List of Major League Baseball career at-bat leaders

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Pete Rose, the all-time leader in at bats.

In baseball, an at bat (AB) or time at bat is a batter's turn batting against a pitcher. An at bat is different from a plate appearance. A batter is credited with a plate appearance regardless of what happens during his turn at bat. A batter is only credited with an at bat if that plate appearance does not have one of the results enumerated below. While at bats are used to calculate certain statistics, including batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, a player can only qualify for the season-ending rankings in these categories if he accumulates 502 plate appearances during the season.[1]

Pete Rose is the all-time leader in at bats with 14,053. Rose is also the only player in MLB history with more than 13,000 or 14,000 at bats. There are only 28 players in MLB history that have reached 10,000 career at bats, with two of them (Alex Rodriguez and Adrián Beltré) being active.

Key[edit]

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career at-bats. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2016 ABs) Number of at-bats hit during the 2016 Major League Baseball season
AB Total career at-bats
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold Denotes active player.[note 1]

List[edit]

  • Stats updated as of the 2016 season.
Rank Player (2016 ABs) AB
1 Pete Rose 14,053
2 Hank Aaron * 12,364
3 Carl Yastrzemski * 11,988
4 Cal Ripken, Jr. * 11,551
5 Ty Cobb * 11,434
6 Eddie Murray * 11,336
7 Derek Jeter 11,195
8 Robin Yount * 11,008
9 Dave Winfield * 11,003
10 Stan Musial * 10,972
11 Rickey Henderson * 10,961
12 Willie Mays * 10,881
13 Craig Biggio * 10,876
14 Paul Molitor * 10,835
15 Brooks Robinson * 10,654
16 Omar Vizquel 10,586
17 Alex Rodriguez (225) 10,566
18 Rafael Palmeiro 10,472
19 Honus Wagner * 10,439
20 George Brett * 10,349
21 Lou Brock * 10,332
22 Adrián Beltré (583) 10,295
23 Cap Anson * 10,281
24 Luis Aparicio * 10,231
25 Tris Speaker 10,195
26 Al Kaline * 10,116
27 Rabbit Maranville * 10,078
28 Frank Robinson * 10,006
39 Eddie Collins * 9,949
30 Andre Dawson * 9,927
31 Harold Baines 9,908
32 Reggie Jackson * 9,864
33 Barry Bonds 9,847
34 Ken Griffey Jr. * 9,801
35 Tony Perez * 9,778
36 Johnny Damon 9,736
37 Rusty Staub 9,720
38 Ichiro Suzuki (327) 9,689
39 Vada Pinson 9,645
40 Iván Rodríguez * 9,592
41 Nap Lajoie 9,589
42 Sam Crawford * 9,570
43 Jake Beckley * 9,538
44 Paul Waner * 9,459
45 Mel Ott * 9,456
46 Roberto Clemente * 9,454
47 Ernie Banks * 9,421
48 Bill Buckner 9,397
Steve Finley 9,397
50 Ozzie Smith * 9,396
Rank Player (2016 ABs) AB
51 Max Carey * 9,363
52 Dave Parker 9,358
53 Billy Williams * 9,350
54 Rod Carew * 9,315
55 Carlos Beltrán (552) 9,301
56 Jimmy Rollins (149) 9,294
57 Tony Gwynn * 9,288
58 Joe Morgan * 9,277
59 Sam Rice * 9,269
60 Nellie Fox * 9,232
61 Gary Sheffield 9,217
62 Wade Boggs * 9,180
63 Willie Davis 9,174
64 Luis Gonzalez 9,157
65 Doc Cramer 9,140
66 Albert Pujols (593) 9,138
67 Frankie Frisch * 9,112
68 Zach Wheat * 9,106
69 Lave Cross 9,084
70 Roberto Alomar * 9,073
71 Al Oliver 9,049
72 George Davis * 9,045
73 Bill Dahlen 9,036
74 Dwight Evans 8,996
75 Buddy Bell 8,995
76 Graig Nettles 8,986
77 Chipper Jones 8,984
78 Darrell Evans 8,973
79 Gary Gaetti 8,951
80 Tim Raines * 8,872
81 Charlie Gehringer * 8,860
82 Torii Hunter 8,857
83 Luke Appling * 8,856
84 Steve Garvey 8,835
85 Sammy Sosa 8,813
86 Tommy Corcoran 8,812
87 Harry Hooper * 8,785
88 Al Simmons * 8,759
89 Fred McGriff 8,757
90 Carlton Fisk * 8,756
91 Mickey Vernon 8,731
92 Dave Concepcion 8,723
93 Bert Campaneris 8,684
94 Ted Simmons 8,680
95 Julio Franco 8,677
96 Chili Davis 8,673
97 Goose Goslin * 8,656
98 Garret Anderson 8,640
David Ortiz 8,640
100 Bobby Wallace * 8,618

Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baseball Explained by Phillip Mahony, McFarland Books, 2014. See www.baseballexplained.com