(1090 The Fan) — The iconic career of Derek Jeter will come to a close after the 2014 season.
On Wednesday, the longest-tenured captain of the New York Yankees posted a letter on his Facebook page indicating he would be retiring — and reiterated that he “could not be more sure” about his decision to leave the game of baseball. “I know it in my heart,” he wrote. “The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball.”
Jeter, 39, battled an ankle injury throughout the 2013 season and only saw 17 games.
The five-time World Series champion is a no-brainer for the Hall of Fame. He’s a lifetime .312 hitter with 3,316 hits in 19 seasons — all with the Yankees. And, as we look back on Jeter’s career — which still has one more season to go — you may be surprised to see that Jeter’s numbers against Seattle are actually some of his worst.
However, worst is relative. When your worst career batting average against an American League team (sans the Houston Astros) is .283, you obviously aren’t having a tough time at the plate.
At the top of Jeter’s stats are opponents like the Cleveland Indians to whom he holds a line of .338/.399/.460. But there isn’t much of a drop-off after Cleveland — which is why Jeter is considered one of the most consistent players is Major League Baseball. In fact, his only sub-.300 career averages in the AL are against Seattle, the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox.
To date, Jeter has played the Mariners 163 times, starting 161 of them. Below are a list of career offensive statistics against Seattle provided by Sports Reference LLC.
Home Runs: 19
Stolen Bases: 16
Hit by a Pitch: 11
Grounded into a Double Play: 15
-Jeter had 92 plate appearances at the Kingdome and tallied a line of .247/.326/.395
-At Safeco Field, Jeter owns a .316 batting average
-If you take out the Astros (whom Jeter has only played nine career games against), Jeter’s career averages against the AL West are as follows: .333 vs. Angels; .329 vs. Rangers; .309 vs. Athletics; .283 vs. Mariners.
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