Jeter passes Yaz on all-time hits list

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter moved past Carl Yastrzemski and into seventh place on baseball’s all-time hits list as he recorded three hits in Monday night’s 4-2 loss to the Texas Rangers (ESPN, July 29).

Jeter notched three hits on the night off Yu Darvish in the first seven innings of the game. The final, record breaker a drive into right field with two out and a runner on first in the seventh. This was the 3,420th hit of the shortstop’s career, putting him just 10 hits behind Honus Wagner in sixth place.

“You know, it’s quite an accomplishment,” Jeter said. “It’s tough to enjoy when you lost the game but yeah, I’m pretty sure when this season is over and done with, I’ll look back and get a chance to realize how special it was. But yeah, any time you talk about a list of all-time great players its pretty special.”

Jeter had tied Yaz earlier in the game with a line drive ground-rule double in the third inning. As he heads toward retirement in his 20th season, Jeter has been smashing records left and right. Most recently he topped Lou Gehrig’s long standing doubles record with the Yankees.

“It’s been neat to watch,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He’s passed a lot of people; you think about the doubles, he broke that last week, and then you move up on the all-time hit list. He’s been amazing.”