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Monday, December 05, 2022

Yankees’ DJ Lemhieu hits career milestone with 1500th big league hit

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Minneapolis – The first one took a while. In his third major league game, his third at-bat of the day, DJ LeMahieu grounded a single to second base from Jaime Garcia at the top of the eighth inning of the Cubs’ defeat in St.

“Albert Pujols was at first base and he was the first to congratulate me,” LeMahieu said of his first MLB hit back in June 2011. Pujols wished LeMahieu many more hits in this league. “So, I’ll never forget it.”

On Tuesday night, LeMahieu sang twice in the Yankees route to the Twins and reached 1,500 career hits. He knew he was close, but wasn’t sure until manager Aaron Boone congratulated him.

“It’s one of those things that I’ll probably look back on after my career, after my work. But you know stuff like this is a good thing,” Lemhieu said.

It has been a long journey for LeMahieu, who reached his 10th year of service last month. They have won two batting titles and went into a 100-run home game against the Twins at Target Field on Wednesday night.

“I mean, they’re all there. It’s all good, but you know, hopefully there’s more to come,” said LeMahieu, who turns 34 next month.

After a brief shutdown with a wrist problem, LeMahieu is back on track. In the past two weeks, eight games, LeMahieu has been hitting .333/.460/.533 with .993 OPS and a 175 OPS+.

LeMahieu, who was sidelined last September after trying to play through a sports hernia, has been a consistent player for most of his career. The Yankees are looking at it again after a struggle last year.

“I really feel like he’s been really consistent. I don’t want to say he’s been completely unlucky. But, even in June, I think he’s swinging the bat really well But there have been a few games like the other day, he does a line drive out in seconds, he smokes a ball at the center fielder,” Boone said. “He’s been really consistent throughout the season. And I feel like he’s getting on a really good DJ vibe, where he starts getting a few hits a couple of times a week, where now all of a sudden you can give him a number. Let’s go to that other level from his point of view. I think he’s just scratching the surface of that, but I’m happy with the consistency.”

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