Saturday, July 9, 2011

The 3,000 Hit Club Welcomes Derek Jeter

Today Derek Jeter finally reached the 3,000 hit milestone in style as he hit a home run in the third inning of the Yankees game against Tampa Bay.  Wade Boggs is the only other member of that iconic hitting club to hit a home run for that 3,000th hit.

The Yankees Captain becomes the 28th member of this illustrious group of players that include Pete Rose, Hank Aaron, Ty Cobb, George Brett, and Paul Molitor.

Over the remaining time of his playing career, we will get to hear about some of the greatest hitters in baseball history as Jeter surpasses them in the record books.  Where he will end up in history depends on if he is able to maintain a level of proficiency that he and the Yankees expect.

The vast majority of the members of the 3,000 Hit Club were at the end of their careers, with their 3,000 hit either coming in their last or second to last season.  Jeter's career is definitely on the downswing, but he recently signed a 3-year contract with the Yankees that lasts through the 2013 season with an option for another year.

However, there is no doubt that he is a future Hall-of-Fame player, and will go down as one of the greatest hitters of all-time.


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