Scoring change alters history for Jeter, Wagner
NEW YORK – Turns out, the hit that tied Derek Jeter with Honus Wagner came a day later than everyone thought.
Major League Baseball made an official scoring change yesterday that took away an infield single from Jeter on Aug. 8 and instead charged Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana with an error on the play.
Originally, that hit pulled Jeter even with Wagner for sixth place on baseball’s career list at 3,430. Now, it’s an infield single the next day against the Indians that moved Jeter up the chart. And it was his double on Aug. 11 in Baltimore that pushed him ahead of Wagner.
Jeter said he has the souvenir ball from that double, thanks to New York Yankees head athletic trainer Steve Donohue.
“So there’s no story,” Jeter said before the Yankees played Houston. “If it was the last hit I’d ever gotten, it would be a story.”
The star shortstop, who plans to retire after this season, began the night with 3,435 hits. Tris Speaker is fifth on the career list with 3,514.
The Yankees said it was Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer who requested the play be reviewed by MLB. The change saved him two earned runs.