Going into Sunday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays Derek Jeter held the ninth position on Major League Baseball’s all-time hits list with 3, 318 hits in his career. By the end of the day when the New York Yankees had defeated the Blue Jays 6-4, Jeter had taken sole possession of the eighth spot.
The Yankees’ shortstop got a single in the third inning off Drew Hutchison tying Paul Molitor‘s record of 3,319 hits. The tie did not last long however as Jeter singled again in the top of the fourth inning to jumping past Molitor into eighth place all-time. It will take 100 more hits for Jeter, who announced his retirement from baseball after the 2014 season in February, to surpass Carl Yastrzemski at 3,419 hits and tie Honus Wagner for sixth all time on the list with 3, 420 hits. Accomplishing this feat and possibly moving higher in the rankings is a certainly a possibility for the almost 40-year old Jeter as his career 162 game average in number of hits is 206.
If Jeter stays healthy there’s a good chance he could also pass Tris Speaker, who at number five on the list has 3,514 hits, but that is as high as Jeter will be able to climb unless he decides to postpone his retirement. He’d be in good company though being in the top five on the all-time hits list led by Pete Rose with 4,256 hits. Rose is followed by Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron and Stan Musial, all of whom it is already Jeter’s honor to be in the company of in the top ten.