Yankees SS Derek Jeter, Mets OF Bobby Abreu and White Sox 1B Paul Konerko played for the final time Sunday.
Jeter reprised Mickey Mantle’s finale 46 years ago, ending a storied Yankees career at Fenway Park with an RBI-single for his 3,465th career hit. Jeter drew a standing ovation from a fan base he’s tormented the last 20 seasons after being pulled for pinch runner Brian McCann.
Abreu started for the first time since July 25, notching a walk before completing his final at bat with a hit. He was pulled by Mets manager Trry Collins for pinch runner Eric Young, Jr. Collins was Abreu’s first manager when he debuted for the Houston Astros in 1996. The Mets thumped the Astros, 8-3, as Abreu watched his Venezuelan countryman Jose Altuve secure his first batting title.
Konerko went 0-3 against the Kansas City Royals and was pulled for Andy Wilkins. Konerko is the 10th first baseman to total at least 400 home runs and 400 doubles for his career. The White Sox lifer with an ALCS MVP and a World Series ring was traded twice — by the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds — before finishing the rest of his 16-year-career in Chicago.