2020-07-17 12:00:00 EDT
These are the ten MLB players with the most at bats in a season.
When it comes to baseball statistics, at bats are a telling number. To be credited with an AB, the batter has to put the ball in play or strike out, which means he’s having a major effect on the game. Let’s take a look at the MLB players who had the busiest summers at the plate and thus a big impact on their teams’ campaigns. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
1. Jimmy Rollins, 716 (2007) – Rollins is a modern Phillies legend, and he was a fixture with the team for 14 years before finishing off his career with the Dodgers and White Sox. His 2007 season was pretty epic on the stat sheet. Rollins was the NL MVP, hitting .296 while leading the league in games (162), runs (139), at bats (716) and triples (20). In addition to being a three-time All-Star, Rollins got a World Series championship in 2008.
2. Willie Wilson, 705 (1980) – The speedy outfielder Wilson had a long 19-year MLB career with the Royals, A’s and Cubs. He was a two-time All-Star, a Gold Glove Award winner in 1980 and a World Series champion in 1985. Wilson played in Kansas City from 1976 to 1990, and is a member of the Royals’ hall of fame.
3. Ichiro Suzuki, 704 (2004) – Everybody knows Ichiro. After a record-setting NPB stint from 1992-2000, he signed on with the MLB and became a household name among baseball fans. Ichiro would go on to play for the Mariners, Yankees and Marlins, racking up 10 All-Star appearances, 10 Gold Glove Awards and an MLB-record 262 hits in a single season. He was also a three-time Silver Slugger Award winner and AL Rookie of the Year in 2000.
4. Juan Samuel, 701 (1984) – Samuel was a fixture on MLB diamonds throughout most of the 1980s and 90s, ending up with a 16-year playing career, 161 home runs and 703 RBI in 1,720 games. He managed three All-Star selections, a Silver Slugger Award and membership on the Philadelphia Phillies Wall of Fame. Following his playing days, Samuel transitioned into a coaching career and was the Orioles’ manager in 2010.
5. Dave Cash, 699 (1975) – Cash played in the MLB from 1969 to 1980, collecting three All-Star selections and a World Series championship (1971 with the Pirates). Across his career, Cash hit .283 and logged 426 RBI with 56 triples. He also spent time with the Phillies, Expos and Padres before his playing days came to a close.
5. Juan Pierre, 699 (2006) – Named after legendary Giants pitcher Juan Marichal, it seems like Pierre was destined for greatness since birth. He showcased that greatness during a 13-year MLB career, racking up 614 stolen bases, 2,217 hits and 517 RBI. Pierre was a three-time MLB stolen base leader and won the World Series in 2003 with the Marlins.
7. Matty Alou, 698 (1969) – Alou played in the MLB from 1960 to 1974 before finishing off his pro career with the NPB. During his Major League days, he posted a career .307 batting average with 427 RBI. Alou was the NL batting champion in 1966, a World Series champion in 1972 and a two-time All-Star in 1968-69.
8. Woody Jensen, 696 (1936) – Jensen is by far the oldest player on our season MLB at-bats list, and held the record from 1936 until Alou broke it in 1969. Jensen played in the MLB from 1931-39, all with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He logged a .285 career average with 392 runs, 114 doubles, 235 RBI and 26 home runs. Jensen also led the National League in singles with 160 in 1935.
8. Jose Reyes, 696 (2005) – Reyes put together some amazing seasons on the MLB diamond during the early part of the 21st century. He was a four-time All-Star, a three-time NL stolen base leader, a Silver Slugger Award winner and NL batting champion. Over his career, Reyes managed 719 RBI, 517 stolen bases and 2,138 hits.
8. Alfonso Soriano, 696 (2002) – We’ll finish off our season at bats list with the journeyman Soriano, who played for the Yankees, Rangers, Nationals and Cubs during his career. A seven-time All-Star and a four-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Soriano led the AL in stolen bases in 2002. He also had power in addition to all that speed; Soriano crushed 412 homers during his 16-year MLB career.