With two hits against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter took sole possession of eighth on baseball’s all-time hit list, passing Hall of Famer Paul Molitor. [Source: ESPN.com]
Jeter, who is in the midst of his final season with the Yankees, tied Molitor in the third inning with a single to right, and then passed him with a ground ball that scooted up the right field line and out of the reach of Jays’ first baseman Edward Encarnacion.
The 40-year-old Jeter in his 20th season as a Yankee, is 99 hits behind the next player on the list, Boston Red Sox legend, Carl Yastrzemski (3,419) and 110 behind the great Honus Wagner.
Should Jeter pass those two names this season, it would put him in company with Tris Speaker, Stan Musial, Hank Aaron, Ty Cobb and Pete Rose as the best hitters in the history of the game.
Not a bad list of which to be included.