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New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter Joins Willie Mays on Exclusive List After Milestone Home Run

August 18th, 2012 at 11:59 AM
By Daniel Sirianni

In the fifth inning of Friday night's 6-4 win against the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter hit a solo home run to tie the game at 4-4. Not only was the home run a turning point in New York's comeback win, but it was a milestone for Jeter as he now has 250 career home runs, placing him in an elite category with Hall of Famer Willie Mays

'Derek Jeter' photo (c) 2008, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Jeter and Mays are now the only two players in Major League Baseball history with 3,000 hits, 250 home runs, 300 stolen bases, and 1,200 RBI in their career. 

"I always hear all the time that I don't hit home runs," Jeter said. "So it's something I'm happy with. I try to be consistent every year, to do my job, like I've always said." 

The Yankees captain might not be a power hitter, but has always been consistent. With his home run on Friday, he now has 10 this season, giving him a double-digit total in 16 of his 17 seasons. 

Jeter, 38, also tied Graig Nettles for ninth on the Yankees all-time home run list with the milestone blast.

The home run was Jeter's 10th of the season, giving the Yankees 10 players with at least 10 home runs this season, tying the franchise record set by the 1998 team.

On top of all the milestones and accomplishments, the home run extended Jeter's hitting streak to 13 games. He is batting .319 this season and .366 in the month of August. 

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