By C. Trent Rosecrans
Derek Jeter became the 28th member of the 3,000 hit club and the fourth-youngest. He also became just the second player in history to hit a home run for his 3,000th hit, joining Wade Boggs.told the St. Petersburg Times that he wasn't surprised that Jeter hit a homer for his 3,000th hit.
"I pretty much expected it," Boggs told the newspaper. "Because he's Derek Jeter."
Boggs added he didn't expect a routine grounder up the middle: "That's not New York style. You've got to do it with flare."
Boggs was Jeter's teammate with the Yankees in 1995 when Jeter recorded his first hit and played with him until 1997. With four hits on Saturday, Jeter stands at 3,002 for his career, eight behind Boggs' mark of 3,010.
It's no surprise that 17 of the 28 members of the 3,000 hit club did it on a single, but Paul Molitor's triple is now even more rare than homers for Jeter and Boggs to reach the milestone. Molitor is the only player in history to triple for his 3,000th hit.
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It should be noted that nobody is quite sure when Cap Anson got his 3,000th hit because in the 1887 season, walks counted as hits. He also played five seasons in the National Association which is sometimes counted as a "major league," but sometimes it's not. According to MLB.com, Anson has 3,418 hits, while Baseball-Reference.com gives him 3,435 -- both count his time in the National Association and don't count his 1887 walks. The two differ on his total in 1889. Meanwhile, the Hall of Fame doesn't count his time in the National Association, but does count his walks in 1887 for a total of 3,081.