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DJ3K artifacts arrive in Cooperstown

Derek Jeter holds his 3,000th hit helmet one last time before handing it off to the Hall of Fame.

The batting helmet and batting gloves that Derek Jeter donated from his 3,000th hit game on July 9 have arrived safe and sound at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y, according to a press release. If you’re planning on being in the area, they’ll be hosting an artifact spotlight every day this week at noon.

Jeter said he’s keeping the bat and the ball (thanks, Christian Lopez!) for his own collection, but wouldn’t say where he’s going to be keeping them. That big mansion in the Tampa area seems to be a good first guess, though, right next to the 250-pound metallic statue.

In addition to the batting helmet and batting gloves, other artifacts from Jeter’s career that are part of the Hall’s archive include:

  • A Yankees jersey from 1996, his American League Rookie of the Year season and the year of his first World Series title
  • A bat from the 1997 American League Division Series
  • Spikes and bat from the 1998 World Series
  • Bat used during the 2000 All-Star Game, where Jeter was named Most Valuable Player
  • Batting helmet from the 2000 World Series, where Jeter was named Most Valuable Player
  • Team USA jersey from the 2006 World Baseball Classic
  • Spikes worn when he broke Lou Gehrig’s record for career hits at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 16, 2008
  • Bat used during the Yankees’ final homestand of 2008, their last season at Yankee Stadium
  • Batting gloves worn Sept. 11, 2009, when he recorded his 2,722nd hit at Yankee Stadium, surpassing Lou Gehrig’s record
  • Bat used during Game 6 of the 2009 World Series

Mariano, Hoffman and everyone else

MLB.com had me research an interesting topic for our Lee Smith rollout package — of today’s crop of closers, which might be Hall of Fame worthy? The answer is pretty much exactly what you’d expect, with Mariano Rivera a virtual lock and Trevor Hoffman not far behind.

But really, no other long-time closers jump out at you. That just goes to prove how difficult it is to remain durable and dominant in that role for so long, especially now that the game has changed since the 1980s and closers aren’t asked to be firemen in the Goose Gossage mold.

“That would be a special treat,” Rivera told the New York Daily
News last year. “To be able to have the opportunity to be part of the
Hall of Fame is the cream of the cream, the pinnacle, the top. That’s what every player wishes for. We have the opportunity to one
day be part of that with the five closers already there. That’s a
select group.”

Rivera and Hoffman represent the best of the ‘new breed,’ and with more than 1,000 saves combined between them, forecasting them for Cooperstown was easy. After that, the crystal ball gets hazy. Do you think there are any other closers out there who could be Hall-worthy?

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