MLB Ready To Deploy Marked Baseballs For Derek Jeter’s 3,000th Hit

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Yankees shortstop and captain Derek Jeter is just four hits away from 3,000.

After he reaches hit number 2,999, every time he steps to the plate, a new ball will be put into play.

“We’re trying to mark a historical moment in time here,” says Dan Weinberg, Major League Baseball’s vice president of licensing.

Weinberg said each of the potential milestone baseballs will be marked with a letter and number — and a mystery mark.

“And then there’s a covert mark, which is another mark that only we know of at Major League Baseball,” he said.

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The milestone ball could be worth a lot of money.

“We’re not in the game of actually determining how much money it could or could not be worth. We want to make sure that the milestone is reached with authenticity,” he says.

Some of the marked balls are with the Yankees in Cleveland right now, though manager Joe Girardi said Jeter may sit for the series finale on Wednesday.

If No. 3,000 somehow landed in your hands, what would you do with it? Let us know in the comments below…

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  • Chris Astrella

    I would give it back to Jeter. My only request would be to meet him and to get an autograph on something (bat, ball, picture, whatever). That ball is one of the most important milestones a player could have, and he deserves to have it.

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