Jeter: 1,000 and counting ...
August, 21, 2012
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com
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.