Jeter closing in on the elusive 3,000 hit club

Sometime this summer future hall of fame shortstop, Derek Jeter, will remarkably become the first New York Yankee to reach the magical 3,000 hit plateau. Starting on Thursday afternoon, against the Detroit Tigers, the countdown will be on as the well respected captain is only 74 shy of becoming only the 28th member of that elusive club. “I’ll try to enjoy it, I guess,” said Jeter, who will more than likely reach the milsestone sometime in June. “I think in the past I’ve pretty much tried to block it out and not pay attention to it. For myself, I’ll appreciate the journey and have fun with it. The great thing is … it’s a hit thing. Every time you’re up there, you’re trying to get a hit anyway.” Jeter, who is coming off a subpar season, registered his first hit back on May 30, 1995 against Tim Belcher and the Kansas City Royals. Jeter, who weathered a nasty contract squabble this off -season with New York, expressed his desire to reach the plateau at Yankee Stadium in front of the home fans. If he stays injury free and avoids an early season slump, then it’s quite possible that it can happen sometime between the June 7-16th homestand; when they play a  series against the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and the World Series finalist, the Texas Rangers.  This spring Jeter has been productive and looks refreshed as he hit around the .300 mark. “Some of the balls he’s pulled with authority,”  said Yankees’ manager, Joe Girardi. “I’ve noticed that he seems to get to it better now. I think it’s something that pitchers are going to have to think about.”

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