Derek Jeter's biggest milestone momentsThe Yankees Captain has etched his name in baseball history throughout his career
Jeter sets record for most hits by a shortstop, Aug. 16, 2009
It isn't the most celebrated record, but Derek Jeter became the all-time leader for most hits by a shortstop on August 16, 2009 in a game against the Mariners. Jeter passed Hall of Famer Luis Aparacio when he ripped a double for hit No. 2,674 in an otherwise forgettable 10-3 loss at Safeco Field.
Never known to care much about statistics, that particular record appeared to almost sneak up on Jeter, "I just try to be consistent year in and year out, and if you're consistent, good things happen," Jeter said, when asked about his record. "But that's kind of hard to believe, to say the least."
Jeter reaches 250 home runs, July 12, 2008
Derek Jeter has never been known as a power hitter. His career high in home runs came in 1999, when he slugged 24 home runs to go with 102 RBI, the only season in which he reached the century mark in that category. But though hitting for the fences has never been Jeter's forte, he's still been a pretty consistent home-run hitter, topping 15 home runs in a season nine times during his career.
Currently sitting at 258 for his career, it's safe to assume that Jeter has no more home run milestones in his future, but he reached 250 in style. Jeter crushed a 3-2 changeup off Boston's Franklin Morales that tied the game. With the mark, Jeter joined Willie Mays as the only players in baseball history with 3,000 hits, 250 home runs, 300 stolen bases and 1,200 RBI.
Captain eclipses Gehrig for most doubles in team history, July 22, 2014
The game became remarkable more for newcomer Chase Headley's walk-off hit in the 14th inning, an auspicious debut for the new Yankees third baseman. But it was Derek Jeter who again made a piece of history, notching his 535th career double to eclipse Lou Gehrig on the franchise's all-time list. With the mark, Jeter is now the Yankees' all-time leader in games played, at-bats, hits, doubles, singles and stolen bases, not bad for a franchise as rich in history as the Yanks.
Jeter becomes Yankees' all-time hits leader, Sept. 11, 2009
The great Lou Gehrig stood as the Yankees' all-time hits leader for more than 70 years, but Jeter surpassed him on a special night in the Bronx on September 11, 2009. On a rainy night at the Stadium, Jeter drilled a 2-0 fastball off of Baltimore's Chris Tillman to capture his 2,722nd hit to move past Gehrig. Teammates came rushing out of the dugout to celebrate with The Captain in what was one of the more special scenes of the great shortstop's career.
The Yankees would go on to claim the franchise's 27th world championship later that season, but Jeter's record remains one of the enduring memories of that special season. George Steinbrenner's statement following the game summarized perfectly the night's significance.
"For those who say today's game can't produce legendary players, I have two words: Derek Jeter," Steinbrenner's statement said. "As historic and significant as becoming the Yankees' all-time hit leader is, the accomplishment is all the more impressive because Derek is one of the finest young men playing the game today."
3,000 hits, July 9, 2011
Derek Jeter has long been known for having a flair for the big moments. Throughout his career, he has been one of those rare athletes whose play shines brightest on the game's biggest stages. So it was fitting that Jeter's 3,000th hit would come on a home run off of Tampa Bay ace David Price. The Yankees Captain finished the day a perfect 5 for 5 at the plate, and punctuated the afternoon by driving in the winning run in what was easily one of the most memorable regular season games in Yankees history.
Jeter himself found the script for his 3,000 hits a little too unbelievable, "If I would have tried to have written it and given it to someone, I wouldn't have even bought it," Jeter said. "It's just one of those special days."