DJ3K — 10 Sparklers on 3,000 Hits

SportsLiferCorrespondent IIJuly 9, 2011

DSCN2510 Clutching a home run ball from Derek Jeter, the SportsLifer stands behind home plate at Yankee Stadium. No it wasn’t Jeter’s 3,000th hit, but a BP home run two years ago.

Derek Jeter is just the second player in history to make his 3,000th hit a home run. Lucky man caught the ball in the left field seats at Yankee Stadium, reminds me of another catch at another time….but that’s another story.

3,000 hits is a lot of hits. Do the math, it’s 200 hits a year for 15 years.

Wanna know more about the Captain Jeter and the 3,000 hit club (let’s call in 3KC)? Here’s 10 facts that should astound you:

1. Jeter is the first New York Yankee to reach 3,000 hits, and the first player in history to get his 3,000th hit at Yankee Stadium, old or new.

2. Jeter becomes the first player to go 5-for-5 in the game in which he got his 3.000th hit. Craig Biggio, the last man to join the 3KC before Jeter, went 5-for-6 in 2007.

3. The only other player to reach 3,000 hits with a home run was Wade Boggs, Jeter’s teammate on the 1996 championship team. Boggs hit the milestone homer for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1999.

4. Jeter is the first shortstop to reach 3K since Honus Wagner of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1914.

6. Other members of the 3KC who played for the Yankees are Paul Waner, Dave Winfield, Wade Boggs and Rickey Henderson.

7. Captain Jeter is the fourth youngest player to reach the 3KC, behind Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron and Robin Yount.

8. Jeter got to 3,000 hits 13 days quicker than Pete Rose, the all-time hit leader with 4,256.

9. Having passed Roberto Clemente at 3,000 hits, Jeter is currently 27th on the all-time list. If he remains relatively healthy the rest of the year, he should pass seven players ahead of him — Al Kaline (3,007), Wade Boggs (3,010), Rafael Palmeiro (3,020), Lou Brock (3,023), Rod Carew (3,053), Rickey Henderson (3,055) and Craig Biggio (there’s that man again, 3,060). That would place him 20th on the all-time list, with two years (and a player option for a third) left on his current contract.

10. Jeter got the first hit of his career against Tim Belcher of the Seattle Mariners on May 30, 1995. Who knew then he was on his way to Cooperstown.

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