Yesterday, Derek Jeter returned to the Yankees lineup and re-started his quest to become the 28th member of the 3,000-hit club. Of course, he will also be just the 28th member of the 2,999-hit club and the 2,998-hit club, but that is another story about arbitrary numbers in sports, but I digress.
The 3,000-hit club, while exclusive, is also diverse, and is more about longevity than a player’s sheer talents. The group includes some of baseball’s all-time greats such as Willie Mays, Ty Cobb, and Hank Aaron. But it also includes guys that are borderline Hall of Famers if they didn’t have that one magic number, including Craig Biggio, Robin Yount, and Lou Brock.
So where does Jeter truly rank among this group? Let’ take a look at his career OPS compared to the other players with 3,000 hits…
As we can see, Stan Musial leads the way with a career OPS of .976, with a comfortable lead over Ty Cobb (.945) and Willie Mays (.941). Jeter comes in 19th with an OPS of .832. Of course, Jeter still has three years remaining on his current contract and we would expect to see a slight decline in his offensive production in the twilight of his career.
Still, not a terrible showing for The Captain. A decent ranking in a very exclusive club.
All data via Baseball-Reference.com
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