Derek Jeter has long been considered one of the best players in the history of the New York Yankees. On Wednesday, he took a statistical step to prove his place in the all-time ranks. With his 2,721st hit as a member of the Yankees, he tied Lou Gehrig for most hits in the history of the franchise.
Against the Tampa Bay Rays, Jeter finished 3-for-4 to raise his batting average on the season to .330. The shortstop also has 17 homers, 62 RBIs and 97 runs.
To add to Jeter’s day, the Yankees were able to beat the Rays on Wednesday. Down 0-2 heading into the eighth inning, New York scored four runs in the inning. Jorge Posada’s three-run blast was the big hit.
With his next hit, Jeter will become the Yankee with the most hits in the history of the team. He’ll be ahead of an impressive list of names including Gehring, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Don Mattingly and Yogi Berra.