Even if he had slowly begun fading away this season at age 38, Derek Jeter's place in baseball history would have been secure. He has Enough World Series rings for a whole hand and a guaranteed first-ballot entry into Cooperstown, and his name will be mentioned when discussing the greatest shortstops of all time. What Jeter is doing this season, batting well over .300 and leading the American League in hits, not only has Skip Bayless absurdly insinuating the possibility of steroid use, but also has people wondering if he has a chance to catch Pete Rose. So, does he have a shot?
Coming into Wednesday night's action, Jeter had 3,256 hits and could reasonably expect to finish the season slightly above the 3,300 mark. Using that round number, he would enter 2013 trailing Pete Rose by 956 hits. Assuming that he breaks the 200-hit mark this season, he'd have only to repeat that feat for five more seasons and the record would be his. Not so hard, right? Well, maybe if Jeter was 30, but the task is a lot tougher at his advanced age.