PAUL MOLITOR (3,000th hit on 9/16/96 w/ Minnesota at Kansas City – 21st to join the club):
“Reaching 3,000 hits was never a goal. And especially with all the injuries I had, I never thought it was realistic. Watching Robin get there first helped me relax. It just happened naturally and 3,000 hits is as much a product of longevity as much as ability. I knew it was rare achievement and that it might help me to get into the Hall of Fame. Looking back, I am proud to have reached that milestone.
“To have the most hits for the most prestigious franchise in all of sports is pretty special. If Derek stays healthy, he has a good chance to rack up a lot more hits.”
ROBIN YOUNT (3,000th hit on 9/9/92 w/ Milwaukee vs. Cleveland – 17th to join the club):
“If you play as many games as I did and get as many at bats as I did, then I was eventually going to get to 3,000 hits. It wasn’t until my career was ending did I realize how special it was to reach 3,000 hits, based on how few people had done it. I am more proud of playing as long as I did, then anything. My hits total was the culmination of playing 20 years and being healthy enough to do so.
“I love what I see of Derek Jeter. He is the complete package: a leader, clutch player, and lots of success on baseball’s biggest stage, New York. Being the complete package is something every player dreams of.”