Marcus: Difference of opinion on baseball stats as Jeter climbs hits list

From Steven Marcus at Newsday on July 30, 2014, with mention of SABR members Sean Forman and Steve Hirdt:

Derek Jeter’s climb on the all-time hits list has reached a statistical difference of opinion. Jeter has either blown past Cap Anson and moved ahead of Honus Wagner — or still has those two Hall of Famers ahead of him.

The Elias Sports Bureau, longtime official record-keeper of Major League Baseball, listed Jeter in seventh with 3,422 career hits. That put him eight behind Wagner’s 3,430., one of the resources used by the Hall of Fame, has Wagner with 3,420. It also has Anson with 3,435, compared with 3,011 by Elias, which does not count the 424 hits Anson collected during 1871-75 in the National Association, forerunner to the National League, where Anson then played 22 years with the Cubs.

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Originally published: July 31, 2014. Last Updated: July 31, 2014.