Top 10 Derek Jeter Moments

February 13 06:32 2014

New York Yankee shortstop and captain Derek Jeter announced on his Facebook page on Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the 2014 season. Last year he played in just 17 games due to a broken left ankle. He hit just .190 with one homerun and seven RBI’s last year. Because of the injury, last year was a tough one for Jeter, and that helped him make the decision to retire this year. Jeter was the number six overall selection in 1992. He made his major league debut in 1995 with the Yankees, where he has played his entire career. He won the American League Rookie of the Year in 1996, his first full season. In 19 seasons he is a .319 hitter with 256 homeruns and 1,261 RBIs. His 3,316 career hits leads the Yankees and puts him 10th on the all-time hit list. Jeter is a 13-time All-Star and has won five World Series titles. He is a five-time Gold Glove winner also.
Jeter joins former Yankees pitchers Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte as Yankee players who have retired recently. With all that he has accomplished, it’s amazing that Jeter hasn’t been the American League MVP. He has been the MVP of the World Series, but not for the American League. Jeter is one of the best Yankees ever and one of the best to ever play the game. He will join Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and others as Yankee greats. He is a future Hall of Famer. As Jeter prepares for his final season, here are the top ten moments of his career.
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10. Major League debut: Jeter’s first game in the major leagues was on May 29, 1995 against Seattle. He batted last in the lineup and went 0-5 that day. But he got his first hit the next day. It was the beginning of an amazing career.

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9. Rookie of the Year: Jeter’s first full season in the majors came in 1996. He hit .310 with 10 homeruns and 78 RBIs. He won his first World Series title, which was the Yankees first World Series title since 1978. He also won Rookie of the Year.

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8. The Flip: The Yankees were leading the Oakland Athletics 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh in Game 3 of the 2001 American League Division Series. Terrence Long hits a groundball that goes down the right-field line and Jason Giambi rounds third to score. Shane Spencer throws the ball towards home plate and Jeter picks it up in the infield and flips it to Jorge Posada. Posada tags Giambi out at the plate.

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7. The Captain: On June 3, 2003 George Steinbrenner named Jeter the Yankees Captain. He is the Yankees 11th captain and the first to wear the “C” since Don Mattingly retired in 1995. Mattingly, Lou Gehrig, and Thurman Munson have also been Yankee captains. Jeter is the longest-tenured captain in Yankees history.

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6. Subway Series MVP: In the 2000 World Series against the New York Mets, Jeter had nine hits, including two homeruns. He had a .409 batting average and a .864 slugging average. He tied five game records with his nine hits and six runs scored.

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5. The Dive: The Yankees and Boston Red Sox were tied in the 12th inning in a July 2004 game. With runners on second and third, Trot Nixon hit a foul ball and Jeter chased after hit. He leaped into the stands to make the catch and the Yankees went on to win the game in the 13th inning.

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4. The Maier Game: The Yankees were leading the Baltimore Orioles in the bottom of the eight in Game 1of the 1996 American League Championship Series. Jeter hit a fly-ball to right field and it would have been an out except a fan, Jeffrey Maier grabbed the ball before the Orioles outfielder could make the catch. The hit was ruled a homerun and was the turning point of the game.

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3. The Speech: The Yankees played their last game at the old Yankee stadium on September 21, 2008. The Yankees won the game against the Baltimore Orioles 7-3. After the game Jeter gave a speech to the crowd. It was the Yankees way of thanking the fans for their support.

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2. The Hit King: On September 11, 2009 Jeter had his 2,722 hit. It came off of the Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Tillman. Jeter passed Lou Gehrig as the Yankees all-time hits leader.

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1. 3,000 hits: Jeter entered the game on July 9, 2011 with 2,998 career hits. In the first inning he had a single for hit number 2,999. On a 3-2 pitch in the third inning, he hit a homerun for his 3,000 career hit. Jeter was the first Yankee player to hit 3,000 and was the second player to have their 3,000 hit as a homerun.

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im 28 years old. I graduated from Marist College with a Bachelors degree in Communications/Sports Communications in 2011.

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