Before we get into Derek Jeter career by the numbers, let’s look at how an icon can resonate. On his farewell tour, his reach was both on the field and in the wallet. The economics of baseball cannot be avoided. With his retirement, Derek Jeter had something new to add to his list of accolades. The iconic No.2 jersey work by the Yankee captain since he was 20 years old became the best-selling baseball jersey of all-time. Majestic Athletic, who has made batting practice jerseys since the early 80s and authentic jerseys since 2005 attempted to explain the rational.
“Derek just resonates with all demographics, all across the country,” Majestic president Jim Pisani said. “He’s really the only jersey that you consistently see at opposing ballparks, which is why he has been at the top for the last decade.”
Another manufacturer, New Era has reported up to 23 percent of its total Major League Baseball sales in 2014 were all Yankee related. Much attributed to the retirement tour of Derek Jeter. According to Pete Augustine, president of New Era;
“As soon as he announced this was going to be his final season, we could see the market was hungry for it. We’ve never seen this much interest from a player perspective, and I’m not sure we ever will.”
I just thought it was a nice point to mention before getting into the down and dirty of a spectacular career by the numbers. Below are some important numbers that are tied to the career of “The Captain.” Feel free to leave comments with more important numbers in the career of the Yankee short stop.
Derek Jeter Career By The Numbers
Number of times Derek Jeter was ejected from a game in his career.
Derek Jeter is the 17th player in the history to wear No.2. The other players to wear No.2 in the Bronx were Mark Koenig, Yats Wuestling, Lyn Lary, Red Rolfe, Snuffy Stirnweiss, Frankie Crosetti, Jerry Kenney, Matty Alou, Sandy Alomar, Paul Blair, Darryl Jones, Bobby Murcer, Tim Foli, Dale Berra, Wayne Tolleson, and Mike Gallego. There will not be an 18th player to wear No. 2 in NY.
Number of seasons Jeter had an on-base percentage of .400 or greater.
A special number to his career. Jeter has five World Series rings (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009), five Gold Glove Awards (2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010), and five Silver Slugger Awards (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012).
In 1996, Derek Jeter won the Rookie of the Year award. He was the eighth Yankee to take the honor including Gil McDougald (1951), Bob Grim, Tony Kubek, Tom Tresh, Stan Bahnsen, Thurman Munson, and Dave Righetti.
The number of seasons that Derek Jeter hit at least .300 in his career.
In 2003, Derek Jeter was named the 13th Captain of the New York Yankees. The other 12 in order were Clark Griffith, Kid Elberfeld, Hal Chase, Roger Peckinpaugh, Babe Ruth, Everett Scott, Lou Gehrig, Thurman Munson, Graig Nettles, Willie Randolph, Ron Guidry, and Don Mattingly.
The number of All-Star teams made by the Yankee captain in his career.
Became the 28th player in Major League Baseball history to reach the 3,00 hit club. He joined Wade Boggs as the only other player to hit a home run for hit number 3,000.
The percentage of first place votes that Derek Jeter received on the way to the 1996 Rookie of the Year.
Derek Jeter holds the record for the most post-season runs scored at 111. He had a lot of games to reach the mark but it does not lessen the accomplishment.
Derek Jeter hold the record for most post-season games played at a whopping 158.
Derek Jeter holds the post-season hit record at 200. Yes he had a lot of chances but it does not diminish the number.
The year where Derek Jeter earned the title “Mr. November” after a 10th inning home run tied the 2001 World Series at 2-2 with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The reign of “The Captain” ended in New York. Jeter’s final season will be remembered as a sendoff with the Bombers missing the post-season.
The hit number when Derek Jeter passed Lou Gehrig as the all-time Yankee hit leader.
Total number of games played for the Yankee captain, all with the Bronx Bombers. Number two on this list belongs to Mickey Mantle at 2,401.
Total number of hits in the incredible career of Derek Jeter which is most by a short stop. That number is good for sixth all-time behind Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial and Tris Speaker. That is good company.
The amount of money, in dollars, that the Turn 2 foundation (founded by Jeter) awarded in grants since 1996.
The amount of money Derek Jeter made during his career. That number will only go up with the endorsement deals he still carries today.
The cost in dollars for the “House That Jeter Built” which replaced the “House That Ruth Built.”
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