Mailbag: Upcoming Milestones

Yoenis Cespedes, The Encore
Mat Latos and the cost of a young ace
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Daniel asks: Last season we got to see Jeter and Mariano reach milestones in their careers. What’s on tap for this upcoming season? A-Rod is quietly approaching the 3000 mark but seems out of reach for 2012, so what else could there be this season?

Yeah, Alex Rodriguez needs 225 hits to get number 3,000, but that’s unlikely for next season even if he stays completely healthy and plays in 150+ games. Alex also needs 107 RBI to become the fourth player ever with 2,000 RBI (Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Cap Anson), and that’s not out of reach if he stays on the field. Thirty-two homers would move him passed Ken Griffey Jr. and Willie Mays on the all-time homer list and into sole possession of fourth place at 661. The three guys ahead of him all have 714+. Interestingly enough, if he manages to play in exactly 150 games, he will have played more games for the Yankees than he did for the Mariners and Rangers combined. That seems a little crazy, no?

Derek Jeter is eight away from his 500th double, and 13 doubles would move him into 50th place on the all-time list. He also needs eleven stolen bases for 350 in his career, and 25 to move into 100th place on the all-time list. The Cap’n has stolen 25 bases just once in the last five years though. If he plays in at least half the team’s games in 2012, he’ll move into 50th place on the all-time games played list at 2,500. Another ten homers and he’ll be at 250 for his career as well. If he manages to do all those things this year, he’ll become the first player in history with those milestones (500 doubles, 250 homers, 350 steals) to have played at least 75% of his career games at short.

With some real good run support, CC Sabathia could make a run at his 200th career win this season, but even then he needs to get 24 of ’em. So figure early 2013 for that milestone. Four more losses and he’ll be at 100 for his career, and I guess that’s kinda sorta a milestone. Freddy Garcia needs five more wins for 150 and five more losses for 100. If Phil Hughes manages to win 14 games, he’ll be at 50 for his career. Mariano Rivera has made at least 58 appearances in each of the last nine seasons, and if he does it again in 2012, he’ll be at 1,100 for his career. That would be the most ever by a right-handed pitcher and the fourth most all-time, behind southpaws Jesse Orosco, Mike Stanton, and John Franco.

Robinson Cano is six homers away from the 150th of his career while Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher are 33 and 15 homers away from number 200, respectively. Mark Teixeira is closing in on his 1,500th hit (33 away), his 350th double (22 away), and his 350th homer (36 away). He’d become just the fifth switch-hitter in history with each of those milestones, joining Eddie Murray, Chipper Jones, Lance Berkman, and Chili Davis. Mickey Mantle was six short of 350 career doubles, but also 186 homers clear of 350. Joe Girardi needs 38 more wins for his 500th career as a manager, and 16 more for 400 as a Yankees manager. We’ve been spoiled the last few seasons when it comes to historic milestones, but really the only thing we have to look forward to in 2012 is A-Rod climbing the career homer list. The 2013 season should be a little more fun when it comes to this stuff.

Yoenis Cespedes, The Encore
Mat Latos and the cost of a young ace
  • Mickey S

    The most attainable ones would be A-Rods RBI and HR totals for the players and IMO the most notable ones. Jetes should have the SB and doubles squared away before the ASB and it would be nice to see the Capt hit 10 dingers in 2012, I just don’t see it. Short of something remarkable I don’t see Teix hitting 186 homers to reach 350 this year.

    • Jon Targaryen

      He has 36 homers to go. The 186 referred to how many homers over 350 Mickey was

    • http://yesnet tendollarcard

      who cares what a-fraud does? until they make a mirror that he can wheel out on to the field with him, hes done. hes a multi-millionaire. why would he ever again care about anything except what he looks like? hes not a true yankee. never has been, never will be.

  • Plank

    Isn’t there something about having the same IF and OF on three consecutive opening days? Maybe I’m not remembering that properly.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Cody Ransom

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Nevermind. I forgot what year it was.

    • well you know

      Yes, as things look now, I believe Opening Day 2012 will be the first time in franchise history that will occur.

      Also believe it will be the first time in francise history that the Yanks start the same eight position players and the same starting pitcher on consecutive Opening Days.

      Cashman could really go Groundhog Day on us and keep the same starting lineup until Jeter retires in 2015.

      • Plank

        I truly hope that doesn’t happen.

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  • raisin

    When was the last time two teammates had 3000 hits?

    • Plank

      Does Jeter and Boggs count? I doubt it.

      • Plank

        Nap Lajoie and Tris Speaker? I don’t know if they both had 3000 hits at the same time. I doubt it.

        • Ed

          Cobb and Speaker when they were with the A’s in 1927-1928.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Molitor and Yount

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Actually, Yount and Aaron played together too.

  • Plank

    Palmeiro and Ripken?

    Henderson and Someone?

    • Karl Krawfid

      Henderson and Tony Gwynn would be a combo.

      • greatscott723

        Haha for one game. That was the last game of the 2001 season that Ricket got to 3000 and it was Gwynn’s last career game.

  • CJ

    Mat Latos, whiff!

  • William

    Too bad ARod was juiced on some of those hits. He’s not going into the Hall Of Fame.

  • Ed

    Why bother watching A-Rod climb the steroid infested HR list when you can watch Jeter join immortals on the hit list? Sitting at 3088 he is 22 short of Winfield, 53 to Gwynn, 54 to Yount, 64 to P. Waner, 66 to Brett, 96 to Ripken, 154 to Lajoie, 167 to Murray and 195 to Mays. A decent, injury free season gets him at least to Murray, Mays if he drinks of the Fountain of Youth. He will sit easily at 12th, potentially in the top 10 all-time in the hit list when the season ends, pretty satisfying to me and anybody else who remembers the skinny kid who showed up in 1995. A healthy 2013 could see him in the company of Honus Wagner and if he somehow can maintain through 2014 he could be in the stratospheric land of Speaker and Musial (542 hits to Stan in 3 years = 180 per year, probably a stretch). Anything in the top ten would be wondrous, all things considered.