In his final season in the big leagues, Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees continues to add to his incredible career resume. His most recent accomplishment came on Tuesday night, and it puts his name at the top of another list with one of the all-time great players in baseball history.
With a tip of the cap to the YES Network, here is the latest accomplishment for Jeter’s career accolades:
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) July 2, 2014
That means that the next time Jeter doubles he will stand alone as the franchise leader in two-baggers. That would be impressive for any franchise, but it truly stands alone as a career accomplishment when the franchise is the Yankees and when the player surpassed is Gehrig. As for the all-time doubles list, Jeter is now 34th in front of Gehrig and behind guys like Al Simmons and Dave Winfield. He will surely continue to climb up that list.
Through 71 games, many of them involving farewells, presentations, and gifts, Jeter has kept his offensive numbers solid: .273/.328/.329 with two home runs and 20 driven in. He will likely start the All-Star Game, and while that is more of a gesture to his career accomplishments than it is this particular season, he has at least played well enough that his inclusion will not be cringe-worthy or otherwise egregious.
Look at this way: when Jeter is doing things like breaking records held by Lou Gehrig, it’s hard to call it anything but fitting that he will continue to be recognized.
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