Derek Jeter Passes Mickey Mantle as Yankees’ All-Time Leader in Games Played With 2,402

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August 28, 2011

The milestones keep on coming.

Less than two months after becoming the first player in Yankees history to reach 3,000 hits for his career, Derek Jeter has become the team's all-time leader in games played, passing Mickey Mantle with his 2,402nd game on Sunday.

Jeter, who is in the midst of his 17th big-league season, went 0-for-4 against the Orioles at Camden Yards in the first game of a doubleheader.

Camden Yards, of course, was the sight of Cal Ripken Jr. breaking career-Yankee Lou Gehrig's consecutive games streak in 1995. And while Jeter's streak may not be as notable and may merely be a footnote on a long list of accomplishments the shortstop has achieved throughout his career, it's still an impressive feat for the 37-year-old.

Mantle played 2,401 games as a member of the Yankees — the only organization for which he played — from 1951 to 1968 (a span of 18 seasons).

Jeter said he never imagined playing in more games with the Yankees than anyone to ever wear the uniform, according to ESPN.com.

"I don't even think you're aware of anything like that,'' he said. "When you first come up, you're just trying to keep your job and stay here as long as you can. So this one was something I never looked at."

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