Yankees veteran shortstop Derek Jeter reached yet another milestone in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, earning his 200th hit of the season with a single to center in the first inning. The Captain has produced eight career 200-hit seasons in total, tying him with Lou Gehrig for the most by a Yankee. At the age of 38, Jeter is the sixth-oldest player to reach the 200-hit mark.
“It’s a lot of hits,” he said. “I’ve always felt that if I was healthy and I go out there and play every day, it’s something I’d have a chance to do. I always try to stay consistent. If you’re consistent throughout the course of the year, then you have a chance to do it.”
This is the second time that Jeter has caught up with Gehrig in the record books, as he passed The Iron Horse in September of 2009 when he earned his 2,722nd career hit. Last season he became the first player in Yankees history to reach 3,000 hits. New York currently leads the Baltimore Orioles by a 1/2 game in the AL East standings. They are scheduled to battle the Blue Jays once more tonight before taking on the Oakland Athletics at home for three games over the weekend.