<
>

Top stats to know: Jeter to retire after 2014

AP Photo/Ed Betz

Derek Jeter will call it a career after 2014. How does he rank among the all-time greats?

Derek Jeter said he will retire after this season. Jeter posted a long letter on his Facebook account Wednesday saying that 2014 will be his last year of playing professional baseball.

Hit machine

Jeter has 3,316 career hits, ninth-most all time. He's only three behind Paul Molitor for the eighth spot.

Even more impressive, all of those hits have come for one team. Jeter currently has the sixth-most hits for one franchise in MLB history.

With 104 more hits with the Yankees, Jeter would surpass Carl Yastrzemski for fourth-most on that list. Only Ty Cobb (Tigers), Stan Musial (Cardinals) and Hank Aaron (Braves) would have more with one franchise.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Jeter needs only 115 more hits to surpass Honus Wagner for most hits by a shortstop.

Since becoming a full-time player in 1996, Jeter has averaged about 184 hits per year (including an injury-shortened 2013 in which he played in only 17 games). If Jeter maintains that pace this season, he will finish his career with exactly 3,500 hits. Only five players would have more.

Derek Jeter Postseason Career

But Jeter's greatest accomplishments might have come when it mattered most.

Jeter has hit .308 in his postseason career. No one has more games played (158), hits (200), runs (111) and total bases (302) in the postseason.

Yankees legend

Jeter has played more games in pinstripes than anyone else. He ranks first in Yankees franchise history in games (2,602), hits (3,316), at-bats (10,614) and stolen bases (348).

Only four players have more wins above replacement in Yankees history than the Captain's 71.6: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio. To catch DiMaggio, Jeter would have to put up a 6.7 WAR season this year, something he has accomplished only twice and most recently in 1999, when Jeter posted an 8.0 WAR.

Jeter's final season as a player will be his 20th with the club, another franchise record.

Cooperstown-bound

SS Elected in 1st Year of Eligibility
Hall of Fame Voting

There's little doubt that Jeter will be headed to Cooperstown when he is eligible in 2020.

He could become the sixth player elected in his first year of eligibility who predominantly played shortstop, joining an illustrious list.

Cal Ripken received 98.53 percent of the Baseball Writers' Association of America vote in 2007, the third-highest percentage all time. Tom Seaver has the highest percentage with 98.84 percent.

Jeter could make a run at that record, adding another to his collection.

--Katie Sharp contributed to this article