Derek Jeter snapped the second-longest slump of his career tonight, singling off Rays right-hander Alex Cobb to break a streak of 28 straight hitless at-bats. His worst career slump remains 0-for-32 in 2004.
Jeter carried a .277 batting average into August of his 20th and final season, but the 40-year-old shortstop has hit just .179 with one home run and five walks in 39 games since then to drop his season line to .249 with a .595 OPS.
His previous career-low batting average in a full season was .270 in 2010, after which Jeter bounced back to hit .297 in 2011 and .316 in 2012 before missing most of 2013 while injured.
As an aside: Bryan Hoch of MLB.com wrote a light, well-done article about Jeter’s coffee-drinking habits, which I think Yankees fans and non-Yankees fans alike will enjoy reading.