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July 9, 2011 - Congratulations, Derek, on hits 2,999, 3,000, 3,001, 3,002 and 3,003. You. Duh. Man!

Derek JeterDerek Sanderson Jeter (born June 26, 1974 in Pequannock, New Jersey) is a premier MLB baseball player. Jeter is an twelve-time All-Star shortstop, and currently the captain of the New York Yankees.

Jeter has spent his entire career with the New York Yankees, starting in 1995 when he was 20 years old. He has won the American League Rookie of the Year Award,a Silver Slugger Award, and three Gold Glove Awards. In 2000, he became the only player to win both the All-Star Game MVP Award and the World Series MVP Award in the same year. His .317 career batting average through the 2009 season ranks him with the 5th-highest lifetime batting average of all active baseball players. He has been in the top seven in the American League in both hits and runs scored for the past ten years. During the 2000s he ranks second in the major leagues in hits, fourth in runs, and tied for seventh in batting average.

Derek Jeter was born in Pequannock, New Jersey, to an African-American father, Charles Jeter; his mother Dorothy is of Irish/German descent. The family lived in North Arlington, New Jersey, before moving to Kalamazoo, Michigan, when he was 4.

Jeter was inspired to play baseball by Hall of Famer Dave Winfield. In high school, Jeter was a star baseball player at Kalamazoo Central High School, where he also played basketball, earning an All-State honorable mention.¹

Though he's often been in the running, Derek has never won the American League's Most Valuable Player award. In 1998, he placed 3rd in the voting; in 2006, second. Here are his stats for those near misses.

Derek Jeter's MVP-Like Seasons
1998 NYY AL 149 626 127 203 25 8 19 84 57 119 30 6 .324
2006 NYY AL 154 623 118 214 39 3 14 97 69 102 34 5 .343

Despite another great year in 2009 - .334 BA, 212 Hits, 107 Runs and his fourth Gold Glove, Jeter was again deprived of a much deserved MVP award, this time finishing third in the voting.

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