Jeter passes Ruth on home run list (really)
August, 17, 2012
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
Yankees captain Derek Jeter surpassed Babe Ruth on the franchise’s all-time list ... of double-digit home run seasons.
With his 250th career homer in the fifth inning of Friday night’s 6-4 win over the Red Sox, Jeter notched the 16th 10-or-more-homer season of his 17-year career; Ruth had 15 as a Yank. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Mickey Mantle holds the franchise record with 18 double-digit homer seasons, while Yogi Berra also has 16.
“I always hear all the time that I don’t hit home runs, but in my mind it’s a lot of them, so it’s something I’m happy with it,” said Jeter, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games. “I try to be consistent each and every year and do my job. Like I’ve always said, if you do it long enough, good things happen. I think it’s a big number, other people might not, but I think it is.”
Jeter’s 250 career homers tied him with Graig Nettles for ninth-most in franchise history.
Prior to taking Boston southpaw Franklin Morales deep to left to tie the game at 4, Jeter knew he had 249.
“Yeah, because [Nick Swisher] was bragging about getting to 200, and I told him, 'You’ve still got a little ways to go catch me,’” Jeter said.
According to STATS Inc., Jeter is the fourth player in baseball history to reach 3,000 hits, 300 stolen bases and 250 homers in his career, joining Willie Mays, Rickey Henderson and Craig Biggio.
“He’s an amazing player,” manager Joe Girardi said.
Jeter's 10 bombs on the season give the Yankees 10 players with double-digit homers, tied for the most in franchise history (1998).
Next for Jeter to potentially pass on the Bombers' all-time home run list? Jorge Posada at 275.
AP Photo/Kathy KmonicekDerek Jeter's 250 homers rank him ninth on the Yanks' all-time list. Just 409 to go to tie the Babe!