May 5, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) follows through on a double in the seventh inning as Los Angeles Angels catcher Chris Iannetta (17) and home plate umpire Laz Diaz (63) watch at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Jeter closing in on Lou Gehrig

Derek Jeter reached a baseball milestone on Monday night by scoring a run for the 1,882nd time in his career.  With that feat he moved into 11th place all-time, eclipsing Hall of Famer Tris Speaker who sat at 1,881.

Jeter is very close to surpassing a timeline teammate in New York Yankee great Lou Gehrig.  The “Iron Horse” has 1,888 career runs scored, which is just six more than Jeter currently has.  Just ahead of Gehrig is current (?) teammate Alex Rodriguez who has 1,919 career runs.

There is a strong likelihood that Rodriguez has scored his last Major League run, which almost all but guarantees that Jeter will surpass A-Rod this season.  I’m sure fans will not be disappointed to see Jeter overtake the likes of Rodriguez in a statistical category as important as runs scored.

The other name on the all-time runs list that Jeter could pass in his final season is Stan Musial.  The Cardinal outfielder has 1,949 career runs.  If Jeter ends the year with 101 runs scored (a safe guess given his career average and assuming he stays healthy), he would end his career with around 1,977 runs.  It is a good bet that he will pass Musial as long as another injury bug doesn’t pop up.

Stats and milestones pretty much define Derek Jeter’s career.  Get ready to hear much more about them as the season progresses.

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