Saturday marked the 15th anniversary of Derek Jeter’s major league debut. On May 29, 1995, he went 0-5 with two putouts and two assists in an 8-7 Yankee loss at the Kingdome.
He would go on to compile a .250/.294/.375 line in 15 games with the big club in ’95 . . . and got the starting shortstop nod in ’96. The rest is much-repeated history.
Here are some stats to munch on . . .
Since his debut, Jeter leads in games played (2,185, 2 ahead of Alex Rodriguez), games started (2,176, 11 ahead of A-Rod), at-bats (8,868, 293 ahead of Johnny Damon), hits (2,807, 248 ahead of A-Rod). He’s second in runs (1,602), 3rd in batting average (.317), 10th in OBP (.387), 14th in doubles (448) and 14th in stolen bases (310).
Over his 15 seasons, he’s faced 1,089 different pitchers. His worst 0-fer is against Jorge Julio (14 ABs). He’s gone yard the most against Sir Sidney Ponson (5 times in 88 ABs). Of those pitchers he’s had at least 40 plate appearances against, his best batting average is against Rodrigo Lopez (.448). Oh, and John Lackey has plunked him the most (5 times in 57 plate appearances).
Jeter has had 41 different hitting streaks of ten games or more in his career (12 of these were 15 or more games). On the flip side, he’s had only seven instances of going hitless in four or more consecutive games. All this while amassing only one major stint on the disabled list.
Here’s to you, Captain!
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