Derek Jeter passes Rod Carew, ties Rickey Henderson
With an infield single in the first inning on Wednesday, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter surpassed Rod Carew on baseball’s all-time hits list with 3,054, then equaled Rickey Henderson for 21st place with a third-inning RBI single.
Jeter tied Carew with a 3-for-3 performance in Tuesday’s 6-5 loss to the Oakland Athletics. Jeter tied the Hall of Fame infielder by legging out a ball hit to second base off righty Trevor Cahill.
As Jeter was approaching his 3,000th hit, Carew said that he has cheered for the Yankees captain from afar for some time.
“I’m a Derek Jeter fan,” Carew said. “I’ve watched this young man play since Day 1. I’ve always enjoyed the way he has played the game. When you go out there every day and you’re consistent, good things happen. That’s what has happened to Derek over the years as a hitter in the big leagues. He’s been a consistent player, a consistent hitter.”
Henderson had a 25-year big league career, logging 513 of those hits with the Yankees from 1985-89.