It’s no big mystery that the New York Yankees are one of the oldest and most storied franchises in all of professional sports. Over the years, there have been numerous names synonymous with Yankees baseball. After a lull in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Derek Jeter made his mark with the team and has become one of the most famous players to wear the navy blue pinstripes and now, after 16 seasons with the Yankees, he looks to become the 28th player in MLB history to reach 3,000 hits.
Jeter has done it all since playing in his first big league game with New York in 1995. He has won five World Series Championships, which earned him the nickname Mr. November, he’s an 11 time all-star and is even the Yankees’ all-time hits leader. Hell, the guy even guest-starred on an episode of Seinfeld, where George Costanza gives him batting tips. Years later, we all enjoy the irony.
Now, the pressure is on Jeter to reach 3,000 hits, becoming the only Yankee to ever accomplish the feat. Typically the frenzy surrounding a player close to 3,000 is simply because they are at the tail end of their career, but although he is not in his prime, he still has three good years left in him.
Jeter is just six hits shy of the milestone and admits it has been on his mind recently.
“I'd be lying to you if I told you I haven't been thinking about it,” he said Sunday.
The 36-year-old has had multiple hits in five of his last eight games and has raised his average 28 points during that stretch. If Jeter continues his pace, he is likely to hit the mark during a home series with the Texas Rangers June 14-16 but if he has a dry spell it could come during the next series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Jeter is under contract with the Yankees for two more years, three more if he plays in an option year, which means he could be at over 3,500 before he makes his way to Cooperstown – a level only five plays in history have ever reached.