Captain's Log: Derek Jeter's career against the Seattle Mariners
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 making their only 2014 pilgrimage to Seattle this week, we take a look at how Jeter has matched up with the Mariners over the last two decades.
More than 19 calendar years, 2,650-plus games and countless watershed moments later, Derek Jeter surely still remembers every minute of his major league debut, which came on May 29, 1995 in Seattle's Kingdome. Since then, The Captain has had quite a love affair with The Emerald City, adding many more memories on the banks of Puget Sound over the years.
Barring a playoff matchup with the Mariners, Jeter will say goodbye to Seattle (and ex-teammate Robinson Cano) for the final time this week, as the Yankees play their lone three-game set in Seattle Tuesday through Thursday. In honor of Jeter's farewell, we look back at how The Captain has performed at both The Kingdome and Safeco Field over his career.
Derek Jeter's career line vs. Mariners (166 games/748 plate appearances):
.281 average (189-for-673), 19 HR, 77 RBI, 55 BB, 101 K, 16 SB, 98 R, .758 OPS
Jeter's career line in Seattle (80 games/368 plate appearances):
.299 average (98-for-328), 10 HR, 36 RBI, 31 BB, 47 K, 8 SB, 50 R, .807 OPS
Jeter's career line in Seattle, broken down by stadium:
-Kingdome (1996-1998; 20 games/92 plate appearances): .247 average (20-for-81), 3 HR, 9 RBI, 9 BB, 11 K, 1 SB, 15 R, .729 OPS
-Safeco Field (1999-present; 60 games/276 plate appearances): .316 average (78-for-247), 7 HR, 27 RBI, 22 BB, 36 K, 7 SB, 35 R, .835 OPS
Bonus line: Jeter at the 2001 All-Star Game in Seattle: 1-for-1, HR, RBI, R
And now, three memorable Jeter Moments from the Pacific Northwest:
No. 1: Welcome to The Show
May 29, 1995 will forever be the most memorable 0-for-5 day in Derek Jeter's life. That day, a fresh-faced 20-year-old Jeter made his Major League debut at the Kingdome, hitting ninth and going 0-for-5 in the Yankees' 8-7 loss. The next day, though, Jeter got his first of 3,370 career hits (and counting) with a single off Tim Belcher and later came around to score his first of 1,893 career runs (and counting) - and the rest, as they say, is history.
No. 2: Propelling the three-peat
The Yankees went into Game 4 of the 2000 ALCS in Seattle with a 2-1 series lead, and it was largely due to Jeter that they came out with a commanding 3-1 edge. In the top of the fifth inning, with the game still scoreless, The Captain strode to the plate with two on and two out and promptly whacked a Paul Abbot offering into the seats, giving the Yankees a 3-0 lead. Three innings later, Jeter drew a leadoff walk against Jose Mesa and then trotted the rest of the way home thanks to Paul O'Neill's two-run homer. The Yankees won the game 5-0, and Jeter accounted in some way for four of the five tallies in the most pivotal game of the series.
No. 3: Quick and easy
Alex Rodriguez was voted in as the American League's starting shortstop for the 2001 All-Star Game, shunting Derek Jeter to a reserve role - but The Captain made the most of it. Pinch-hitting for A-Rod to lead off the sixth, Jeter blasted a Jon Lieber offering into the seats to give the AL a 3-1 lead. He would play just one inning on defense before being lifted for pinch-hitter Cristian Guzman in the seventh, but hey, no one can say that Jeter wasn't worth his selection that year.