Cue Tim Kurkjian – it’s time for the Derek Jeter retrospective… Jeter’s third hit last night (breaking an 0 – 12 streak) tied him with Lou Gehrig atop the all-time list for most hits in a Yankees uniform. Certainly Jeter is worthy – a heads up player who hustles every night, plays nearly every day, and is nearly universally accepted as the face of MLB. Congratulations are certainly in order. [ESPN]
So how many more hits does Jeter have in him? Averaging 160 hits a year until he’s 40 (not a total stretch; he’d have to stay healthy and near the top of the lineup to do it), he’d have 3500+ hits. He’d have to change positions or seriously exceed 160 hits per season to make a legitimate run at 4000 hits (not impossible). Personally, I think Rose’s hit record is likely safe, but if Jeter hits 40 closer to 3750 hits and is still batting around .310 when he gets to 40, he’d at least have a shot. Is Jeter capable of playing until he’s 44 or 45?
Another player who could make the 3000 hit club is just four hits shy of his ninth straight 200 hit season – Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro would pass the record previously held by Wee Willie Keeler, who had 200 hits each year from 1894 to 1901. Ichiro already has 2001 MLB hits, and 1278 hits while playing in Japan, putting him about 5 years shy of Pete Rose’s career mark if you combine the two leagues. Now – to be fair, playing in Japan is a far cry from playing in the majors, but they also play shorter seasons. Rose had another 427 hits as a minor leaguer playing in the Reds chain, so perhaps Ichiro should be gunning for 4683 total professional hits… [MLB]
One more Tim Kurkjian moment… Brian Roberts collected his 50th double last night, the third time he has done that, joining Tris Speaker (5), Paul Waner (3), and Stan Musial (3) as the only players to have had 50 or more doubles in three or more seasons. [MLB]
Dodgers pitcher Randy Wolf thinks he followed in the footsteps of Randy Johnson – injuring his elbow swinging a bat. Word is that Wolf will miss at least one start with tightness in his elbow, but you never know. Thankfully, Hiroki Kuroda is back. [ESPN]
Meanwhile, teammate Clayton Kershaw will miss a start after bruising his shoulder shagging flies during batting practice. Kershaw ran into an auxiliary scoreboard – with his right (non-throwing) shoulder. When he can deal with the pain, he’ll pitch again. [FoxSports]
Phillies pitching woes continue… Scott Eyre is getting an examination on his elbow, and J.A. Happ will miss a start with an oblique strain. Jamie Moyer gets the start in Happ’s absence. [ESPN]
Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield will get a cortisone shot to help his ailing lower back, hoping to coax a start out of the 43-year-old pitcher about ten days from now. [MLB]
Speaking of bumps and bruises… Cardinal outfielder Matt Holliday stumbled running out a grounder and bruised his knee and is day-to-day. And B.J. Upton’s ankle is bothering him – he looked slow chasing a Derek Jeter double in the fifth and was pulled by manager Joe Maddon. [MLB]
Four men were arrested and charged with stealing the aluminum “8” that honors Cal Ripken, Jr. outside of Camden Yards. While the monument was recovered, it’s not yet known if the monument can be remounted on its base. [SI]
The Twins activated Francisco Liriano off the DL, but announced that the disappointing starter is now going to be used out of the bullpen for the rest of the year. [SI]
The Orioles acquired Sean Henn from the Twins for future considerations (cash or a minor leaguer). Henn is a long-time Yankees prospect who is now with his fourth organization (also San Diego). The 28-year-old had a few other MLB trips, but hasn’t stuck – so consider Henn “organizational depth”; he’s not a prospect at this stage of his career. [SI]
A frustrated Jose Reyes still wants to try to play in 2009, and has even offered to play winter ball to be ready for the 2010 season. Reyes hasn’t played since late May – when the Mets were just one game out of first… Seems so long ago, doesn’t it? [FoxSports]
Welcome Back! Those returning from the DL include Dexter Fowler (Rockies), Jeff Karstens (Pirates), Ryan Hanigan (Reds), Brendan Donnelly (Marlins), Donald Veal (Pirates) and Joe Crede (Twins).