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08:16 AM ET 04.17 | It wasn't all that long ago that the notion would seem absurd. Derek Jeter opened the bottom half of the first inning for the Yankees on Monday night with a long home run into the right-field seats at Yankee Stadium. It was the 3,104th hit of his career. No. 3,105 came an inning later on an infield single. The Yankees captain and shortstop has been on a tear since this past July 9, when he roared past the 3,000-hit mark. And it's not a bit preposterous to believe that 4,000 hits is a real possibility, with that lofty plateau just 895 away. "I wouldn't put it [past] him," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said prior to Monday night's rare 7-3 Minnesota win in New York. "He doesn't look like he's aged."

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April 17, 2012  09:55 AM ET

ain't gonna happen....I remember when Tony Gwynn talked about 4,000...an even 5,000

April 17, 2012  09:57 AM ET

That's a pipe dream.....MLB.com must get the good stuff.....pass it this way....:)

April 17, 2012  10:20 AM ET

He'd have to play full time for at least another 4 yrs to accomplish that feat.

April 17, 2012  10:58 AM ET

I don't think so... playing shortstop for that long is just too gruelling. His body is going to start breaking down sooner than later. He doesn't have enough pop to keep him around as a DH or 1st baseman, so prolonging his career will be tough. My all-time favourite ballplayer though, hands down.

April 17, 2012  11:02 AM ET

Hmm, remember when if a player started acting his age around 36 or so, and then suddenly was rejuvenated and acted 10 years younger the rumors immediately started? Why do we not hear any rumors now? Seriously, the guy's 38 and playing like he's 28. Why is he so taboo to say anything about?

April 17, 2012  11:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Hmm, remember when if a player started acting his age around 36 or so, and then suddenly was rejuvenated and acted 10 years younger the rumors immediately started? Why do we not hear any rumors now? Seriously, the guy's 38 and playing like he's 28. Why is he so taboo to say anything about?

Because we are only 10 games into the season, jackazz.

April 17, 2012  12:25 PM ET

I don't think he's going to play long enough to get nearly 900 more hits. For one thing, he's been on 5 World Series winners already, he's made plenty of money. There's no telling at this point when Jete is going to be satisfied and decide to do something else but my guess is it will be sooner rather than later. He's got to be sick of the media too by now.

April 17, 2012  12:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Hmm, remember when if a player started acting his age around 36 or so, and then suddenly was rejuvenated and acted 10 years younger the rumors immediately started? Why do we not hear any rumors now? Seriously, the guy's 38 and playing like he's 28. Why is he so taboo to say anything about?

He's only "started showing his age" last year when he was working on swing changes and working through injury issues. Once he changed his swing back to his original swing and got rested and healthy he was back to doing well.

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April 17, 2012  01:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Hmm, remember when if a player started acting his age around 36 or so, and then suddenly was rejuvenated and acted 10 years younger the rumors immediately started? Why do we not hear any rumors now? Seriously, the guy's 38 and playing like he's 28. Why is he so taboo to say anything about?

Jeter's decline has been grossly exagerated.

April 17, 2012  01:32 PM ET
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OH and by the way - pass Rose first - then talk about 4000.......

Rose has 4000+, I think it is 4000 then Rose.

April 17, 2012  01:54 PM ET

Go Get Um Derek!!!

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April 17, 2012  02:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He'd have to play full time for at least another 4 yrs to accomplish that feat.

And he can't?

April 17, 2012  02:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

ain't gonna happen....I remember when Tony Gwynn talked about 4,000...an even 5,000

Gwynn was also fat and slow in his older years....

April 17, 2012  02:35 PM ET
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He's only "started showing his age" last year when he was working on swing changes and working through injury issues. Once he changed his swing back to his original swing and got rested and healthy he was back to doing well.

And he was pressing for the 3,000 hits..he's hitting .340 since he got his 3,000th hit.

April 17, 2012  02:41 PM ET

Not a Yankees fan.....not one bit. But, Jeter does the game of baseball the way it is supposed

April 17, 2012  03:48 PM ET

HGH anyone?

 
April 17, 2012  04:22 PM ET
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HGH anyone?

You;re in Arlington, TX, the steroid (Gonzalez, Palmiero, I-Rod) capital of the baseball world.
What's Josh on?

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