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Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter
Jeter batting for the Yankees against the Orioles in 2008.
A man in a grey baseball uniform with a navy helmet prepares to swing at a pitch
MLB Player information
NameDerek Jeter
MLB debutMay 29, 1995 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
Batting average.313
On-base percentage.383
Home runs240
Runs batted in1196
*New York Yankees (1995 present)
*12× All-Star (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) *5× World Series champion (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009) *5× Gold Glove Award winner (2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010) *4× Silver Slugger Award winner (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) *2× AL Hank Aaron Award winner (2006, 2009) *1996 AL Rookie of the Year Award *2000 All-Star Game MVP Award *2000 World Series MVP Award *2009 Roberto Clemente Award *New York Yankees team captain (2003 present) *New York Yankees career hits record *New York Yankees career stolen bases record

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Derek Sanderson Jeter (c-eniconˈdʒiːtər; born June 26, 1974) is an American baseball shortstop who has played 17 years in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees. A twelve-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, Jeter's clubhouse presence, on-field leadership, hitting ability, and baserunning have made him a central figure of the franchise during the Yankees' success of the 1990s and 2000s. Due to his impact on the team, he has served as the Yankees' team captain since 2003. He is regarded as a consummate professional by teammates and opponents alike, and has a reputation as a reliable contributor in the postseason.

Jeter was drafted out of high school by the Yankees organization in 1992, and he debuted in the Major Leagues in 1995. The following year, he became the Yankees' starting shortstop and won the Rookie of the Year Award. In addition, Jeter's achievements include four Silver Slugger Awards, five Gold Glove awards, All-Star Game MVP Award, World Series MVP Award, and membership in the 3,000 hit club.

Many players and coaches consider Jeter to be one of the best players of his generation. He is the all-time hits leader among shortstops, and his .317 career batting average through the 2009 season ranks as the fifth-highest among active players. He has been among the American League (AL) leaders in hits and runs scored for the past ten years. He is the all-time Yankees hit leader, having passed Hall of Fame member Lou Gehrig in 2009. Sportswriters anticipate that Jeter will be inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame following his playing career.

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