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New York Yankees Captain Derek Jeter Ties Hank Aaron’s Record of 17 Consecutive Seasons with at Least 150 Hits

August 12th, 2012 at 11:27 AM
By Daniel Sirianni

With two hits on Saturday, New York Yankees team captain Derek Jeter tied Hall of Famer Hank Aaron for a Major league record of 17 consecutive seasons with 150 hits or more. 

'Derek Jeter' photo (c) 2007, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

After singling earlier in the game, Jeter hit an RBI ground-rule double in the sixth inning of New York's 5-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays to tie Aaron's record. 

Jeter's streak began in 1996, his rookie season, and has continued for all 17 seasons of his career. In seven of those seasons, he has reached at least 200 hits. 

At 38 years old, many critics thought Jeter's best years were far behind him. However, the veteran shortstop is batting .315 this season and leads the American League in hits. 

"What he has done in the game goes without saying," Jeter said of Aaron. "I just had to be consistent. You play every year and you hopefully try to stay away from major injuries and be consistent day-in and day-out." 

With Jeter returning to the Yankees next season and showing no signs of slowing down, he will have a good chance of breaking Aaron's record next year. 

This is the second consecutive season Jeter has hit a major milestone, as the 13-time All-Star reached 3,000 career hits last year.

In honor of Aaron, each year one player from each league is given the Hank Aaron Award for being the league's best hitter, as voted on by fans and media.  Jeter won the award in 2006 and 2009 for the American League. 

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