Four hits yesterday gave Derek Jeter 2,872 for his career. His next hit will match the career total of Babe Ruth.
What must it feel like to match Babe Ruth?
Jeter’s been hitting lately. He’s a .300 hitter in his past 10 games, and he’s hit .305 since the all-star break. Because this is Jeter — the guy who’s about to pass Babe Ruth, for crying out loud! — the bad numbers have really stood out, but it’s not as if hitting has escaped him all season.
His on-base percentage has been consistently down, but when Jeter’s hit, he’s hit for pretty typical power. On June 6, he was a .300 hitter for the year. From that date until the all-star break, Jeter hit just .220 with nine RBI. That’s bad for any player, much less a guy who’s one hit away from Ruth.
He seems to have found it a little bit since the break. Now he needs one hit to move into a tie for 39th on baseball’s all-time hits list. Jeter already owns the Yankees hit record, but Ruth had 355 hits with Boston. The next former Yankee who Jeter will pass is Wade Boggs, who ranks 25th all-time with 3,010 hits, 702 of them with New York.
Associated Press photo. Thanks to Joshua for the email.