Sunday, September 4, 2011

Update On Derek Jeter's March Through MLB's Record Books

Derek Jeter continues his amazing hitting following the breaking of the 3,000 hit barrier July 9th.  Tonight, Jeter tied a career high for five RBIs in one game.  Given that there's only 24 games left in the regular season, I wanted to take another look at where the New York Yankees shortstop stands in history right now.

All-Time Hits Leaders

  • #19 - Dave Winfield (3,110 hits)
  • #20 - Jeter (3,064)
  • #21 - Craig Biggio (3,060)
  • #22 - Ricky Henderson (3,055)
Jeter has a chance to bypass Winfield before the end of the season, but if he doesn't then he will in the first few weeks of the 2012 season.  After Winfield, come MLB greats such as Tony Gwynn, Robin Yount, and George Brett.

Remember how Jeter struggled through the first few months of this season? At the time he broke 3,000 hits, this is how he was doing for the year:

  • .256 Average
  • .321 OBP (on-base percentage)
  • .329 Slugging percentage
Now, a few months later, Jeter's stats for the 2011 season are:

  • .297 average
  • .355 OBP
  • .383 slugging percentage 
This is tremendous improvement for the Yankees Captain, and certainly indicates that he's not in the twilight of his career.  His contract extends into the next two seasons, and Jeter certainly looks like he could continue playing at a good level.

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