Jeter Roadmap Leads to 3,500 Hits

SportsLifer@sportsliferCorrespondent IIJuly 17, 2011

With his next hit, Derek Jeter will pass Al Kaline for 26th place on the all-time hit list.

DJ will be passing plenty more signposts in the 3,000 hit club over the course of this season and the ensuring years. Wade Boggs is next on the list with 3,010.

In fact, if DJ stays healthy and plays out his current contract with the Yankees (two years left after this season with a player option for a third year), there’s a good chance he’ll wind up with 3,500 hits.

That’s rarefied air. Only five players — Pete Rose (4,256), Ty Cobb (4,189), Hank Aaron (3,771), Stan Musial (3,630), and Tris Speaker (3,514) — have more.

Do the math. With 3,007 hits and 90 games remaining, Jeter should compile the 50 plus hits it would need to pass Craig Biggio, currently 20th on the hit list with 3,060, by the end of the year.

And if Jeter averages 150 hits a season for the next three years, that would put him past 3,500.

Jeter has averaged nearly 195 hits for his 15 full seasons in the majors. He’s slowing down, but 150 hits a year is a reasonable assumption.

Heck, just two years ago Jeter had 212 hits, the second highest total of his career.

He’s had 200 hits in a season seven times, one of only nine players to accomplish that feat. (Rose and Ichiro Suzuki share the record with 10 apiece.)

Even last year, admittedly an off season by Jeterian standards, he still managed 179 hits.