Monday, May 30, 2011
Jeter's road to 3,000 started 16 years ago
On May 30, 1995, Derek Jeter got his first major-league hit, a fifth-inning single against Mariners starter Tim Belcher. Many more hits would follow and now Jeter is on the verge of 3,000 hits.
Jeter made his debut on May 29 and here’s what his then-manager told the New York media upon his arrival.
"I'm anxious to see the way he handles himself in the clubhouse up here," said Buck Showalter. "That was one of the things that impressed me about Derek when I got to follow him the end of last year. He is very mature for his age. I don't want to get into what Derek has to do to stay up. We want him to relax and do what he's capable of doing. We hope Derek makes us a better club."
What was the baseball world like the day Jeter got his first MLB hit?
• The Yankees were in the midst of a horrible slump. From May 13 to June 10, they lost 19 of 24 games to fall from first place to fifth place in the AL East. One of those losses was on May 30, a game the Yankees led 3-2 heading into the eighth inning, but a trio of pitchers allowed four runs in the bottom of the inning and they lost 7-3 to the Mariners.
• Alex Rodriguez had zero career homers (he hit his first on June 12).
• Mariano Rivera has zero career saves. He did have one career win (on May 28 vs the Athletics).
• Jorge Posada was in his second season at Triple-A Columbus. He would make his major-league debut on September 4, 1995, when he entered as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning (his first major-league at-bat would come in April 1996).
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