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Happy Anniversary, Derek

5/29/2010

Today marks the 15th anniversary of Derek Jeter's major-league debut, May 29, 1995, in Seattle, an 8-7 Yankees loss in which he went 0-for-5, the only member of the Yankees starting lineup that day not to get a hit.

In his first major-league at-bat, batting ninth in an order in which Luis Polonia was the leadoff hitter and Mike Stanley hit cleanup, Jeter popped out to right against Rafael Carmona leading off the third inning.

Now, of course, Jeter has five World series rings, is the all-time Yankees hits leader and a certain first-ballot Hall of Famer. Entering today's game against the Indians, Jeter needed one double to match Bernie Williams' career total of 449, which would put him second on the all-time Yankees list behind Lou Gehrig (534).

"Incredible teammate, incredible player and incredible man,'' Joe Girardi said of Jeter. "He seems to get the most out of everything he does in life.''