Captain's Log: Derek Jeter's career against the Minnesota Twins
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 Target Field this week, we take a look at how Jeter has matched up with the Twins over the last two decades.
Derek Jeter has faced the Minnesota Twins plenty of times during his career, including many games in October. Most of those games, however, were played in front of the old bag in right field at the Metrodome. The Twins would eventually move to Target Field after the 2009 season, a year in which Minnesota lost in the ALDS to --who else -- Derek Jeter and the Yankees.
To be exact, Jeter faced the Twins in the ALDS in 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010. In those three series, the Yankees have never been eliminated, and Jeter is a combined 20 for 57 (.350 average) with three home runs and eight RBI. The 2009 ALDS, which the Yankees swept in three games, was concluded at the Metrodome on October 11, the last game ever at the ballpark. Jeter went 1 for 4 that night, and hit .400 in the series.
Assuming Jeter stays healthy, it appears that his last game ever at Target field won't be July 6, but July 15 --except it won't be playing for the Yankees. Jeter currently leads all AL shortstops in voting for the 2014 All-Star Game, which will be held at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Derek Jeter's career line vs. Twins (128 games/523 AB)
.323 average (169 hits) 13 HR, 58 RBI
Jeter's career line in Minnesota (broken down by stadium)-
(52 games/219 AB)
.301 average (66 hits) 3 HR, 18 RBI
(10 games/40 AB)
.300 average (12 hits) 1 HR, 1 RBI
MEMORABLE JETER MOMENTS AGAINST MINNESOTA
In Game 2 of the 2004 ALDS, the Twins jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. In the bottom of the first, Jeter stepped up to the plate and led off with a solo home run to center off of Twins ace Brad Radke. The Yankees went on to win the game and the series.
CHAMPIONSHIP RUN BEGINS
After beating the Twins in 2003 and 2004, Jeter and the Yanks faced them again in 2009. In Game 1, Jeter got on base four times, going 2 for 2 with three runs scored, two RBI, and a twi-run home run. The Yankees, of course, would go on to win their 27th World Series title.