Monday, May 23, 2011

The Greatest Hitter of His Generation?

Derek Jeter might be the best--and the cleanest--hitter of the modern era:

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is 25 hits away from the 3,000-hit club.
Jeter lined a bases-loaded single off of New York Mets hurler Mike Pelfrey in the bottom of the seventh to tie Sunday's Subway Series matchup at 3-3. The ground ball up the middle snuck underJose Reyes' glove and scored Brett Gardner andChris Dickerson.
"A lot of times it's not how hard you hit them, it's where you hit them," Jeter said.
The two-run single snapped Jeter's 0-for-21 skid with the bases loaded and sparked an eight-run seventh for the Yankees, who eventually won 9-3.
It gave Jeter two hits on Sunday, for the second day in a row and fourth time in five games.
Jeter now has 2,975 hits for his career. If and when Jeter reaches 3,000, he will be the first player to do so in a Yankee uniform. He will also be the 28th member to get to 3,000.

For all of the talk about whether he still has it, this milestone is a big deal. The fact that Jeter has gotten there without using performance-enhancing drugs puts him way ahead of his peers (and let's hope it remains a fact).

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