Derek Jeter is now in the company of just one other player in major-league history when it comes those who have posted at least 3,000 hits, 1,200 RBI, 300 steals and 250 homers.
That would be Willie Mays.
Jeter took care of the 250 part when he hit a solo shot — homer No. 10 for the season — in the fifth inning off Franklin Morales Friday night in the Yankees’ 6-4 win over the Red Sox.
“I always hear all the time that I don’t hit home runs,” Jeter said. “In my mind, it’s a lot of them. So it’s something I’m happy with.”
The Captain said Nick Swisher was bragging recently about reaching No. 200, and that he told Swisher he had a ways to go to catch him.
“I think it’s a big number,” Jeter said. “To other people, maybe not.”
When it comes to the Yankees’ all-time list, Jeter is tied for ninth with Graig Nettles. This is the 16th time that Jeter has reached double figures in homers. He’s also riding a 13-game hitting streak and is batting .319.
“He’s an amazing player,” Joe Girardi said. “I mean, you think about what he’s done throughout his career. He’s 38 years old. He’s played 15 days in a row. There aren’t too many 38-year-old guys who play 15 days in a row. And he continues to be productive.”
Hope you take a look at my LoHud.com/Journal News articles today on the Yankees’ homer-happy night as well as on Mark Teixeira’s injured wrist and on the man who survived the mutiny (so far), Bobby Valentine. I’ll be back with today’s lineup this afternoon.