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New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter Reacts to Passing Honus Wagner for 6th on Hits List

August 9th, 2014 at 5:20 PM
By Michael Moraitis

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter passed Honus Wagner for sixth place on the Major League Baseball all-time hits list when he notched his 3,431st career hit on Saturday versus the Cleveland Indians.

In case you missed The Captain's hit, which was of the infield variety, here it is courtesy of MLB.com:

After the game, Jeter spoke to the media and made it very clear that this was a special moment for him, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com:

ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand asked Jeter what he would do with the ball that helped him pass Wagner, and Jeter seemed very giving to Marchand, but the offer never came to fruition:

Yankees manager Joe Girardi also commented on Jeter's passing of Wagner, per Hoch:

"Big names — I mean, really big names," manager Joe Girardi said. "It's been fun to watch him go through it this season."

Jeter now stands alone in sixth place and won't get any higher than that.

The next closest player on the list for Jeter to catch would have been Tris Speaker, although No. 2 is still 83 hits away and won't have enough time to catch Speaker unless he goes against his original retirement announcement before this season and plays in 2015.

At this point, the chances of that happening are next to none. Still, that isn't too shabby of an accomplishment for his already legendary career and just adds more emphasis to The Captain's greatness.

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