On Sunday the New York Yankees will retire Derek Jeter’s uniform number 2. After a call-up in 1995, Jeter the following year became the Yanks’ starting shortstop and held that spot until his retirement in 2014.
- Jeter went o-for-5 in his MLB debut, May 29, 1995, in Seattle versus the Mariners.
- Jeter played shortstop in 2,675 games for the Yankees, most of any player in club history. Only three other players have played over 1,000 games at short for the Bronx Bombers: Phil Rizzuto (1,647), Franke Crosetti (1,515) and Roger Peckinpaugh (1,214).
- Of his 260 career home runs, 189 of them came in games his team won. Seventy-one were hit in losses. Jeter’s career average in games the Yankees’ won was .338; in games lost by the Yankees, his average was .265.
- Seventeen players wore the #2 for the Yankees. The last player to wear #2 before Jeter was Mike Gallego (1992-94). Since 1969, the players who wore #2 for the Yankees were Wayne Tolleson (1986-90), Dale Berra (1985-86), Tim Foli (1984), Bobby Murcer (1979-83), Darryl Jones (1979), Paul Blair (1977-79), Sandy Alomar (1975-76), Matty Alou (1973) and Jerry Kenney (1969-72).
- Jeter had 1,311 career RBIs, but he only had 100 RBIs in a season once. That happened in 1999 when he had 102.
- Derek was the 1996 A.L. Rookie of the Year. Runner-up that year for the award was James Baldwin, a pitcher with the White Sox. Baldwin won 79 games in his 11-year career. The N.L. Rookie of the Year that season was L.A. Dodgers outfielder Todd Hollandsworth; he batted .273 and had 98 HRs in a 12-year big league career.
- Jeter hit 26 home runs versus the Red Sox, most against any opponent in his career. His best career batting average came against the Pirates (.422) and the Rockies (.412). His worst career batting average was against the Astros… he hit only .224.
- Five different Yankees played shortstop in the five seasons before Jeter was handed the job in 1996. The previous five: Tony Fernandez (1995), Mike Gallego (1994), Spike Owen (1993), Andy Stankiewicz (1992) and Alvaro Espinoza (1991).
- Derek hit 255 home runs as a shortstop for the Yankees, the most by far in the team’s history. Frankie Crossetti had the second most with 89, followed by Tony Kubek with 49.
- During Jeter’s long run as Yankees shortstop (1996-2014), Eduardo Nunez filled in the most games at shortstop with 152. The other players who played shortstop for the Yankees in 50 or more games during 1996-2014: Enrique Wilson (83), Jayson Nix (66) and Ramiro Pena (62).
Bonus stat: Fifty-one different Yankees played second base during Jeter’s 1996-2014 run as the Yankees shortstop. Leading the way was Robinson Cano with 1,351 games, followed by Alfonso Soriano, 467 games, and Chuck Knoblauch, 381 games.
When New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter retired after last season, he became the 18th major league player to play 20 or more years in the majors all with the same team. Here’s a look at this noteworthy list:
23 years: Carl Yastrzemski (Boston), Brooks Robinson (Baltimore)
22 years: Al Kaline (Detroit), Stan Musial (St. Louis), Mel Ott (New York Giants)
21 years: Cal Ripken, Jr. (Baltimore), George Brett (Kansas City), Willie Stargell (Pittsburgh), Ted Lyons (Chicago White Sox), Walter Johnson (Washington)
20 years: Derek Jeter (New York Yankees), Craig Biggio (Houston), Tony Gwynn (San Diego), Alan Trammell (Detroit), Robin Yount (Milwaukee), Luke Appling (Chicago White Sox), Mel Harder (Cleveland), Red Faber (Chicago White Sox)
One of Jeter’s long-time teammates, Mariano Rivera, retire din 2013 after 19 seasons in the majors, all with the Yankees. He became the ninth player in MLB history to play 19 seasons in the league, all with the same team. Here are those nine players: Mariano Rivera (New York Yankees), Chipper Jones (Atlanta), Barry Larkin (Cincinnati), Lou Whitaker (Detroit), Dave Concepcion (Cincinnati), Jim Palmer (Baltimore), Ernie Banks (Chicago Cubs), Ted Williams (Boston ) and Charlie Gehringer (Detroit).
Going back to the stat of players who played 20 or more seasons in the league, there have been 152 players who have reached that milestone. Above we noted the 18 players who are on this list that played for only one team during their career. There are also 17 players who played 20+ years in the league with only two teams. They are:
25 years: Eddie Collins
24 years: Ty Cobb, Carlton Fisk
23 years: Hank Aaron
22 years: Barry Bonds, Phil Cavaretta, Jimmy Dykes, Tom Glavine, Harmon Killebrew, Willie Mays
21 years: Fred Clarke, Eppa Rixley, Honus Wagner
20 years: Max Carey, Dwight Evans, Gabby Hartnett, Sam Rice
Note: Of the 152 players with 20 or more MLB seasons, five played for 10 or more teams. Leading the way is right-handed pitcher Mike Morgan. He played 22 seasons in the bigs with 12 different teams. He compiled a 141-186 record in those seasons. His longest stay was parts of five seasons with the Cubs.
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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was one of the 60 players named to the respective American League and National League all-star teams yesterday. For Jeter, a likely first-year Hall of Famer when he becomes eligible, it will be his 13th All-Star Game.
The All-Star Game was first played in 1933. In taking a look at the Hall of Famers who played in All-Star Games, there are some interesting facts that pop out.
First, Bert Blyleven was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year on his 14th attempt. Blyleven had a 22-year career in the majors with 287 wins, over 3,700 strikeouts, and a career ERA of 3.31. He was an American League all-star in only two seasons, 1973 and 1985. He became the Hall of Famer with the fewest All-Star Games. (He was credited with the loss in that ’73 contest.)
Another surprise was that Milwaukee’s Robin Yount, inducted into the Hall in 1999 in his first year on the ballot, played in only three All-Star Games, 1980, 1982 and 1983. He was a starter in two of the three games. Another interesting fact is that Yount won the 1989 A.L. MVP without making the all-star team that year.
Following are the Hall of Famers who had the fewest All-Star games on their resume.
All-Star Games, Players
2: Bert Blyleven
3: Ferguson Jenkins, Robin Yount
4: Don Sutton
5: Richie Ashburn, Phil Niekro, Gaylord Perry, Phil Rizzuto, Hoyt Wilhelm
Hank Aaron tops the list with 21 All-Star Games. There are 16 players who had 10 or more All-Star Games but are not in baseball’s Hall of Fame. For some of these players, the jury is still out on whether they will ever be enshrined in Cooperstown.
All-Star Games, Players
17: Pete Rose
14: Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Ivan Rodriguez
13: Ken Griffey, Derek Jeter
12: Mark McGwire. Mike Piazza, Manny Ramirez, Mariano Rivera
11: Roger Clemens, Bill Freehan
10: Steve Garvey, Tom Glavine, Randy Johnson, Ichiro Suzuki
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