Captain's Log: Derek Jeter's career against the Kansas City Royals
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, the YESNetwork.com staff will take a look back at just how well the surefire Hall of Famer has done at every locale - and with the Yankees' only trip to Kansas City set for this weekend, we take a look at how Jeter has matched up with the Royals over the last two decades.
Derek Jeter has always been a great hitter - you don't get to 3,000 hits by accident, after all - but he has especially enjoyed playing in Kansas City over the years, with his career average in KC (.320) slightly better than his overall career average heading into 2014 (.312, to be exact).
Alas, unless the Royals and Yankees meet in the postseason (or, technically, we get a Yankees-Cardinals World Series), Jeter has just one more chance left in his career to impress the "Show Me State" fans; the Yankees' second trip to Missouri and lone jaunt to Kansas City begins Friday, and before his final four games in the "Paris of the Plains," we look back at just how crisply The Captain has barbecued the Royals.
Derek Jeter's career line vs. Royals (131 games/619 plate appearances):
.328 average (178-for-543), 10 HR, 63 RBI, 58 BB, 67 K, 21 SB, 102 R, .837 OPS
Jeter's career line in Kansas City (64 games/310 plate appearances):
.320 average (89-for-278), 5 HR, 32 RBI, 20 BB, 38 K, 5 SB, 44 R, .818 OPS
Bonus line: Jeter at the 2012 All-Star Game in Kansas City: 1-for-2 (single)
And now, two memorable Jeter Moments from KC:
No. 1: Touch 'em all
Two of Derek Jeter's 257 career home runs have stayed within the confines of the stadium, and the first inside-the-parker he ever hit came in Kansas City. On August 2, 1996, Jeter "connected" off then-Royals closer Jeff Montgomery in the tenth-inning, cycling the bases for a two-run homer (scoring then-teammate and now-manager Joe Girardi) to increase what was a 1-0 Yankees lead to 3-0. That was Jeter's sixth career home run, and while he has since hit another inside-the-parker (albeit not until 2010), The Captain has not, to this day, ever hit another home run in extra innings of a regular-season game.
No. 2: Have a day…or a week, really
Sometimes, you're just locked in for a game, and sometimes, it lasts an entire series. Such was the Yankees' 2011 trip to Kansas City for Derek Jeter, who went 9-for-15 (that's .600, kids) with five RBI, three extra-base hits and three runs scored from August 15-17. What's even more amazing is that while yes, the Yankees only play a few games there every year, it was the fourth time in his career Jeter hit .400 or better for the season at Kauffman Stadium, and the only season in which he had more total bases in KC was his rookie campaign of 1996 - when the Yankees played six games there.