Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter got a hit Saturday afternoon, to go along with his 3,430 previous ones, thus placing him sixth of all time in career hits.
Jeter’s 3431st hit puts him ahead of fellow shortstop Honus Wagner, thus rendering Jeter the all-time hits leaders among shortstops.
Actually, in 2009 Jeter became the all-time hits leader while playing the position of shortstop (as opposed to Wagner, who in a 20-year career played various other positions) – so now Jeter has fully surpassed Wagner – no footnote necessary.
Next on the list for Jeter to catch is Tris Speaker, who has 83 more hits than Jeter, at 3514. Like Wagner, Speaker played baseball over 100 years ago. Though 83 hits seems like an easy hurdle for Jeter to leap over, there isn’t much time. There are 47 games left this season, and Jeter has announced he is retiring.
Jeter says he’s not too worried about not catching Speaker. Being the all-time hits leader among shortstops, and 6th among hitters overall, along with an illustrious Hall-of-Fame-bound career certainly seems rewarding enough.
The all-time hits leaders ahead of Speaker are Stan Musial in 4th place with 3630, Hank Aaron in 3rd with 3771, Ty Cobb in 2nd with 4191, and Pete Rose in 1st, with 4,256.