3,000 hit club

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Pete Rose is the all-time MLB hits leader with 4,256 hits

In Major League Baseball (MLB), the 3,000 hit club is the group of batters who have collected 3,000 or more regular-season hits in their careers. Cap Anson was the first to do so, although his precise career hit total is unclear.[a] Two players—Nap Lajoie and Honus Wagner—reached 3,000 hits during the 1914 season. Ty Cobb became the club's fourth member in 1921 and became the first player in MLB history to reach 4,000 hits in 1927; he ultimately finished his career with 4,191.[7][b] Pete Rose became the second player to reach 4,000 hits on April 13, 1984 while playing for the Montreal Expos.[12] Cobb, also the major leagues' all-time career batting average leader, remained the MLB hit leader until September 11, 1985, when Rose collected his 4,192nd hit.[13] Rose, the current record holder, finished his career with 4,256 hits. Roberto Clemente's career ended with precisely 3,000 hits, reaching the mark in the last at bat of his career on September 30, 1972.[14][15][c]

In total, 32 players have reached the 3,000 hit mark in MLB history. Of these, 17 were right-handed batters, 13 were left-handed, and two were switch hitters. Ten of these players have played for only one major league team. Six players—Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Eddie Murray, Rafael Palmeiro, Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez—are also members of the 500 home run club. At .367, Cobb holds the highest career batting average among club members, while Cal Ripken Jr. holds the lowest at .276. Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and Wade Boggs are the only players to hit a home run for their 3,000th hit, and Paul Molitor and Ichiro Suzuki are the only players to hit a triple for their 3,000th; all others hit a single or double. Craig Biggio was thrown out at second base attempting to stretch his 3,000th hit, a single, into a double.[18] Biggio and Jeter are the only players whose 3,000th hit came in a game where they had five hits; Jeter reached base safely in all of his at bats.[19] The most recent player to join the club is Pujols, who collected his 3,000th hit on May 4, 2018, while playing for the Los Angeles Angels.[20]

Baseball writer Josh Pahigian writes that reaching 3,000 hits has been "long considered the greatest measure of superior bat handling", and it is often described as a guarantee of eventual entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame.[21][22][23][24] All eligible players with 3,000 or more career hits with the exception of Palmeiro, whose career has been tainted by steroid allegations, have been elected to the Hall, and since 1962 all who have been inducted were elected on the first ballot, except for Biggio. Rose is ineligible for the Hall of Fame because he was permanently banned from baseball in 1989.[25][26] After four years on the ballot, Palmeiro failed to be named on 5% of ballots in 2014, and accordingly his name was removed from the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot for future elections, although it is possible that the Veterans Committee could select him.[27] Twenty-one different teams have had a player reach 3,000 hits.

Key[edit]

Cap Anson reached 3,000 hits on July 18, 1897, and was the first player to do so.
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In 1927, Ty Cobb became the first player to collect 4,000 hits.
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Paul Molitor was the first to triple for his 3,000th hit.
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Derek Jeter (left) and Dave Winfield (right) are both members.
Albert Pujols is the most recent member of the 3,000 hit club.
Player Name of the player
Hits Career hits
Average Career batting average
Date Date of the player's 3,000th hit
Team The batter's team for his 3,000th hit
Seasons The seasons this player played in the major leagues
3,000th hit The type of hit the batter recorded for his 3,000th hit
dagger Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
double-dagger Player is active

Members[edit]

Statistics are updated through the 2019 season.
Player Hits Average Date Team Seasons 3,000th hit Ref
Pete Rose 4,256 .303 May 5, 1978 Cincinnati Reds 1963–1986 Single [28]
Ty Cobbdagger 4,191[b] .367 August 19, 1921 Detroit Tigers 1905–1928 [10]
Hank Aarondagger 3,771 .305 May 17, 1970 Atlanta Braves 1954–1976 [29]
Stan Musialdagger 3,630 .331 May 13, 1958 St. Louis Cardinals 1941–1944, 1946–1963 Double [30]
Tris Speakerdagger 3,514 .345 May 17, 1925 Cleveland Indians 1907–1928 Single [31]
Derek Jeter 3,465 .310 July 9, 2011 New York Yankees 1995–2014 Home run [32]
Honus Wagnerdagger 3,430 .329 June 9, 1914 Pittsburgh Pirates 1897–1917 Double [33]
Carl Yastrzemskidagger 3,419 .285 September 12, 1979 Boston Red Sox 1961–1983 Single [34]
Paul Molitordagger 3,319 .306 September 16, 1996 Minnesota Twins 1978–1998 Triple [35]
Eddie Collinsdagger 3,315 .333 June 3, 1925 Chicago White Sox 1906–1930 Single [36]
Willie Maysdagger 3,283 .302 July 18, 1970 San Francisco Giants 1951–1952, 1954–1973 [37]
Eddie Murraydagger 3,255 .287 June 30, 1995 Cleveland Indians 1977–1997 [38]
Nap Lajoiedagger 3,252[d] .339 September 27, 1914 Cleveland Naps 1896–1916 Double [40]
Albert Pujols 3,202 .300 May 4, 2018 Los Angeles Angels 2001–present [42]
Cal Ripken Jr.dagger 3,184 .276 April 15, 2000 Baltimore Orioles 1981–2001 Single [43]
Adrián Beltré 3,166 .286 July 30, 2017 Texas Rangers 1998–2018 Double [44]
George Brettdagger 3,154 .305 September 30, 1992 Kansas City Royals 1973–1993 Single [45]
Paul Wanerdagger 3,152 .333 June 19, 1942 Boston Braves 1926–1945 [46]
Robin Yountdagger 3,142 .285 September 9, 1992 Milwaukee Brewers 1974–1993 [47]
Tony Gwynndagger 3,141 .338 August 6, 1999 San Diego Padres 1982–2001 [48]
Alex Rodriguez 3,115 .295 June 19, 2015 New York Yankees 1994–2013, 2015–2016 Home run [49]
Dave Winfielddagger 3,110 .283 September 16, 1993 Minnesota Twins 1973–1995 Single [50]
Ichiro Suzuki 3,089 .311 August 7, 2016 Miami Marlins 2001–2019 Triple [51]
Craig Biggiodagger 3,060 .281 June 28, 2007 Houston Astros 1988–2007 Single [52]
Rickey Hendersondagger 3,055 .279 October 7, 2001 San Diego Padres 1979–2003 Double [53]
Rod Carewdagger 3,053 .328 August 4, 1985 California Angels 1967–1985 Single [54]
Lou Brockdagger 3,023 .293 August 13, 1979 St. Louis Cardinals 1961–1979 [55]
Rafael Palmeiro 3,020 .288 July 15, 2005 Baltimore Orioles 1986–2005 Double [56]
Cap Ansondagger 3,011[a] .331 July 18, 1897[a] Chicago Colts 1871–1897 Single [6]
Wade Boggsdagger 3,010 .328 August 7, 1999 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1982–1999 Home run [57]
Al Kalinedagger 3,007 .297 September 24, 1974 Detroit Tigers 1953–1974 Double [58]
Roberto Clementedagger 3,000 .317 September 30, 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates 1955–1972 [59]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Two major factors have confused Anson's precise hit total. First, a rule which existed for only the 1887 MLB season counted walks as hits.[1] Additionally, Anson played five seasons in the National Association (NA), which is not always recognized as an official "major league".[1][2] MLB.com credits Anson with 3,011 career hits, not including his time in the NA or his walks in 1887.[3] Baseball-Reference credits him with 3,435 hits, including his time in the NA, not including his walks in 1887, and differing with MLB.com over his hit total in 1894.[4] The Hall of Fame shows 3,081 hits for Anson, including his walks in 1887 (for a total of 224 hits that season) but not including NA playing time.[5] Elias Sports Bureau also credits him with 3,081 hits.[6] The date listed comes from MLB.com, using their hit totals for Anson.
  2. ^ a b MLB.com and the Hall of Fame credit Cobb with 4,191 hits,[8][9] while Baseball-Reference lists 4,189; the discrepancy is due to a possible double-counted game in 1910.[10][11]
  3. ^ This was not Clemente's last game, however, as he entered his next and final game as a defensive substitution and did not bat.[14][16] Clemente died during the following offseason on December 31, 1972.[17]
  4. ^ MLB.com credits Lajoie with 3,252 hits,[39] while Baseball-Reference and the 3,000 hit club page on MLB.com list 3,243 and 3,242, respectively.[40][41]

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