Jeter: 1,000 and counting ...

August, 21, 2012
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Derek Jeter hit the first pitch he saw from Francisco Liriano on Tuesday night into the Chicago White Sox's bullpen, a shot that established three more milestones:

1. It gave him sole possession of 11th place on baseball's all-time hits list with 3,256, one more than Eddie Murray.

2. It pulled him into a tie with his former manager, Joe Torre, and beloved Yankee Bobby Murcer for 198th place on the all-time home run list with 252.

3. It left him exactly 1,000 hits behind the total amassed by baseball's all-time hit king, Pete Rose.

Rose, like Jeter, was 38 when he got hit No. 3,256 in 1979 as a Philadelphia Phillie, and it took him seven more seasons -- all the way past to his 45th birthday -- to get those final 1,000 hits.

Jeter is signed with the Yankees through 2013 with a player option for the 2014 season, after which he will need another contract from someone if he has any hopes of making the record his own.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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