As Derek Jeter's incredible career comes to an end, let's celebrate the amazing accomplishments of the soon-to-be Hall of Famer with a list of my 10 favorite stats from Jeter's 20 seasons with the New York Yankees. Special thanks to the Baseball-Reference.com Play Index and the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia for many of these notes.
1. Jeter is the only player in major-league baseball history with at least 3,000 hits, 350 stolen bases, 250 homers and 1,300 RBI. Nada, no one else has done it.
2. Jeter and Hank Aaron are the only two players in MLB history with 16-or-more seasons of at least 150 hits, 20 doubles and 10 homers.
4. He is one of two players all-time with at least 3,460 hits for one franchise and none with any other team, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The other is Stan Musial, who had all 3,630 of his hits with the St. Louis Cardinals.
5. Jeter never won the MVP but did finish second in 2006. His numbers in that season - 214 hits, 97 RBI, 14 HR, 34 SB - were historic. Since RBI became official in 1920, only two other players have reached each of those totals in a season: George Sisler (1920) and Kiki Cuyler (1925).
6. In 158 postseason games (roughly one season) Jeter has 200 hits, 18 stolen bases, 32 doubles, five triples and 20 homers. That's a pretty good regular season. In fact, only one Yankee has reached those totals in a single season – Mr. Jeter in 1999.
7. Jeter and Frank Robinson are the only players to win the Rookie of the Year, World Series MVP and All-Star Game MVP awards in a career. Jeter is the only player to win the World Series and All-Star Game MVPs in the same season (2000).
8. Jeter, who was taken with the sixth pick in the 1992 Draft, has been worth roughly 72 Wins Above Replacement in his career. The five players taken ahead of him (Phil Nevin, Paul Shuey, B.J. Wallace, Jeffrety Hammonds, Chad Mottola) have been worth a combined 30.5 WAR in their careers.
9. Jeter has played for 13 teams that finished in first place. That is the most first-place teams played for in major-league history (with a minimum of 400 plate appearances in each season).
10. Jeter has played in 2,742 career games, and only one has been when the Yankees were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs – September 26, 2008 at Boston. He has never played a “meaningless” game at Yankee Stadium in his career (so far).