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Jeter’s Race to 3,000th Hit to Be Subject of HBO Documentary

Yankees' Derek Jeter
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees hits a ground ball for an out during the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 4, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photographer: Jason Miller/Getty Images

Derek Jeter’s march to his 3,000th hit as a New York Yankee will be the subject of a Major League Baseball-produced documentary that will air on Time Warner Inc.’s HBO Sports.

Jeter, 37, who came off the disabled list yesterday after recovering from a right-calf injury, is six hits short of becoming the 28th Major League Baseball player and first in a Yankees uniform to reach the milestone.

“Hopefully, fans will enjoy getting to see a sneak peek at the journey,” Jeter said in a statement. “It has been a lot of fun working with HBO Sports and MLB Productions to capture this milestone in a special and unique way.”

The one-hour special will be titled “Derek Jeter 3K,” and will be shown after hundreds of hours of film are edited, HBO spokesman Kevin Flaherty said.

Cameras have been following Jeter at home and at the park. The special will include footage from MLB Productions archives from his early days with the Yankees through his five World Series championships, according to a release from MLB.

It will include interviews with Yankees co-owner Hal Steinbrenner, General Manager Brian Cashman, manager Joe Girardi, former manager Joe Torre, teammates Curtis Granderson and Mariano Rivera, and fiancee Minka Kelly, Flaherty said.

“The buzz we’ve all seen during the buildup to this milestone is a clear indication of how Derek transcends the game on the field,” Chris Tully, Major League Baseball senior vice president, broadcasting said in a statement. “This is an ideal occasion for us to document what he’s going through on a day-to-day basis.”

Jeter went 0-for-4 last night after completing a two-game rehabilitation with New York’s minor-league affiliate in Trenton, New Jersey. He got his 2,994th hit on June 13 against the Cleveland Indians and was voted to the American League All-Star team for the 12th time two days ago.

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