SweetSpot: Derek Jeter
May, 5, 2014
By Katie Sharp & Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Tomasso DeRosaDerek Jeter gives some advice to Angels' outfielder Mike Trout.
BY THE NUMBERS
Jeter's regular season career vs. Angels
.331 BA/.405 OBP/.473 SLG
DID YOU KNOW?
• Jeter's first-ever hit and RBI at Yankee Stadium came off Shawn Boskie on June 3, 1995, in a 4-2 loss to the Angels. Jeter would eventually pass Lou Gehrig in 2008 for the most hits at the old Yankee Stadium.
• He has a career .405 OBP vs. the Angels, his highest OBP vs any AL team.
• In 1999, Jeter hit .474 in 38 at-bats against the Angels. The only Yankees player to have a higher batting average against them in a season (minimum 35 AB) is Don Mattingly in 1989 (.490).
• Jeter is one of two players with two separate hit streaks of at least 15 games vs the Angels. The other is his former teammate, Bernie Williams.
• The Captain has nine sacrifice hits against the Angels, tied with Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays for his most vs any team.
• His .335 career batting average at Angel Stadium is the highest by any player at the ballpark with at least 250 plate appearances.
• The Yankees are 78-86 all-time against the Angels in the regular season when Jeter plays, his worst record vs any AL team.
• Jeter's 1.038 OPS in 15 postseason games vs Angels is his highest vs. any team he's faced in more than one postseason series.
• His six postseason home runs, 22 postseason hits and 15 postseason runs vs. the Angels are all his most vs. any team in the postseason.
• Jeter also has the most postseason homers (6), hits (22) and runs scored (15) vs. the Angels of any major-league player.
THEY SAID IT
"He has played the game the right way since Day 1. A true ambassador of the game and the ultimate leader. His legacy will live on because he touched so many people. I looked up to him and am honored to have played against him."
-- Angels outfielder Mike Trout
• June 3, 1995: The Yankees lost to the Angels, 4-2, but in the game a young shortstop named Derek Jeter recorded his first-ever hit at Yankee Stadium. Jeter lined an RBI double off Shawn Boskie down the left-field line in the fourth inning to give the Yankees a brief 2-1 lead.
• June 4, 1995: The day after his first hit at Yankee Stadium, Jeter played in his first win (the Yankees lost his first five games), an 11-3 victory over the Angels. Jeter was 2 for 4 with three RBIs that day. Yet the story in the next day's papers was of how Tony Fernandez could be returning soon, necessitating Jeter's return to the minors (he would be sent down a week later).
• August 26-27, 1998: Yankees win back-to-back games vs. the Angels in walk-off fashion and Jeter is a key part of each win. On August 26 in the second game of a doubleheader, Jeter has the game-winning hit on a full count with 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. The next day, he draws a leadoff walk in the bottom of the 11th inning, and eventually scores the winning run on a Bernie Williams walk-off double.
• July 31, 2005: Jeter had 4 hits, including a game-tying single in the bottom of the eighth which capped a 4-run rally in that inning. The Yankees would eventually beat the Angels in the 11th inning on a Tony Womack walk-off single.