That puts Jeter ahead of the pace set by Pete Rose, the career hits leader, who retired at age 45 with 4,256. Jeter is signed for two more years, with a player option for 2014, but he said Thursday that Rose was not on his radar.
“You have to play another five years and get 200 hits to get that extra thousand,” Jeter said. “You’re talking about a long, long time. You never say never, but it’s not something that’s on my mind.”
Derek’s girlfriend Minka Kelly was in a luxury box watching the baseball great hitting his 3,000th career hit Saturday with a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium.
Kelly, 31, who is preparing for her role on ABC’s upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot, was among Jeter’s family and friends at the game.