Derek Jeter will be 38 on June 26 and by then should have another 68 hits, as he climbs up the all-time hits list. If he does post 68 more hits, by his birthday it would give him 3,156 hits. That would place him 15th among career hits leaders, with him having two more hits than George Brett.
He will have passed Dave Winfield, Tony Gwynn, Robin Yount, Paul Waner and Brett and would have accomplished that feat in less than half a season. Assuming he collects another 75 hits the rest of the season, which is a conservative number, Jeter would have 3,231 hits and would have passed Cal Ripken Jr. to take over 14th place on the list.
If he posts another 150 hits in 2013 that would give him a total of 3,381 hits, enabling him to pass Nap Lajoie, Eddie Murray, Willie Mays, Eddie Collins and Paul Molitor and move into 9th place on the list.
There is no point in going any further with these stats, since Jeter will be 40 in 2014 and may have retired or have an unforeseen injury, preventing him from continuing his career, or the Yankees may not even pick up their team option for the 2014 season..
Jeter will earn $16 million in 2012 and $17 million in 2013. His 2014 salary will plummet to $8 million with a $3 million buyout in his team option year. The Yankees should pick up that option, unless Jeter has lost his skills completely, since there is only a $5 million difference in his salary and the team option.
If he does play in 2014 he could join Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron and Stan Musial in the Top 5 major league players in all-time hits.
It is not a matter of if Jeter will be voted into the Hall of Fame, but more a matter of when the five year waiting period will start after he retires, so he can be voted in five years later.
Even the most ardent Yankee hater has to admit that Derek Jeter will go down, as one of the best hitting shortstops ever, not to mention his leadership qualities and his leading by example for his teammates.
If ever a player played the game the right way, it would be Derek Jeter.