Derek Jeter has passed Honus Wagner on the career hits list with 3,431, getting an infield single in the sixth inning Saturday against the Cleveland Indians.
Jeter led off the inning with a soft grounder off Corey Kluber that shortstop Jose Ramirez charged but failed to pick up with his bare hand. Jeter tied Wagner on Friday night with a grounder that Ramirez made a nice play on but the throw went off first baseman Carlos Santana’s glove as the Yankees captain crossed the base.
Jeter has said this will be his final season so moving up to fifth will be very difficult. He needs 84 hits to catch Tris Speaker at 3,515.
Always intense, Paul O’Neill was known to take his frustration out on a water cooler or his batting helmet after a close play or a poor at-bat. That fiery attitude also made him one of the keys to returning the New York Yankees back to the top of the baseball world.
The Yankees thanked the player dubbed “The Warrior” by owner George Steinbrenner, honoring O’Neill before their game against the Cleveland Indians with a plaque to be placed in Monument Park.
“He was part of the glue that held this thing together,” former Yankees manager Joe Torre said. “He was relentless.”
O’Neill was acquired in a trade with Cincinnati after the 1992 season, when the Yankees were 76-86. He then went on to help them win four World Series championships and an A.L. pennant from 1996-2001.
In nine years in New York, the right fielder hit .303 with 185 homers and 858 RBIs. He won the 1994 batting title with a .359 average in a strike-shortened season and made four All-Star teams.
O’Neill’s plaque becomes the 28th placed in the area behind the center field fence at Yankee Stadium, where all-time greats such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle have monuments, along with late owner George Steinbrenner.
No regrets for Rays
Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said he doesn’t regret trading former Cy Young Award winner David Price to the Detroit Tigers in a three-team trade.
Sternberg said before Saturday’s game against the Chicago Cubs that the one regret he could think of as an owner was when Tampa Bay didn’t add a hitter during the 2010 season.
For Sternberg and the Rays, moves like that are what the small-market franchise has to do to stay competitive, even if it means sending away stars.