Another game, another milestone moment for Yankee legend Derek Jeter. Last night, Jeter’s single in the seventh inning moved him into seventh place on the all time hit list with 3,420 hits.
Jeter wasted no time moving further up the list. He collected three hits last night off of Rangers ace Yu Darvish in a 4-2 loss in Texas.
So the current top ten list now looks like this:
Pete Rose – 4,256
Ty Cobb – 4,189-4,191
Hank Aaron – 3,771
Stan Musial – 3,630
Tris Speaker – 3,514
Cap Anson – 3,435?
Honus Wagner – 3,420-3,430
Derek Jeter – 3,420
Carl Yastrzemski – 3,419
Paul Molitor – 3,319
So why the discrepancies on some of these? According to baseball-reference.com, Jeter has already tied Honus Wagner for seventh all time. In the Elias Sports Bureau’s list, Cap Anson doesn’t appear at all, and Wagner is still ten hits in front of Jeter. That is largely due to the fact that records were not kept very well in those days. Most of Anson’s hits came against teams that were not considered part of the major leagues. Heck, they can’t even agree on the actual number for Ty Cobb.
MLB.com uses the numbers of Elias as the official ones, so Jeter is ten behind Honus Wagner for sixth all time.
That said, he should still catch Cap Anson later this summer, which would make him sixth on the all time hit list no matter what list you are looking at.
The Yankees still have two more games in Texas before they head to Boston for a three game set over the weekend. It would take some kind of hot streak for him to pass Wagner in Boston.
Next week’s four game set against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium looks like a much safer bet, and a fitting setting for putting him into sixth place.
Maybe he will even do it on Tuesday, which is Derek Jeter Key Ring day!