First Pitch: Jeter going after Gwynn next
April, 22, 2012
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com
A little lost in the Yankees incredible comeback on Saturday was another 3-for-4 day from Derek Jeter. At this time last year, if Jeter had three hits, it was stop the presses time. Not only because Jeter chased 3K, but because he looked that bad.
This year, he continues to look that good that it has almost become an after thought.
So Jeter had a ho-hum 3-for-4, two walks, two runs and an RBI game on Saturday. He is now at 26 hits on the season and 3,114 on his career.
Jeter just passed Dave Winfield for the 18th slot on the all-time hit list. Next up, for Jeter is Tony Gwynn, who finished his career with 3,141 hits. The way Jeter is going he could surge past Gwynn at some point next month.
If Jeter stays healthy, he should finish the year at least at No. 14 on the all-time list, passing Robin Yount, Paul Waner, George Brett and Cal Ripken Jr. Ripken is No. 14 with 3,184 hits.
Jeter has a shot to catch Nap Lajoie and Eddie Murray. Murray is No. 12 with 3,255 hits. Jeter would need 141 more hits.
There is a chance he could move past Willie Mays (3,283). That would put Jeter at 11th all-time.
Here is the all-time list.
UP NOW: My news story on Michael Pineda's latest setback and Wallace Matthews' reaction. Wally on how the great comeback doesn't totally mask the problems. Ian O'Connor on the embattled Bobby Valentine. Finally, what do you do with Freddy Garcia?
ON DECK: Ian, Wally and I will be all over ESPN New York 1050. I'll be on at 8:45 a.m. with Dave Rothenberg. Ian will host his weekly show on 1050 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wally, Ron Guidry & Buster Olney will be among his guests. I will be on ESPN Radio at 12: 15 p.m. as well with Freddy Coleman and Jonathan Coachman.
IN THE HOLE: We will be active on the blog all day, as always. Around 1 p.m., Mark Simon will have his What2Watch4 on tonight's 8 p.m. ESPN Sunday Night game, pitting CC Sabathia (1-0, 5.59 ERA) vs. Daniel Bard (0-2, 4.63 ERA). At 1:30 p.m., with an assist from Keith Law, I will tell you who is the new Yankees' top prospect. It isn't Manny Banuelos anymore. Plus, Wally and I will have a video on Sabathia on Sunday night. We discuss how he has become even more important with Pineda's injury and the ineffectiveness of the rest of the starters.
Thanks for reading, watching and listening.
QUESTION OF DAY: Do you believe what you saw on Saturday?