10 Jeter stats that demonstrate his dominance
It's finally here. Thursday, when the skies cleared and the Yankees played the Orioles, Derek Jeter took to the Yankee Stadium field for the final time.
After nearly 1,400 home games (at the old and new parks), stepping to the plate more than 6,200 times and reaching base on almost 2,300 occasions, this was his last chance to do all those things.
With that in mind, here are 10 Jeter stats -- in no particular order -- that give a glimpse into his longevity.
1. Winning percentage: .593
Jeter is the leader in personal winning percentage (minimum of 1,000 games) among active players, his career record of 1,626-1,116 producing that .593 mark. Additionally, those 1,626 regular-season wins rank tops among active players and the most in franchise history. Mickey Mantle is a distant second with 1,376.
2. Hits: 3,461
In the Yankees' storied history, no player has more base knocks than Jeter -- and it isn't close. Jeter's former teammate, Bernie Williams, ranks fifth on the list with 2,336, while Mantle (2,415), Babe Ruth (2,518) and Lou Gehrig (2,721) hold the spots in between.
Jeter also ranks sixth on the all-time hits list. He passed Paul Molitor (3,319), Carl Yastrzemski (3,419) and Honus Wagner (3,420) this season.
3. Two hundred-hit seasons: 8
Gehrig is the only other Yankee to collect 200 hits in a single campaign that many times. If you want to use consecutive seasons as a tiebreaker, Jeter twice had streaks of three straight seasons with 200-plus hits, while Gehrig only did that once. (Gehrig fell two 1933 hits shy of a five-season streak.)
4. Consecutive 150-hit seasons: 17
Let's lower the threshold a bit, from 200 hits to 150, and Jeter makes the mark 17 times -- in a row. The only other person to do that ever is Hank Aaron (1955-1971).
Jeter's run started in 1996 -- his first full Major League season -- and ended in 2012. An injury-plagued 2013 marred any chance at extending it further.
5. Postseason hits: 200
Not-so-coincidentally, Jeter's many trips deep into October did some serious memory making and yielded an additional season's-worth of hits, more than any other player in playoff history. Jeter is also the all-time leader in postseason runs scored with 111.
Interestingly, Williams (128 hits) and Manny Ramirez (117 hits) rank second and third, respectively, on both lists.
6. Peers in the 3,000-hit, 250-homer, 300-stolen base, 1,200-RBI club: 1
Say hey, Willie Mays. This exclusive club features arbitrary cutoffs, sure, but Jeter and Mays are the only Major Leaguers to ever reach all of those marks. Jeter did it in two fewer seasons than Mays did.
7. Parting gifts: 18
It started in Houston in April when the Astros gave Jeter a cowboy getup -- complete with pinstriped boots -- to get the Farewell Tour officially underway. The gifts haven't stopped since, as Jeter visited 18 stadiums for the final time and received tokens of appreciation along the way -- everything from the Mets' $22,222.22 donation to Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation to the Indians' pinstriped guitar to the Blue Jays' vacation to Canada.
8. Order in the Yankees' captaincy: 11th
On June 3, 2003, came a relatively early sign that Jeter's name would ultimately be listed with the best of them. The late George Steinbrenner named Jeter the Yankees' captain halfway through his professional career -- 11 years after he was drafted sixth overall and 11 years before his eventual retirement.
It ended an eight-year vacancy for the club's captaincy. Previous Yankees captains include Ruth, Gehrig, Thurman Munson and, most recently prior to Jeter, Don Mattingly.
9. Derek Jeter Days: 1
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio issued a decree earlier this month that proclaimed Sept. 7, 2014, "Derek Jeter Day" in the Big Apple. "Derek Sanderson Jeter isn't just a Yankees legend," de Blasio said in the release. "He's a New York City legend."
10. Games with the Yankees mathematically eliminated: 1
That rose to two Thursday night -- and will be five by weekend's end in Boston -- but up until this point, Jeter played just one of his 2,744 regular-season games while his team was mathematically eliminated from postseason contention. That came on Sept. 26, 2008, another series finale in Boston. Jeter went 0-for-2, and the Yankees won, 19-8.
The Yankees rebounded by winning the World Series in 2009.