Derek Jeter has just accomplished something that no other player in the history of the New York Yankees has ever done. For a baseball franchise that has had names like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra, amongst other numerous Hall of Famers, it is an organization that has never had a player reach the milestone of 3,000 hits. Saturday afternoon, Derek Sanderson Jeter became the first Yankee to reach that plateau, hitting a third-inning homer to left field off Tampa Bay starter David Price. Four members of the 3,000-hit club have played for the Yankees at some point in their careers — Wade Boggs, Rickey Henderson, Paul Waner and Dave Winfield — Jeter becomes the first to achieve the feat while still playing for the Yankees.
Jeter becoming the 28th member of the 3,000-hit club will go down as one of the most celebrated milestone in Yankees history. Jeter is only the second player in Baseball history to reach the milestone with a home run; the other was Wade Boggs for Tampa Bay in 1999. Only Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron and Robin Yount had 3,000 hits at a younger age than Jeter, who turned 37 on June 26. Jeter, who had singled in the first inning, connected in the third off David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays, driving an off-speed pitch with a full count deep into the seats above the left-field wall. It was only the third home run of the season for Jeter, and his first over the fence in the Bronx since last June 12. Including the postseason, Jeter had homered in just one of his last 108 games. Today’s game puts Jeter ahead of the pace set by Pete Rose, the career hits leader, who retired at age 45 with 4,256 hits. Jeter is signed to the Yankees for two more years, with a player option for 2014, but he said Thursday that he was not chasing Rose’s record.