109 Facts About Derek Jeter


Derek Sanderson Jeter is an American former professional baseball shortstop, businessman, and baseball executive.

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Derek Jeter was the chief executive officer and part owner of the league's Miami Marlins from September 2017 to February 2022.

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Five-time World Series champion, Derek Jeter is regarded as one of the primary contributors to the Yankees' success of the late 1990s and early 2000s for his hitting, base-running, fielding, and leadership.

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Derek Jeter is the Yankees' all-time career leader in hits, doubles, games played, stolen bases, times on base, plate appearances and at bats.

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Derek Jeter's accolades include 14 All-Star selections, five Gold Glove Awards, five Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards, and a Roberto Clemente Award.

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Derek Jeter was the 28th player to reach 3,000 hits and finished his career ranked sixth in MLB history in career hits and first among shortstops.

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Derek Jeter consistently placed among the AL leaders in hits and runs scored for most of his career, and served as the Yankees' team captain from 2003 until his retirement in 2014.

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Derek Jeter was one of the most heavily marketed athletes of his generation and is involved in numerous product endorsements.

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Derek Jeter was born on June 26,1974, in Pequannock Township, New Jersey, the son of accountant Dorothy and substance abuse counselor Sanderson Charles Derek Jeter.

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Derek Jeter's mother is of English, German, and Irish ancestry, while his father is African-American.

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Derek Jeter's father played baseball at Fisk University in Tennessee as a shortstop, and holds a PhD.

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When Derek Jeter was a child, his parents made him sign a contract every year that defined acceptable and unacceptable forms of behavior.

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Jeters lived in New Jersey until Derek was four years old, at which point they moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Derek Jeter attended Kalamazoo Central High School, where he ran cross country in the fall, played basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring.

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Derek Jeter posted high batting averages for the school's baseball team; he batted.

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Derek Jeter received several honors after his senior season, including the Kalamazoo Area B'nai B'rith Award for Scholar Athlete, the 1992 High School Player of the Year Award from the American Baseball Coaches Association, the 1992 Gatorade High School Player of the year award, and USA Todays High School Player of the Year.

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Derek Jeter earned a baseball scholarship to attend the University of Michigan and play college baseball for the Michigan Wolverines.

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Derek Jeter played four seasons in Minor League Baseball, formally known as the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues.

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Derek Jeter began the 1992 season with the Gulf Coast Yankees of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, based in Tampa, Florida.

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Derek Jeter continued to struggle during the rest of the season, batting.

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Homesick and frustrated by his lack of success, Derek Jeter accrued $400-per-month phone bills from daily calls to his parents.

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Derek Jeter finished second in the SAL in triples, third in hits, and 11th in batting average, and was named to the postseason All-Star team.

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Derek Jeter denied receiving the offer, and he did not cross the picket line.

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Derek Jeter was assigned uniform number 2, which was most recently worn by Mike Gallego from 1992 to 1994.

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Derek Jeter traveled with the team during the 1995 American League Division Series, though he was not on the active roster.

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Derek Jeter was named the unanimous AL Rookie of the Year, receiving all 28 first-place votes in only the fifth sweep in the honor's 50-year history.

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At season's end, Derek Jeter finished third in voting for the AL Most Valuable Player Award.

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Derek Jeter added two home runs, a triple, and two doubles in the World Series, including a leadoff home run on the first pitch of Game 4 and a triple later in the third inning.

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Derek Jeter won the World Series MVP Award, becoming the first player to win the All-Star Game MVP and World Series MVP Awards in the same season.

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Derek Jeter became the second-highest-paid athlete across all team sports and auto racing, trailing only Rodriguez.

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Derek Jeter made a notable defensive assist in Game 3 of the 2001 American League Division Series against the Oakland Athletics.

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Derek Jeter ran from shortstop to grab the ball and flipped it backhanded to catcher Jorge Posada, rather than throwing it overhand.

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On Opening Day of the 2003 season, Derek Jeter dislocated his left shoulder when he collided with Toronto Blue Jays catcher Ken Huckaby at third base.

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Derek Jeter committed a crucial error in a Game 6 loss, and the Marlins won the series in six games.

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Derek Jeter—who had no Gold Gloves at the time—remained the team's starting shortstop while Rodriguez moved to third base.

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Rodriguez's fielding range allowed Derek Jeter to cede ground to his right to Rodriguez and cheat to his left: fielding balls hit to his left is a weakness identified by scouts.

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The 2004 season began with Derek Jeter mired in a slump, at one point getting only one hit in a span of 36 at-bats; through April, he batted.

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Derek Jeter ran from his position at shortstop and made an over-the-shoulder catch.

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Derek Jeter launched himself over the third-base side railing and two rows of seats, receiving a lacerated chin and bruised face.

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Derek Jeter was second in the AL in runs scored in the 2005 season, and was third in the league in both at bats and hits.

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Derek Jeter hit his 400th career double on June 27,2008, and his 200th home run on July 12.

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Derek Jeter was elected to his ninth All-Star game as the starting shortstop.

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Derek Jeter tied Lou Gehrig's record for hits at Yankee Stadium with a home run off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price on September 14,2008.

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Derek Jeter achieved two career hit milestones in the second half of the 2009 season.

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Derek Jeter was named Sportsman of the Year for 2009 by Sports Illustrated, and won the Roberto Clemente Award, Hank Aaron Award, his fourth Gold Glove Award and his fourth Silver Slugger Award.

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Derek Jeter finished third in the AL MVP voting, behind Minnesota's Joe Mauer and Yankee teammate Mark Teixeira.

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Derek Jeter committed six errors during the season, his lowest total in 15 full seasons.

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Derek Jeter spent the offseason working with Long on adjustments to his swing.

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Derek Jeter broke Rickey Henderson's franchise record for stolen bases when he stole his 327th base against the Mariners on May 28,2011.

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Derek Jeter suffered a calf injury on June 13 that required his fifth stint on the 15-day disabled list, and his first since 2003.

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Rehabilitating from his injury in Tampa, Derek Jeter worked on his swing with Denbo, his former minor league manager.

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Derek Jeter credited the turnaround to his work with Denbo; Long acknowledged that his attempt to adjust Jeter's swing did not work.

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On July 9,2011, Derek Jeter recorded his 3,000th career hit, a home run off of David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Derek Jeter finished the day with five hits in five at-bats, the second player to have five hits on the day he achieved his 3,000th hit.

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Derek Jeter became the second player to hit a home run for his 3,000th hit, Wade Boggs having done so in 1999.

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Derek Jeter is the only member of the 3,000 hit club to record all of his hits with the New York Yankees.

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Derek Jeter joined Honus Wagner as only the second regular shortstop to reach the 3,000 hit plateau.

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Derek Jeter played his 2,402nd game with the Yankees on August 29,2011, breaking Mickey Mantle's record for most games played as a Yankee.

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Derek Jeter finished the 2011 season with 162 hits, his 16th consecutive season with 150 hits, which tied him with Pete Rose for the second-most consecutive 150-hit seasons, one behind Hank Aaron for the MLB record.

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Derek Jeter was honored with the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, given in recognition of charitable endeavors.

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Rodriguez commented that Derek Jeter is playing as he did in 1999, while Girardi said Derek Jeter looks like he is 25 years old.

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Derek Jeter finished the 2012 season with the most hits in MLB.

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Derek Jeter announced on his Facebook page on February 12,2014, that the 2014 season would be his last.

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Derek Jeter was elected to start at shortstop in the 2014 All-Star Game, and batted leadoff for the AL.

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Derek Jeter went 2-for-2, scored one run and received two standing ovations in the four innings he played at the 2014 All-Star Game.

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At 40, Derek Jeter became the oldest player to have two or more hits in an All-Star Game.

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Derek Jeter decided to play exclusively as the designated hitter in the final series of his career, at Fenway Park in Boston, so that his final memories of playing shortstop would be at Yankee Stadium.

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Derek Jeter started at shortstop for the United States national baseball team in the 2006 World Baseball Classic.

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Derek Jeter's play earned him recognition as the shortstop selection on the All-Tournament Team.

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Derek Jeter is considered to be one of the most consistent baseball players of all time.

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Derek Jeter played fewer than 145 games a season only three times in his career: when he dislocated his left shoulder on Opening Day 2003, when he injured his calf in 2011, and in 2013 when he struggled with a myriad of injuries.

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Derek Jeter is currently sixth on the all-time hits list in MLB history.

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An aggressive hitter, Derek Jeter swung at most pitches in the strike zone and many near it.

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Derek Jeter holds MLB postseason records for games played, plate appearances, at-bats, hits, singles, doubles, triples, runs scored, total bases and strikeouts.

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Derek Jeter is fourth in home runs and runs batted in, fifth in base on balls and sixth in stolen bases.

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Derek Jeter won five Gold Glove Awards, trailing only Vizquel, Ozzie Smith, Luis Aparicio, Dave Concepcion, and Mark Belanger for most by a shortstop.

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Derek Jeter was credited with positioning himself well and for a quick release when he threw the ball.

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The 2006 book The Fielding Bible by John Dewan contains an essay by Bill James in which he concluded that Derek Jeter "was probably the most ineffective defensive player in the major leagues, at any position" over his entire career.

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Derek Jeter committed 18 errors in 2007, his highest total since finishing with 24 in 2000.

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At the Yankees' request, Derek Jeter embarked on a rigorous training program to combat the effects of age, by focusing on lateral movement and first-step quickness.

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The controversy over Derek Jeter's fielding became a flash point for the debate over whether the analyses of statistics or subjective observation is the better method to assess a player's defensive ability and for criticism of the Gold Glove Award.

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Derek Jeter maintains homes in Marlboro Township, New Jersey; Greenwood Lake, New York; and the Davis Islands neighborhood of Tampa, Florida.

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Derek Jeter previously owned a penthouse apartment in Manhattan's Trump World Tower.

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Derek Jeter settled a tax dispute regarding his official residence with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance in 2008.

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In December 2002, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner criticized Derek Jeter for staying out until 3 am at a birthday party during the 2002 season, saying that his star shortstop "wasn't totally focused" and that "it didn't sit well" with him.

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Derek Jeter had a well-publicized relationship with singer-songwriter Mariah Carey from 1997 to 1998.

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Derek Jeter has dated model Vida Guerra, former Miss Universe Lara Dutta, singer Joy Enriquez, television personality Vanessa Minnillo, and the actresses Jordana Brewster, Jessica Biel, and Minka Kelly.

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Derek Jeter is Catholic, having been raised in the faith, attending Catholic schools as a child and identifying with the faith while playing for the Yankees.

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Derek Jeter serves as a brand development officer for Luvo Inc and has investment interests in multi-channel video network company, Whistle Sports Network.

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Derek Jeter explored purchasing the Buffalo Bills football team in 2014.

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Derek Jeter joined the board of Rockefeller Capital Management in April 2021.

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In July 2017, Derek Jeter engaged in the bidding for ownership of the Miami Marlins.

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On February 28,2022, Derek Jeter announced that he would no longer serve as CEO of the Marlins or hold any shares in the club.

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On September 8,2022, Derek Jeter announced that he joined entrepreneur Brian Lee and multiple capital venture firms in launching a card grading, storage vault, and marketplace platform named Arena Club.

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Derek Jeter created the Turn 2 Foundation, a charitable organization, in 1996.

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In 2012, Derek Jeter received an honorary doctorate from Siena College honoring him for his foundation's work.

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Since 2009, Derek Jeter has served as an ambassador for Weplay, a website designed to encourage children to get involved in sports.

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In 2018, Derek Jeter donated furniture and household items to families forced to relocate by Hurricane Irma.

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Derek Jeter has appeared in national ad campaigns for Nike, Gatorade, Fleet Bank, Subway, Ford, VISA, Discover Card, Florsheim, Gillette, Skippy, and XM Satellite Radio.

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Derek Jeter endorses a cologne named Driven, designed in collaboration with and distributed by Avon.

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In 2006, Derek Jeter was the second-highest paid endorser in baseball, behind Ichiro Suzuki, who received endorsement deals in Japan.

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Derek Jeter was ranked as the most marketable player in baseball according to the 2003,2005, and 2010 Sports Business Surveys.

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Derek Jeter has appeared on television as a guest actor in the sitcom Seinfeld in the episode titled, "The Abstinence" and Saturday Night Live, a late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show, in episode 7 during season 27.

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Derek Jeter had cameo appearances in the comedy films Anger Management and The Other Guys.

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Derek Jeter was the subject of a 2005 segment on the TV news magazine 60 Minutes and a 2014 episode of Finding Your Roots, a Public Broadcasting Service television series.

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Derek Jeter appears as a character in the Broadway play Bronx Bombers.

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Derek Jeter made an appearance alongside Peyton Manning to celebrate Saturday Night Lives 40th Anniversary in February 2015.

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On January 21,2020, Derek Jeter was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as part of its class of 2020 in his first year of eligibility, only one vote shy of being only the second unanimous selection in Hall of Fame history.

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Derek Jeter was formally enshrined in a ceremony on September 8,2021, in Cooperstown, New York.

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