2013 MLB milestones revisited

The 2013 season had many potential milestones. Which ones were achieved and which were never reached? Photo: Derek Jeter was plagued by injuries in 2013/AP

LOS ANGELES, September 24, 2013 — Going into the season there were some impressive milestones that were within the grasp a few major leaguers. Wells On Baseball previewed these at the start of the year, from Derek Jeter looking to move up on the hits list and Alex Rodriguez looking to pass Willie Mays on the all-time homeruns list to pitchers reaching 200 wins and 2000 strikeouts. Here is a look at how these players did in regards to reaching these milestones.

Raul Ibanez entered the season needing 117 hits to reach 2000 hits for his career. Ibanez is currently seven hits shy of that milestone. The Mariners play five more games this season, so there is a chance that Ibanez can get there this year.

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Derek Jeter battled injury all year and has only been able to appear in 17 games for a total of 73 plate appearances. Jeter needed 277 total bases to reach 5000 for his career, he has just 16. Those 16 total bases, however, were good enough to move Jeter into the top ten for total bases, knocking Eddie Collins out. Jeter needed 81 runs to move past Stan Musual and into tenth on the all-time list. He scored just eight runs.

Andy Pettitte/AP

Alex Rodriguez too battled injuries to start the year. A-Rod has appeared in 42 games this year for the Yankees. He needed 14 homeruns going into this season to pass Willie Mays on the all-time list, now he needs seven more homeruns. Rodriguez picked up 19 of the needed 47 RBIs to pass Barry Bonds. He did pass Stan Musual and sits in sixth place all-time for RBIs.

Jim Thome did not end up signing with any team. Ken Griffey Jr.’s sixth spot on the homerun list is safe. Much to his chagrin, Reggie Jackson still holds on to the top spot on the all-time strikeout list by a 50 strike out margin over Thome.

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Andy Pettitte made his 500th career start and also recorded his 250th career win. Three pitchers, Roy Halladay, CC Sabathia and Tim Hudson, earned their 200th career victories. Injury prevented Johan Santana from getting the 12 strikeouts he needed to reach 2000 for his career, but A.J. Burnett and Ryan Dempster were both able to surpass the 2000 strikeout mark for their careers.

Derek Jeter has a player option for next season. He has not said whether or not he will pick up his option, but after seeing Mariano Rivera’s farewell tour, it would not be a surprise to see Captain Intangibles want his own in 2014.

With Alex Rodriguez facing a 211-game suspension that will start next season pending an arbitrator’s decision, Mays’ place at fourth on the list should remain safe for a while.

Jim Thome and Andy Pettitte are both most likely done for their careers. Johan Santana will probably get those 12 strikeouts, but they most likely will not be in a Mets uniform.

Kevin J. Wells is the Sports Editor for The Washington Times Communities and also writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball

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Kevin J Wells

Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR. Kevin has been both a sports and entertainment columnist and editor for The Washington Times Communities since January 2013.

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