2020-03-28 08:00:00 EDT
Getting a base hit is one of the toughest things in all of sports, so it’s no coincidence all of the top hitters in MLB history are in the Hall of Fame, unless they’re connected to gambling or steroid use. Despite baseball being around for ages, only 32 players have produced at least 3,000 career hits. Let’s look at the top hitters to ever play. Get Free MLB Picks and MLB Predictions all season long for every game at Sports Chat Place
Here are the players with the most hits in MLB history.
1. Pete Rose, 4,256 hits – Pete Rose topped 200 hits 10 times in his career and led the league in hits eight times. Rose is the Cincinnati Reds all-time hitter with 3,358 hits, and he would be in the Hall of Fame if he wasn’t connected to gambling.
2. Ty Cobb, 4,189 hits – Ty Cobb led the league in hits eight times and his .366 career batting average is the best in baseball history. Cobb is also the Detroit Tigers all-time hitter with 3,900 hits.
3. Hank Aaron, 3,771 hits – Hank Aaron had only 200 or more hits three times in his career, but he was consistent for 23 years and hit .300 or better 14 times. Aaron also leads the Atlanta Braves all-timer cord with 3,600 career hits.
4. Stan Musial, 3,630 hits – Stan Musial consistently led baseball in hits and batting average, including in 1946 when he had 228 hits and a .365 batting average after missing a year of baseball due to military services. Musial is comfortably the St. Louis Cardinals all-time hitter.
5. Tris Speaker, 3,514 hits – Tris Speaker had 146 or more hits in 19 of his 22 seasons, so while he led the league just twice in hits, his longevity and consistency makes him one of the best hitters of all-time. Speaker hit under .300 just four times in his lengthy career.
6. Derek Jeter, 3,465 hits – Derek Jeter had 200-plus hits eight times in his career and led the league in hits at 38 years old, his 18th year in the big leagues. Jeter is comfortably the New York Yankees all-time leading hitter, which is quite impressive given all of the great players that franchise has had.
7. Cap Anson, 3,435 hits – Cap Anson never had more than 187 hits and only led the league in hits once. However, Anson played 27 seasons and had over 11,000 plate appearances, so that much time in the league can produce some impressive numbers.
8. Honus Wagner, 3,420 hits – Honus Wagner had no less than 124 hits in 19 of his 21 seasons and led the league in batting average eight times. Wagner is second all-time in Pittsburgh Pirates history with 2,967 hits.
9. Carl Yastrzemski, 3,419 hits – Carl Yastrzemski had 100 or more hits in 22 of his 23 seasons and led the league twice in hits. Yastrzemski is the Boston Red Sox all-time leading hitter.
10. Paul Molitor, 3,319 hits – Paul Molitor got stronger as his career went along, as he led the league in hits at 34, 36 and 39 years old. From 1991 to 1996, Molitor averaged 191 hits and a .322 batting average.