Captain's Log: Derek Jeter's career against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
The 2014 season will be Derek Jeter's last, the culmination of 20 years of dominance in Major League Baseball. With his pending retirement announced, Jeter will make his final visits to 18 ballparks this year, play in his final game at Yankee Stadium, and, if all goes well, his final All-Star Game and postseason as well.
Throughout the season, as Jeter makes his final stop in each opposing city, YESNetwork.com will take a look back at just how well the surefire Hall of Famer has done at every locale - and with the Yankees making their only trip to Anaheim this week, we take a look at how Jeter has matched up with the Angels over the last two decades.
In his two decades in Major League Baseball, Derek Jeter has played a full season's worth of games - 164, to be exact - against the Angels. Among those, 78 have been played at some incarnation of Angel Stadium heading into his final series there, and whether it was against California to Anaheim, played as a rookie or veteran, The Captain has had a pretty successful run in the O.C.
The Yankees and Angels have met twice in the postseason during Jeter's career, and barring a third, The Captain will say goodbye to the SoCal fans on Wednesday night. As he preps for his final trip to Disneyland (or at least its hometown), we take a look back at just how bad Jeter has bent the Halos, as well as a pair of prodigious games in Anaheim.
Derek Jeter's career line vs. Angels (164 games/753 plate appearances):
.331 average (217-for-656), 17 HR, 85 RBI, 70 BB, 116 K, 24 SB, 109 R, .877 OPS
Jeter's career line in Anaheim (78 games/365 plate appearances):
.335 average (109-for-325), 10 HR, 42 RBI, 28 BB, 55 K, 12 SB, 48 R, .876 OPS
Jeter's career line in Anaheim, broken down by stadium name:
-Anaheim Stadium (1996-97; 13 games/60 plate appearances): .400 average (20-for-50), 2 HR, 13 RBI, 6 BB, 11 K, 1 SB, 13 R
-Edison International Field of Anaheim (1998-2003; 25 games/119 plate appearances): .342 average (38-for-111), 3 HR, 14 RBI, 7 BB, 25 K, 5 SB, 14 R
Angel Stadium of Anaheim (2004-present; 40 games/186 plate appearances): .311 average (51-for-164), 5 HR, 15 RBI, 15 BB, 19 K, 6 SB, 21 R
Bonus line: Jeter at the 2010 All-Star Game in Anaheim: 1-for-2 (single), 1 BB, 1 K
And now, a pair of memorable Jeter Moments in Anaheim:
No. 1: Goin' Deep
Derek Jeter is not a home run hitter per se, clobbering just 256 dingers in his MLB career. There have been 10 times, however, where he has hit not one, but two homers in a game…and the first time that happened was on August 20, 1997 in Anaheim. That was Game 2 of a doubleheader that the Yankees swept, and Jeter was the catalyst; after going 2-for-5 in the opener, The Captain led off the nightcap with a solo homer off Mark Langston, then added a three-run shot of Shigetoshi Hasegawa in the eighth that gave the Yankees their final runs of the eventual 8-5 win.
No. 2: Second Helping
Would you believe that not one but two of Jeter's multi-home run games came at Angel Stadium? Because that fact is indeed true, and the second one came on August 27, 2006, more than nine years after the first. It was almost déjà vu all over again, as Jeter started and ended the Yankees' scoring once again in an 11-8 win; The Captain's first-inning two-run shot off Joe Saunders kicked off the frenzy, and he capped the tally with a solo shot in the eighth off Hector Carrasco.