In his first professional game, Jeter failed to get a hit in seven at-bats, going 0-for-7, while striking out five times.
During the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike, Gene Michael, the Yankees' general manager, offered Jeter the opportunity to work out for the MLB team with replacement players in spring training before the 1995 season.Jeter denied receiving the offer, and did not cross the picket line. Jeter traveled with the team during the 1995 American League Division Series (ALDS), though he was not on the active roster. After Fernández batted a disappointing .245 and appeared in only 108 games due to injuries in 1995, newly hired Yankees manager Joe Torre asserted that Jeter would be the starting shortstop for the 1996 season, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, often skeptical of younger players, was not convinced.As a precaution, the Yankees signed Tony Fernández to a two-year contract.With Fernández the starting shortstop, the Yankees assigned Jeter to Class AAA.The following year, he became the Yankees' starting shortstop, won the Rookie of the Year Award, and helped the team win the 1996 World Series.
Jeter continued to contribute during the team's championship seasons of 1998–2000; he finished third in voting for the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award in 1998, recorded multiple career-high numbers in 1999, and won both the All-Star Game MVP and World Series MVP Awards in 2000.The latest Direc TV commercial features their new “Genie” technology where apparently one can record 5 shows at once.Well, to be honest, while watching this Bengals/Texans game I didn’t really pay attention to the technology in the commercial as much as I did the girl who is the “Genie.” She’s stunning!Jeter became the 28th player to reach 3,000 hits and finished his career sixth all-time in career hits and the all-time MLB leader in hits by a shortstop.The Yankees drafted Jeter out of high school in 1992, and he debuted in the major leagues at age 21 in 1995.He holds many postseason records, and has a .321 batting average in the World Series.