The moment is almost here and the majority of the country might be getting sick and tired of all the Derek Jeter talk that has revolved around the media this year. That coverage is even ramping up now that Jeter is down to his final handful of games.
Jeter will take the field at 7:05 EST tomorrow, at Yankee Stadium, to face the Baltimore Orioles before making his final road trip of his illustrious career. Baring a miracle of epic proportions, Jeter will end his career in Boston against his arch rivals in Beantown.
The economics of baseball cannot be avoided. With his impending retirement, Jeter has something new to add to his list of accolades. The iconic No.2 jersey worn by the Yankee captain since his was 20 years old has become the best-selling all-time baseball jersey. Majestic Athletic, who has made batting practice jerseys since the early 80s and authentic jerseys since 2005 attempted to explain the rational.
“Derek just resonates with all demographics, all across the country,” Majestic president Jim Pisani said. “He’s really the only jersey that you consistently see at opposing ballparks, which is why he has been at the top for the last decade.”
Another manufacturer, New Era has reported to 23 percent of its total Major League Baseball sales in 2014 are all Yankee related. Much attributed to the retirement tour of Derek Jeter. According to Pete Augustine, president of New Era;
“As soon as he announced this was going to be his final season, we could see the market was hungry for it. We’ve never seen this much interest from a player perspective, and I’m not sure we ever will.”
In honor of his final home game I thought we would take a look at Derek Jeter By The Numbers. Below are some important numbers that are tied to the career of “The Captain.” Feel free to leave comments with more important numbers in the career of the Yankee short stop.
2 – Derek Jeter is the 17th player in the history to wear No.2. The other players to wear No.2 in the Bronx were Mark Koenig, Yats Wuestling, Lyn Lary, Red Rolfe, Snuffy Stirnweiss, Frankie Crosetti, Jerry Kenney, Matty Alou, Sandy Alomar, Paul Blair, Darryl Jones, Bobby Murcer, Tim Foli, Dale Berra, Wayne Tolleson, and Mike Gallego. There will not be an 18th player to wear No. 2 in NY.
5 – A special number to his career. Jeter has five World Series rings (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009), five Gold Glove Awards (2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010), and five Silver Slugger Awards (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012).
6 – Derek Jeter was taken with the sixth overall pick in the 1992 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. Taken ahead of Jeter were Phil Nevin, Paul Shuey, B.J. Wallace, Jeffrey Hammonds, and Chad Mottola.
8 – In 1996, Derek Jeter won the Rookie of the Year award. He was the eighth Yankee to take the honor including Gil McDougald (1951), Bob Grim, Tony Kubek, Tom Tresh, Stan Bahnsen, Thurman Munson, and Dave Righetti.
13 – In 2003, Derek Jeter was named the 13th Captain of the New York Yankees. The other 12 in order were Clark Griffith, Kid Elberfeld, Hal Chase, Roger Peckinpaugh, Babe Ruth, Everett Scott, Lou Gehrig, Thurman Munson, Graig Nettles, Willie Randolph, Ron Guidry, and Don Mattingly.
14 – The number of All-Star teams made by the Yankee captain in his career.
28 – Became the 28th player in Major League Baseball history to reach the 3,000 hit club. He joined Wade Boggs as the only other player to hit a home run for hit number 3,000.
111 – Derek Jeter holds the record for the most post-season runs scored at 111. He had a lot of games to reach the mark but it does not lessen the accomplishment.
158 – Derek Jeter hold the record for most post-season games played at a whopping 158.
200 – Derek Jeter holds the post-season hit record at 200. Yes he had a lot of chances but it does not diminish the number.
2001 – The year where Derek Jeter earned the title “Mr. November” after a 10th inning home run tied the 2001 World Series at 2-2 with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
2014 – The reign of “The Captain” ended in New York. Jeter’s final season will be remembered as a sendoff with the Bombers missing the post-season.
2722 – The hit number when Derek Jeter passed Lou Gehrig as the all-time Yankee hit leader.
2743 – Total number of games played for the Yankee captain, all with the Bronx Bombers. Number two on this list belongs to Mickey Mantle at 2,401. Expect this number to change to 2748 in a few days.
3461 – Total number of hits in the incredible career of Derek Jeter which is most by a short stop. That number is good for sixth all-time behind Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial and Tris Speaker. That is good company.
That is a pretty good list in my book. Feel free to leave comments with more important numbers in the career of the Yankee short stop. Remember, there are just a handful of games left. Enjoy them while you can. An era is ending.