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.
While most ballplayers don’t have a single signature moment, Derek Jeter has a career full of them.
The Yankee captain even has a signature play — the Jeter jump throw from deep shortstop — which he’s performed dozens and dozens of times throughout his 17-year career.
Here are 10 signature moments that define Derek Jeter.
1. 1996 — The shortstop comes through in the clutch in his rookie season. His two-out, bases loaded single up the middle delivers the winning run in the 10th inning of a 12-11 Yankee victory over the Red Sox.
2. 1996 — In the game that made Jeffrey Maier famous, Jeter’s eighth-inning home run ties to the score and the Yankees go on to beat the Orioles, 5-4, in Game One of the ALCS.
3. 2000 — Jeter leads off Game 4 of the Subway Series with a first-pitch home run to spark a 3-2 win, then hits another homer in Game 5 to earn the World Series MVP.
4. 2001 — The Flip: From out of nowhere. Jeter catches an errant throw and flips to ball to catcher Jorge Posada to nip Jeremy Giambi at home and preserve a 1-0 Yankee win at Oakland that turned the ALDS.
5. 2001 — With the score tied in the 10th inning, Jeter hits a walk-off home run in Game 4 of the World Series to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-3, and earn a new nickname — Mr. November.
6. 2004 — Jeter catches a pop fly against Boston and dives into the Yankee Stadium stands. He comes out bruised and bloody, but the Yankees come out a winner in 13 innings.
7. 2005 — With the Red Sox coming off their first World Championship in 86 years, Jeter hits a walk-off home run to beat Boston and closer Keith Foulke, 4-3. in the second game of the season.
8. 2005 — Jeter hits the first — and thus far only — grand slam of his career against the Chicago Cubs in the Bronx, sparking the Yankees to an 8-1 victory.
9. 2009 — Captain Jeter passes Captain Gehrig with a third-inning single to right and becomes the all-time hit leader for the Yankees with 2,722 hits.
10. 2010 — Jeter joins the exclusive 3,000 hit club with a home run, and caps a 5-for-5 day with a game-winning single in the eighth as the Yankees beat Tampa Bay, 5-4.