games with the Yankees in 2010, Jeter is batting .290 with 14 doubles, eight home runs, and a triple.
Another player with a no-doubter future of being inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame, Jeter has spent all 16 years in the majors as a member of the Yankees; and barring any unforeseen incidents, I believe Jeter will retire in New York as well.
But the 36-year-old, 10-time All-Star has plenty of baseball left in him.
And that’s just one reason of many as to why he’s currently No. 1 on the top 10 list of toughest players in Major League Baseball.
The funny and amazing thing is that I’m a die-hard Houston Astros fan, and my all-time bests list includes three Yankees and a pair of Red Sox.
Truth be told, though, the aforementioned guys all deserve a spot on this list.
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