Return of the Jeet (Stay on target... Part II)
As part of my daily routine, I read the New York Daily News. Yes, I live in Vegas, but reading the Daily News makes me feel like I'm back home. Anyway, in reading an article abut Jeter, I came across this paragraph:
And in that respect, he does not talk about any milestones he can still achieve in this last season. He is already the only player besides Willie Mays to have at least 3,000 hits, 250 homers, 300 stolen bases and 1,200 RBI in his career, already the Yankees’ all-time leader in hits, stolen bases and games played. With 120 more hits, he will surpass Hall of Famers Paul Molitor, Carl Yastrzemski, Honus Wagner and Cap Anson into sixth place on the all-time list, and with 74 more runs scored he will surpass Tris Speaker, Lou Gehrig, Alex Rodriguez* and Stan Musial to take ninth on that list.
That got me thinking about an blog I wrote a few years ago, Stay on target... Almost there... I made some predictions about the end of Jeter's career. Let's see how close I am. I predicted he will play till 2014. Jeter announced his retirement in 2014. Although to be fair, his contract only lasted till 2014 so this was kind of a gimmie. I predicted 3690 hits for 4th all time. It looks like he will end up 6th. Although I'm pretty sure he would've ended up 4th if it wasn't for his injury.
300HR Club. He's currently at 256. Doesn't look like he's going to make this one.
400 Stolen Bases. He's currently at 348. Doesn't look like he's going to make this one either.
10K At Bats. Yeah, he toppled this in grand fashion in 2012 when he got 683 ABs. He is starting the season at 10,614.
2500 Games Played. He passed this one up also in 2012. 2014 starts him at 2602.
He also added another ASG appearance in 2012 to bring him up to 13. And you know he is going to the 2014 ASG so that will put his career at 14 ASGs.
I did say that he would have one more spectacular season in him. Looks like 2012 was that year. I wonder what could have been if not for his injury plagued 2013 season.
Like I've mentioned before, Jeet is a 1st year HoF inductee. Tom Seaver holds the record for highest vote percentage into the HoF at 98.8%. I really, really believe that Jeet has a chance at breaking this record also. I guess we will revisit this in 2019, the first year he will be on the ballot. I will tell you this, I plan to be there in 2020 when he makes his acceptance speech.
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