Jeter Continues to Make History

Derek Jeter has the most hits in the majors and his .324 BA is 4 points behind 21-year old phenom Mike Trout for the best average in baseball.  Since 1930 only two players 38-year old or older have reached Jeter’s current total of 191 hits in a single season: Paul Molitor, who amassed 225 in 1996, and Pete Rose who totaled 208 in 1979.  Jeter has been the only consistent hitter in the Yankee line-up this year and is well on his way to his 8th 200-hit season.  We all know that father time eventually catches up with all of us, but until it slows Jeter’s bat, it will continue to be  a privilege to watch him work.

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  • funny you posted this IH…was thinking about jeter’s remarkable year/career, and wondering if this might be the year he finally wins the mvp that has eluded him all these years…it’s a long shot i know, but he deserves to be in the discussion…scary to think about where the yankees might be without him this season…he’s had a couple of terrific seasons before, but somebody was always just a little better and beat him out…this year is no exception…not winning one before he retires is not the end of the world of course because he’s still had a remarkable career, his value to individual yankee teams and the yankee franchise is unquestioned, and he ranks up there with the all time greats in terms of accomplishments…i’ve learned over the years that most baseball awards are largely based on subjectivity, have no tangible criteria, and the goal posts move around every few years…in other words, they’re not what defines a great player or a great career…still, would like to see him win one ;)

    dc September 10, 2012, 10:10 am
  • Agreed dc…I imagine that if the Tigers and Angels both miss out on the playoffs (and I expect that at least LAA will get in) AND the Yankees make it with Jeter continuing to produce AND he edges in front of Cabrera and Trout for the batting title, then, and only then, do I think he has a shot, and even then I think he probably won’t get it, in part because people will say “with all those other stars on their team, he isn’t even the MVP of his team, let alone the league”.

    Of course I think he HAS been the MVP of the Yankees this year. No one else has been healthy and producing at a high level all year. I too would love to see him land that MVP. No matter what, I am really loving having both him and Ichiro in this line-up. I DVR all the games and fast-forward through them after the fact, but their ABs are the ones I watch no matter what. They are just fun to watch at the plate and it’s no wonder they have compiled such gaudy stats over their long careers.

    IronHorse - YF September 10, 2012, 10:33 am
  • …couldn’t agree more IH…those are the at bats i look forward to as well…not winning an mvp will not keep jeter out of the hall, but it would be sweet to have that one more hunk of hardware, despite it’s somewhat controversial selection process…your first paragraph was most interesting to read because i had similar thoughts, but deleted them from my comments before hitting “submit”…making the playoffs was one of the moving “goalposts” i referred to, along with de-emphasis on power numbers…arod won the ’03 mvp with texas, and they finished in last place 25 games out…pedroia won the ’08 mvp with 17 hrs and 83 rbi…morneau and youk finished 2nd and 3rd, with not only better power numbers, but better ops…in fact, an argument could be made for arod, who finished 8th…he had better power numbers than ped, and an ops that was 100 points better…he was at least on a par with morn and youk for power…not saying ped didn’t deserve it, just using it as an example of my point about fuzzy and morphing criteria…

    dc September 10, 2012, 11:02 am
  • It is incredible that at age 38 he is doing this. He’s been the one constant on the team this year…just incredible.

    Obviously we love the guy, he is god. We know that.

    krueg September 10, 2012, 11:02 am
  • Just came across this article at mlb.com…it includes some good analysis on just how special Jeter’s year has been, especially for a shortstop, including this gem: if he gets to 700 PA this year – which he is on track for – and continues producing as he has to-date, “he’ll be the fourth player ever, at any position, with at least 700 plate appearances and a 110 or better OPS+ at 38 or older”.

    IronHorse - YF September 10, 2012, 11:12 am
  • Not sure if that link actually inserted – can never figure out how to do that in a comment (easier in a post)…anyway, while I go to remedial blogging school, the full url in case you want to cut & paste is:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120905&content_id=37953350&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

    IronHorse - YF September 10, 2012, 11:14 am

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