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Congratulations to Derek Jeter for becoming the 28th player in Major League Baseball history to collect 3,000 career hits. Jeter is the first to reach the 3,000 hit milestone since Craig Biggio did it on July 9th, 2007. His 3,000th hit came in Saturday’s matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Jeter pulled a 78 mph slider from pitcher David Price over the left field wall to tie the game at 1s. He would finish the game 5 for 5, including a game winning RBI in the 8th inning.

 

Jeter is only the second player to hit a homerun for his 3,000th career hit (Wade Boggs, 1999). He is also the first Yankee to hit 3,000 for their career. Watch the below for his postgame reaction to his historical day.

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On This Date In History: Hank Joins An Exclusive Club

On May 17, 1970 Hank Aaron became a member of one of the most exclusive clubs in baseball.  The 3,000 hit club. In the second game of a double header against the Reds, in his first at bat, Aaron singled off of pitcher Wayne Simpson, becoming the ninth man to reach this milestone.  Preceding him in the club were: Cap Anson, Honus Wagner, Nap Lajoie, Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Eddie Collins, Paul Waner and Stan Musial.  Aaron finished his career with 3,771 total hits. 

 

There are currently 27 total members of the 3,000 Hit Club.  Listed below are the players who hit the 3,000 mark after Hank.

  • Willie Mays
  • Roberto Clemente
  • Al Kaline
  • Pete Rose
  • Lou Brock
  • Carl Yastrzemski
  • Rod Carew
  • Robin Yount
  • George Brett
  • Dave Winfield
  • Eddie Murray
  • Paul Molitor
  • Tony Gwynn
  • Wade Boggs
  • Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • Rickey Henderson
  • Rafael Palmeiro
  • Craig Biggio

Looking at this list gives you an idea of how exclusive this club really is.  Just think about who is missing - Mickey Mantle (2,415), Joe DiMaggio (2,214), Babe Ruth (2,873) and Ted Williams (2,654).

Right now in the major leagues there are a couple of players who have a chance to become members of the 3,000 Hit Club.  Derek Jeter is closest with 2,965 hits.  After him, Ivan Rodriguez has 2,832, Omar Vizquel has 2,814 and Alex Rodriguez has 2,703.

Who do you think will join this legendary club?

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