According to the Yankees public relations department on Twitter, Elias Sports Bureau is reporting that The Captain will make history against the Cincinnati Reds with his 2,610th career start at shortstop, the most ever in the history of Major League Baseball.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) July 18, 2014
Jeter passes Omar Vizquel, who played until the age of 45 to make 2,609 starts.
This record is not only a marvel at how long Jeter has played, but also an incredible achievement of longevity and consistency at his position. That longevity doesn't come without doing something at the plate, also.
People can talk about Jeter's weaknesses on defense with advanced statistics and such—that's fine, because the truth is most baseball fans would love to have the caliber of player and winner Jeter has been year after year for a very long time.
He has been the single face of this franchise for about a decade and a half, and there's no question the Yanks may go through an identity crisis when No. 2 finally hangs them up for good.
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