5 things to know about Jeter's debut ...

On this date in 1995, Derek Jeter made his major league debut in Seattle as the Yankees starting shortstop, hitting ninth in the lineup and going 0-for-5.

Yankees manager Buck Showalter told the New York media that day:

"I don't want to get into what Derek has to do to stay up. We want him to relax and do what he's capable of doing. We hope Derek makes us a better club."

It's fair to say he's done that and then some. Here are a few notes and tidbits on what Jeter has done, courtesy of ESPN Stats and Information.

1: Jeter has 2,979 hits since May 29, 1995. That's the most of any player. Who happens to be second? Jeter's teammate, Alex Rodriguez, with exactly 2,700. Jeter's ex-teammate, Johnny Damon, is third with 2,622.

2: Jeter made two assists in that game, both on double plays, the first as the relay man on a 1-6-3 twin-killing hit into by a man who played play a prominent role in the Yankees championship run later in his career, Luis Sojo.

3: Jeter is now the Yankees all-time leader in at-bats, hits, stolen bases, ground-ball double plays, and time hit by a pitch. With 2,343 games played, he is closing in on Mickey Mantle's team mark of 2,401.

4: The Yankees win-loss record at the time of Jeter's recall? They were 13-14 (the season started late that year because of the labor dispute that also cancelled the 1994 World Series). The Yankees have never finished a season under .500 with Jeter on their roster.

5: Jeter's first game was actually quite a game. The Yankees blew leads of 5-1 and 7-4, falling on a walk-off home run by Rich Amaral in the 12th inning. But we're guessing not too many people other than Amaral (and maybe Jeter) remember that fact.