Tag:Derek Jeter
Posted on: July 9, 2011 3:51 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2011 4:09 pm

Will A-Rod be the next to 3,000?

Alex RodriguezBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Derek Jeter was the first player to record his 3,000th hit in a Yankee uniform, but he may have company soon.

Of the active players close to 3,000, his teammate Alex Rodriguez may be the next to reach the mark. Rodriguez has 2,762 career hits, trailing only Jeter (3,002), Ivan Rodriguez (2,842) of the Nationals and Omar Vizquel (2,831) of the White Sox among active players on the all-time hit list.

After Alex Rodriguez, former Yankee and current Ray Johnny Damon (2,663), the Braves' Chipper Jones (2,565) and the Orioles' Vladimir Guerrero (2,513) are the closest to 3,000.

Alex Rodriguez seems to be the best bet to get to 3,000 first, even though he's currently injured. The other two players are older (A-Rod is 35, while Ivan Rodriguez is 39 and Vizquel is 44) and no longer every day players.

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Posted on: July 9, 2011 3:19 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2011 4:14 pm

Fan gives back Jeter's 3,000 hit ball

Derek Jeter

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Christian LopezAs Derek Jeter moved toward 3,000 hits, there were estimates that in the case of a home run for his milestone hit, the ball could be worth as much as $250,000.

Christian Lopez, 23, won't be getting cash when he turned in the ball without asking for anything in return. However, he's not going home empty handed. Lopez will get four suite tickets for every game for the rest of the season, signed bats and balls and front-row seats for tomorrow's game, YES Network reported on their telecast of the game.

"It's amazing," Lopez told the New York Daily News. "I just picked it up off the floor." 

Lopez's girlfriend, Tara Johnson, bought the tickets for Lopez for his birthday. Johnson and Lopez were joined by Lopez's father for the game. 

When Lopez was interviewed on the Yankee scoreboard during the game, he said he didn't want anything in return other than to meet Jeter.

"There's nothing I really want," Lopez said. "I got to see history in the making."

Watch Jeter's 3,000th hit here. 

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Posted on: July 9, 2011 2:49 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2011 3:41 pm

Jeter second to enter 3,000 club with a home run

Derek Jeter

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Derek Jeter became the 28th member of the 3,000 hit club and the fourth-youngest. He also became just the second player in history to hit a home run for his 3,000th hit, joining Wade Boggs.

Watch Jeter's 3,000th hit here. 

While Jeter's never been considered a slugger, the home run was the 237th home run of his career. Boggs' 3,000th hit was his 118th and final home run of his career. Boggs told the St. Petersburg Times that he wasn't surprised that Jeter hit a homer for his 3,000th hit.

"I pretty much expected it," Boggs told the newspaper. "Because he's Derek Jeter."

Boggs added he didn't expect a routine grounder up the middle: "That's not New York style. You've got to do it with flare."

Boggs was Jeter's teammate with the Yankees in 1995 when Jeter recorded his first hit and played with him until 1997. With four hits on Saturday, Jeter stands at 3,002 for his career, eight behind Boggs' mark of 3,010.

It's no surprise that 17 of the 28 members of the 3,000 hit club did it on a single, but Paul Molitor's triple is now even more rare than homers for Jeter and Boggs to reach the milestone. Molitor is the only player in history to triple for his 3,000th hit.

Wade BoggsHome run

Wade Boggs
Derek Jeter

Paul Molitor

Stan Musial
Honus Wagner
Nap Lajoie
Rickey Henderson
Rafael Palmeiro
Al Kaline
Roberto Clemente

Pete Rose
Ty Cobb
Hank Aaron
Tris Speaker
Carl Yastrzemski
Eddie Collins
Willie Mays
Eddie Murray
Cal Ripken Jr.
George Brett
Paul Waner
Robin Yount
Tony Gwynn
Dave Winfield
Craig Biggio
Rod Carew
Lou Brock

It should be noted that nobody is quite sure when Cap Anson got his 3,000th hit because in the 1887 season, walks counted as hits. He also played five seasons in the National Association which is sometimes counted as a "major league," but sometimes it's not. According to MLB.com, Anson has 3,418 hits, while Baseball-Reference.com gives him 3,435 -- both count his time in the National Association and don't count his 1887 walks. The two differ on his total in 1889. Meanwhile, the Hall of Fame doesn't count his time in the National Association, but does count his walks in 1887 for a total of 3,081.

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Posted on: July 9, 2011 2:08 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2011 5:29 pm

Jeter gets hit No. 3,000

Derek Jeter

By Evan Brunell

The Jeter Watch comes to an end as the longtime Yankees shortstop rifled a home run on a full count from David Price into left field for his 3,000th hit, just the second time anyone has ever hit a homer for the milestone that only 27 other players have reached. But Jeter didn't just settle for 3,000, a five-hit day propelled him to 3,003 for his career.

"Hitting a home run was the last thing I was thinking about," Jeter said. "Something I will remember for the rest of my life."

More importantly, his fifth hit was an RBI single to give the Yankees a 5-4 lead in the eighth inning over the Rays. Mariano Rivera, who made his debut with the Yankees in the same year as Jeter, picked up his 22nd save to give the Yankees the victory on what was Jeter's day in every sense of the word.

In the third inning, Jeter fought Price to a full count in the bottom of the third with one out by looking at a fastball low for a ball, then seeing an outside strike on a breaking ball called. Another low fastball for a ball followed before he rifled a breaking pitch foul. Yet again, he passed on a low fastball for a ball then rifled two straight foul balls before driving the next pitch into the bleachers to become the first Yankee ever to reach the coveted milestone. You can see the pitch breakdown in the graphic on the right, courtesy MLB.com's GameDay, with No. 8 signifying the home run.

Watch Jeter's 3,000th hit here. 

Strike zoneOther than Jeter, only Wade Boggs of the Rays has hit a home run for his 3,000th hit, and Jeter is the 11th player to earn all 3,000 with the same club.

 "Congratulations, first of all, to Derek Jeter on joining the 3,000 hit club. It is an exclusive honor, achieved by only a select group, that not many people can call their own. It is a monumental achievement," Boggs said in a statement. "I had the opportunity to play with Derek when he was a rookie in 1996, and I had no doubts that Derek would reach this milestone. He is a very consistent player and he never deviated from his game."

As Jeter headed to first, Casey Kotchman tipped his cap upon rounding first base in a classy gesture. The Rays, who had voted not to play a split double-header today in what some felt was a gambit to avoid Jeter getting 3,000 against the team, applauded on both the field and bench -- including Jeter's former teammate in Johnny Damon -- as the Yankees spent several minutes congratulating Jeter, with Jorge Posada, a longtime close friend, embracing him with a bear hug.

 "It was tremendous," Jeter's father, Charles, told YES. "I can't describe how I was feeling. ... Very emotional for me, very happy for him."

No. 2,999 had come in the first inning, with a groundball single to lead off the game. Prior to Jeter's homer, Brett Gardner just narrowly missed a safe call at first on his own groundout, and Mark Teixeira followed Jeter with a groundball into left field. It is currently tied 1-1, as Tampa Bay's Matt Joyce hit a home run in the second.

Jeter led off the fifth with a double and singled in the sixth before recording his fifth hit in the eighth. It was his third career five-hit game and first since June 21, 2005. He became the second player to have five hits in the same game that he recorded his 3,000th career hit, joining Craig Biggio who had five hits when he joined the club in 2007.

Jeter's milestone hits
Hit Date Details Pitcher
No. 1 May 30, 1995 Single at Mariners Tim Belcher
No. 1,000 September 25, 2000 Single vs. Tigers Steve Sparks
No. 2,000 May 26, 2006 Single vs. Royals Scott Elarton
No. 2,722 September 11, 2009 Single vs. Orioles Chris Tillman
No. 3,000 July 9, 2011 Home run vs. Rays David Price

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Posted on: July 9, 2011 1:30 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2011 2:16 pm

Jeter Watch: One more to go

Derek Jeter

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Derek Jeter may make the hand-wringing over the nixed Yankees-Rays doubleheader unnecessary as he singled in the first inning of Saturday afternoon's game against the Rays, leaving him just one hit shy of 3,000 for his career.

Leading off the bottom of the first, Jeter grounded David Price's 95 mph fastball on a 3-2 count into left for a single and the 2,999th hit of his career.

After Curtis Granderson popped up to shortstop, Mark Teixeira grounded into a double play to end the first inning.

It was Jeter's seventh hit in 26 at-bats against Price in his career, raising his career average against the Rays' left-hander to .269.

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Posted on: July 8, 2011 4:20 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 6:19 pm

Jeter, A-Rod to skip All-Star Game

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Derek Jeter will not play in next week's All-Star Game in Phoenix, he told reporters, including CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler, before Friday's game with the Rays.

Jeter's teammate and fellow starter for the AL squad, Alex Rodriguez, will also skip the game and is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Friday on his balky knee. Rodriguez is not in the Yankees' lineup for Friday's game against the Rays.

"He's not moving well," Girardi said of A-Rod. "His leg has been a little sore ... would the rest help him? Probably."

Rodriguez hasn't homered in his last 85 at-bats, the longest such stretch of his career -- which is likely related to the injury.

"I have no pop," he said recently.

As for Friday's game, it has been postponed due to severe thunderstorms.

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Posted on: July 8, 2011 10:15 am
Edited on: July 8, 2011 1:09 pm

Pepper: @DatDudeBP leads MLB tweeters

By C. Trent Rosecrans

CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler joins Lauren Shehadi to talk about Derek Jeter, but also notes these games against the Yankees are not just big for Jeter's chase of 3,000 but also vital for the Rays. There's also the Braves-Phillies series, but Danny points out why that may not be as big of a series.

TWITTER 140: Our own @JamesonFleming put together the sports world's top 140 Twitter users and the Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP) comes in as baseball's best Twitter user.

Phillips didn't start using Twitter until this offseason, but has embraced the technology, holding contests for fans and also taking suggestions on restaurants and off-day activities. Earlier this season, a teen asked Phillips to come to his baseball game on a day the Reds were off, and Phillips stopped by. He also sent a pair fans to spring training and then another pair to San Francisco for the Reds' games at AT&T Park.

He has even won over some Cardinals fans, an amazing feat considering Cardinal nation's distaste for the Reds second baseman, who last year used not-so-nice words to describe Tony La Russa's club.

Florida's Logan Morrison (@LoMoMarlins) is fourth on the list and the second baseball player. Brewers closer John Axford (@JohnAxford) is the third MLB player in the Top 10.

LAST ONE THE TOUGHEST: George Brett told the Associated Press he thought the last hit would be the toughest for Derek Jeter in his quest for 3,000. Of course, Brett reached the mark with a four-hit game. Brett also said he wasn't sure how many more players would reach the milestone.

"Is that desire still going to be there when they're worth $250 million when they're 37 years old?" Brett said.

GOTTA BE THE SHOES: Jeter will be wearing special shoes for his 3,000th hit, and you can get a matching pair. Yahoo!'s Big League Stew has all the details on the details of the shoes.

JETER'S BALLS: One more Jeter entry -- a look at the special baseballs that MLB will use to try to track Jeter's 3,000th hit. [BizofBaseball.com]

CARDS LOCK UP GARCIA?: There are reports from the radio station partially owned by the Cardinals that say the team has reached a four-year deal with two option years with left-hander Jaime Garcia. The deal would cover all three arbitration years and one year of free agency for the 25-year-old Garcia. He's 8-3 this season with a 3.23 ERA and is 22-12 with a  3.07 ERA in his career. [MLB.com]

HARPER STILL TOPS: Baseball America released its Midseason Top 50 Prospects List, and the Nationals' Bryce Harper leads the list, followed by Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Rays' lefty Matt Moore.

ALL-STAR SWITCH: Royals right-hander Aaron Crow may have made the All-Star team as a reliever, but Kansas City manager Ned Yost sees the team's former first-rounder as a starter down the line, as soon as next spring. [MLB.com]

DOCTOR MAY NAME NAMES: Canadian Dr. Anthony Galea has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of bringing unapproved drugs into the United States to treat athletes, and he may be pressed to give the names of athletes he treated and gave illegal drugs. Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran of the Mets are among the players who have been treated by Galea in the past. [New York Times]

BORAS SPEAKS AT SABR: Super-agent Scott Boras talked of his love of baseball at the Society for American Baseball Research's annual conference on Thursday. Boras talked about his first superstar -- a cow on his family's farm. [Orange County Register]

SCHILLING TALKS PEDS: Former All-Star Curt Schilling went on a Philadelphia radio station Wednesday and said that no "team in the last 20 years that's won clean." Schilling said he thinks the recent decline in offensive numbers are because of MLB's testing policies. [SportsRadioInterviews.com]

NO TAPE MEASURE NEEDED: Ever wonder how they calculate home-run distances so quickly? There's a chart, of course, but how is that chart made? Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has that story.

CRADLE OF MANAGERS: The Kansas City A's didn't produce a lot of wins, but they did produce their fair share of managers. Tommy Lasorda, Billy Martin, Whitey Herzog, Joe Morgan (not the Hall of Famer, but the former Red Sox manager), Dick Williams, Hank Bauer, Dick Howser and Tony La Russa all played for the A's in KC. Two of the game's more successful coaches, Dave Duncan and Charlie Lau, also played for the A's during their stint in Kansas City. [Joe Posnanski]

SLUGGER EMPATHY: Twins designated hitter Jim Thome said it wasn't his place to comment on Adam Dunn's struggles, but said he did empathize with the struggling Chicago DH. "As a guy who swings and misses and has struck out a ton, it's hard," Thome told the Chicago Tribune. "When you can have success and are blessed to play a long time and [then go through] those periods, it's tough."

NO STARS FOR ALL-STARS: Major League Baseball has added stars to the uniforms of All-Stars, but apparently the designations are purely optional, as the Cardinals' three All-Stars declined to take part to keep their uniforms uniform. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

STARLING UNDECIDED: The Royals took a gamble when they picked prep outfielder Bubba Starling with the fifth overall pick in last month's draft, as Starling is also a top-flight quarterback committed to Nebraska. Starling told the Kansas City Star he hasn't decided whether he's going to play football for Nebraska or sign with the Royals for millions of dollars. Starling said he's going to Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday and will work out with the team, but won't enroll in classes for the summer.

SAVES RECORD: You need more evidence they keep stats for everything? Braves closer Craig Kimbrel has set the record for most first-half saves by a rookie. Kimbrel's 27th save Thursday broke the record of 26 set by Boston's Jonathan Papelbon in 2006. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

LAWRIE PROGRESSING: Just before he was scheduled to be called up in May, Blue Jays prospect Brett Lawrie suffered a broken hand after being hit by a pitch. Lawrie began hitting off a tee earlier this week, and he's improving. The team doesn't expect him to be able to play in games until August. [MLB.com]

ROYAL SHAME: The Royals have once again taken the cheap route in their tribute to the Nergro Leagues, ditching the vintage uniforms. While there are many good signs for the Royals' future, this is a reminder that David Glass is still the owner. [Kansas City Star]

MYTHBUSTER: Scientists are using a lab at Washington State to measure some baseball physics. Among the findings, corked bats don't work, humidors do, and the balls from 2004 performed the same as a ball from the late 70s. [Popular Mechanics]

REMEMBERING BUDDIN: Former Red Sox shortstop Dan Buddin died last week. He's remembered mostly for not being very good -- he averaged 30 errors a year and didn't hit very well, either. A really good remembrance by FanGraphs.com's Alex Remington on the man Boston booed.

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Posted on: July 7, 2011 7:20 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 6:31 am

Jeter Watch: Only two to go ...

By Matt Snyder

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter returned home for a four-game series before the All-Star break, and he only needed three hits to become the 28th player in major-league history with 3,000 hits in his career. Of course, in his first at-bat Thursday, he knocked a double to left-center and is almost there. He concluded the night 1-for-5 as the Yankees lost 5-1.

Eye on Baseball's Evan Brunell has detailed Jeter's history against the Rays' pitching staff, and you can read it by clicking here.

Jeter Watch
Jeter began Wednesday with 2,996 career hits and then doubled to deep right field in his final at-bat, pushing him to 2,997. The knock Thursday was No. 2,998.

We'll be updating a new Jeter Watch blog post after each plate appearance Friday night. Below is the list for Thursday. 

Plate appearance No. 1: Doubled to left-center.

Plate appearance No. 2: Grounded out to third.

Plate appearance No. 3: Grounded out to third.

Plate appearance No. 4: Grounded out to shortstop.

Plate appearance No. 5: Grounded out to third.

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