Derek Jeter: Baseball’s Postseason Marathon Man (Chart)
Tonight, weather permitting, Derek Jeter will play in his 155th career playoff game when the Yankees take on the Orioles in game 3 of the 2012 ALDS. That will be 30 more than the next most postseason games played, Jorge Posada’s 125.
The seemingly ageless Jeter is hitting .444 in the series after finishing the regular season with a .316 batting average, 15 home runs and 58 RBI from the leadoff spot – a remarkable year for most players, let alone one 38 years of age.
The effect of the current expanded playoffs is no more in evidence than looking at World Series appearances, the only postseason play prior to the institution of the first League Championship Series in 1969. While Jeter has 38 World Series appearances, Yogi Berra had 75 – the clear leader in this category. Sure, there are more playoff games now, but there are also more MLB teams – and it is arguably harder to reach the World Series.
Here are the 20 top postseason appearance leaders, courtesy of businessinsider.com.