CLEVELAND -- Derek Jeter's return to the Yankees' lineup means a return to the pursuit of his 3,000th hit. Indians manager Manny Acta hopes he achieves the feat soon.
"I can't wait for him to get it done," Acta said. "Has anybody represented this game in our era better than that guy? He's one of the few legends that's still playing."
The Yankees activated Jeter off the 15-day disabled list after he missed three weeks with a strained calf, suffered June 13 against the Indians. The shortstop entered Monday's game six hits shy of earning entry into the 3,000-hit club.
Although Jeter is batting .260 with two homers and 20 RBIs, Acta is more impressed by his professionalism and class. Acta even suggested a job Jeter could excel at once he hangs up his cleats.
"If MLB opens a school teaching guys how to act and conduct themselves," Acta said, "[Jeter], Tom Glavine and a few other guys I've run into in my career should be teaching the classes."
Acta said he didn't care when Jeter notches hit No. 3,000, as long as it doesn't hinder a Cleveland victory.
"A great story will be if he gets it at [Yankee Stadium]," Acta said. "But if he gets six hits tonight and we win, I'll be fine, too."