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Groch: 3,000 was a given (19 years ago)

Posted on: July 7, 2011 8:08 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 10:45 pm
 
NEW YORK -- Years later, the line is so famous that scouts around baseball repeat it.

It's from 1992, the year Derek Jeter was drafted. Jeter had signed a letter of intent to go to the University of Michigan, and someone told Yankees scout Dick Groch, "He's going to Michigan."

"Derek Jeter isn't going to Michigan," Groch replied. "He's going to Cooperstown."

First, though, he's going to get his 3,000th hit. And Groch, now a special assistant with the Brewers, is at Yankee Stadium this weekend to see it.

But you might say he saw it 19 years ago, watching Jeter as a 17-year-old in Kalamazoo, Mich. You might say he expected this, when he convinced the Yankees to draft Jeter with the sixth pick overall, then helped convince Jeter to sign.

"What's the big deal [with 3,000 hits]?" Groch said. "You didn't expect this from Derek Jeter?"

It is a big deal, though, and that's why Yankees general manager Brian Cashman personally invited Groch to come to New York to see it. It's why Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told Groch to go, even though the Brewers were in the middle of meetings to plan their strategy for the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline.

"This only happens once," Groch said.

Jeter said after the game that he was happy to see Groch.

"He was the first symbol of the Yankee organization I met," Jeter said.

When they talked briefly before Thursday's game, Groch told Jeter he wouldn't mind spending the weekend in New York, so "take your time."

Jeter's response? He told Groch he planned to get three hits Thursday, to get to 3,000.

He got one, on the very first pitch he saw. Then he ended the night still with 2,998.

Groch signed many players who went on to play in the big leagues, but only one that he ticketed for the Hall of Fame before his first professional game.

Only one Derek Jeter.

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Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Groch: 3,000 was a given (19 years ago)

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Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2011 11:25 am
 

Groch: 3,000 was a given (19 years ago)

only players with 10 seasons of 190+ hits and a .400 slg %: 

Ty Cobb, Pete Rose, Stan Musial, Derek Jeter



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2011 11:12 am
 

Groch: 3,000 was a given (19 years ago)

Knobler, cmon man go down to the JC Penney photo studio and get a a new pic
You look like you are on a sex offender registry with the one you go up there now..geeesh


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