Derek Jeter had quite the successful career in baseball, to say the least. He spent his entire 20-year MLB playing career as a loyal shortstop for the New York Yankees. In his very first year on the team, 21-year-old Jeter helped bring the Yankees to victory in the 1996 World Series, and he was named Rookie of the Year. What followed were 19 more years as the Yankees’ star player. Although the 5-time World Series champion retired in 2014, he still holds the Yankees’ record for the most number of hits, games played, doubles, bases stolen, times on base, appearances on plate, and at bats. Over the length of his career, he won 5 Gold Glove Awards, 5 Silver Slugger Awards, 2 Hank Aaron Awards, and one Roberto Clemente Award. By the time he retired, he was ranked the 6th player in all MLB history in number of career hits and was number 1 among shortstops.
With a career like his, it’s no wonder why Jeter is still considered one of the highest-paid Major League Baseball players of all time. He played a total of 20 seasons, and his highest single-season salary was a whopping $22.6 million. His high earnings placed him on number 2, right behind teammate Alex Rodriguez, who made $33 million.
Besides being a famous professional baseball star, Jeter is also known for his life off the field. And when we say life, we mean specifically his dating life. It is not surprising that with success, money, fame and looks like his, he could easily land pretty much any woman he wanted. Well, that is exactly what Jeter did. Celebrity tabloids adored Jeter and all of the relationship gossip that came along with him. In the early 2000s, it seemed like he was popping up with a new date nearly every couple of months. And Jeter didn’t just appear with any random girl – he clearly had a type. And when we say type, we mean specifically beautiful fashion models and movie stars.
After years and years of seeing Jeter with numerous ladies, many of us were starting to wonder if the bachelor was ever going to settle down and commit to just one woman. In 2015, he shook the world with his news that he had finally found “the one!” Obviously, she is a stunningly young supermodel, but at least he finally put a ring on it!
We are truly happy for Derek, and to celebrate, let’s take a look at the (many) gorgeous ladies who came before Mrs. Derek Jeter.
Before Derek Jeter was a married man, he dated Minka Kelly. Minka is the only child of the former Aerosmith guitar player, Rick Dufay. Although she didn’t follow a career in music like her talented father, she is doing pretty darn well as an actress. The brunette beauty has appeared in several movies and television shows, but is probably most well-known for her role in NBC’s Friday Night Lights.