List of Major League Baseball career plate appearance leaders

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In baseball statistics, a player is credited with a plate appearance (denoted by PA) each time he completes a turn batting. A player completes a turn batting when: he strikes out or is declared out before reaching first base; or he reaches first base safely or is awarded first base (by a base on balls, hit by pitch, or catcher's interference); or he hits a fair ball which causes a preceding runner to be put out for the third out before he himself is put out or reaches first base safely (see also left on base, fielder's choice, force play). In other words, a plate appearance ends when the batter is put out or becomes a runner. A very similar statistic, at bats, counts a subset of plate appearances that end under certain circumstances.

Pete Rose holds the record with 15,890 career plate appearances. Rose is the only player in MLB history to surpass 14,000 and 15,000 career plate appearances. Carl Yastrzemski (13,922), Hank Aaron (13,941), Rickey Henderson (13,346) and Ty Cobb (13,087) are the only other players to surpass 13,000 career plate appearances.

Key[edit]

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career plate appearances. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2018 PAs) Number of plate appearances during the 2017 Major League Baseball season.
PA Total career plate appearances.
* denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold denotes active player.[a]

List[edit]

Carl Yastrzemski, second all time in career plate appearances.
  • Stats updated as of September 16, 2018.
Rank Player (2018 PAs) PA
1 Pete Rose 15,890
2 Carl Yastrzemski * 13,992
3 Hank Aaron * 13,941
4 Rickey Henderson * 13,346
5 Ty Cobb * 13,087
6 Cal Ripken Jr. * 12,883
7 Eddie Murray * 12,817
8 Stan Musial * 12,718
9 Barry Bonds 12,606
10 Derek Jeter 12,602
11 Craig Biggio * 12,504
12 Willie Mays * 12,496
13 Dave Winfield * 12,358
14 Robin Yount * 12,249
15 Alex Rodriguez 12,207
16 Paul Molitor * 12,167
17 Adrián Beltré (442) 12,091
18 Eddie Collins * 12,078
19 Rafael Palmeiro 12,046
20 Omar Vizquel 12,013
21 Tris Speaker * 11,995
22 Brooks Robinson * 11,782
23 Honus Wagner * 11,746
24 Frank Robinson * 11,742
25 Albert Pujols (498) 11,686
26 George Brett * 11,625
27 Al Kaline * 11,596
28 Reggie Jackson * 11,418
29 Mel Ott * 11,348
30 Cap Anson * 11,331
31 Joe Morgan * 11,329
32 Ken Griffey Jr. * 11,304
33 Rabbit Maranville * 11,254
34 Lou Brock 11,240
35 Luis Aparicio * 11,230
36 Rusty Staub 11,229
37 Harold Baines 11,092
38 Carlos Beltrán 11,031
39 Gary Sheffield 10,947
40 Johnny Damon 10,917
41 Tony Pérez * 10,861
42 Ozzie Smith * 10,778
43 Max Carey * 10,769
Andre Dawson * 10,769
45 Paul Waner * 10,766
46 Wade Boggs * 10,740
47 Darrell Evans 10,737
48 Ichiro Suzuki (47) 10,728
49 Babe Ruth * 10,623
50 Chipper Jones * 10,614
Rank Player (2018 PAs) PA
51 Sam Crawford * 10,594
52 Dwight Evans 10,569
53 Rod Carew * 10,550
54 Luis Gonzalez 10,531
55 Billy Williams * 10,519
56 Jake Beckley * 10,504
57 Nap Lajoie * 10,461
58 Steve Finley 10,460
59 Bill Dahlen 10,405
60 Vada Pinson 10,402
61 Roberto Alomar * 10,400
62 Ernie Banks * 10,394
63 Tim Raines * 10,359
64 Nellie Fox * 10,351
65 Jim Thome * 10,313
66 Iván Rodríguez * 10,270
67 Luke Appling * 10,254
Harry Hooper * 10,254
69 Sam Rice * 10,252
70 Charlie Gehringer * 10,245
71 Jimmy Rollins 10,240
72 Tony Gwynn * 10,232
73 Graig Nettles 10,228
74 Roberto Clemente * 10,211
75 Dave Parker 10,184
76 George Davis * 10,178
77 Fred McGriff 10,174
78 Eddie Mathews * 10,100
79 Frankie Frisch * 10,099
80 David Ortiz 10,091
81 Bobby Abreu 10,081
82 Frank Thomas * 10,075
83 Mike Schmidt * 10,062
84 Bill Buckner 10,037
85 Buddy Bell 10,009
86 Zack Wheat * 10,000
87 Chili Davis 9,997
88 Lou Whitaker 9,967
89 Doc Cramer 9,927
90 Mickey Mantle * 9,907
91 Sammy Sosa 9,896
92 Carlton Fisk * 9,853
93 Fred Clarke * 9,838
Mickey Vernon 9,838
95 Harmon Killebrew * 9,833
96 Goose Goslin * 9,829
97 Willie Davis 9,822
98 Gary Gaetti 9,817
99 Ted Williams * 9,788
100 Al Oliver 9,778

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.

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