The New York Yankees are arguably the most popular and most successful franchise in the MLB today. With big-names like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson and Joe DiMaggio coming through the New York Yankees organization through the history of the storied MLB franchise, there is an enormous amount of pressure on any player willing to put on the pinstripes, but despite most players never being able to live up to these legends in the Big Apple, one player has stood the test of time and is on the verge of doing something that none of the before mentioned names have ever done.
That player is superstar shortstop and five-time World Series champion Derek Jeter. Even though a lot people believe that Jeter is nearing the end of his career and will never be the same dominant force he once was with the Yankees, the perennial All-Star is now just two hits shy of reaching 3,000 for his career.
Despite the fact that 27 other players in MLB history have done it before him, Derek Jeter’s accomplishment of 3,000 hits will be a first in New York Yankees’ history. Even though there have been plenty of great hitters before him like DiMaggio, Jeter will be the first player to play for the Yankees that has reached this milestone.
So along with the five championship rings, the distinction as one of the best shortstops to ever play the game, Derek Jeter could quite possibly go down as the best hitter in New York Yankees history. That is impressive to say the least, but the perennial All-Star is still two hits shy of the historic milestone.
With just a few short days left before the All-Star break, Derek Jeter will have a few more chances of getting to 3,000 in the Big Apple opposed to in another ballpark.
- Derek Jeter goes into 3000 hit club with home run against Tampa Bay Rays
- 2010 ALCS Game 5 – Texas Rangers @ New York Yankees October 20, 2010 4:19 p.m. ET
- A-Rod Hit by Pitch Causing 600th Home Run to be Put on Hold
- 2010 ALCS Preview – New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers October 15, 2010 8:07 p.m. ET
- Game 2 of ALCS – New York Yankees @ Texas Rangers October 16, 2010 4:07 p.m. ET
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