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In Major League Baseball, the 3,000 Hit Club is an informal term applied to the group of players who have made 3,000 or more career base hits. Currently, there are 27 players who have accomplished this. Craig Biggio of the Houston Astros is the latest player to reach this milestone, on June 28, 2007 against the Colorado Rockies in Houston. In addition to the 27 players in the 3,000 hit club, a total of 88 players have 2,500 hits.

The first to accomplish the feat was Cap Anson in 1897, before what is known as the "modern era of baseball," making the 3,000 hit club one of the oldest milestones in the sport. Every eligible member of the club is in the Baseball Hall of Famemarker, with the exception of Pete Rose who has been barred entrance to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Furthermore, every eligible player who has reached 3,000 hits after 1962 has been elected on the first ballot.

The 1990s saw seven players reach 3,000 hits, tied with the 1970s for the most of any decade. The 1980s saw only one player break the 3,000 milestone, Rod Carew in 1985.

The only player to hit a home run for his 3,000th hit was Wade Boggs, who hit a two-run home run for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The only one to hit a triple for his 3,000th was Paul Molitor for the Minnesota Twins. Biggio, the most recent player to reach the milestone, was also the only one to be called out at the end of his milestone hit, being caught trying to stretch a single into a double; he is also the only member of the club to get his 3000th hit while also recording a five-hit game.

Members

Player Hits Date of 3,000th Teams (3,000th hit team in bold) Seasons Type
Pete Rose 4,256 May 5, 1978 Cincinnati Reds
Philadelphia Phillies
Montreal Expos

1963-1986 Single
Ty Cobb 4,191 August 19, 1921 Detroit Tigers
Philadelphia Athletics
1905-1928 Single
Hank Aaron 3,771 May 17, 1970 Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves
Milwaukee Brewers
1954-1976 Single
Stan Musial 3,630 May 13, 1958 St. Louis Cardinals 1941-1944,
1946-1963
Double
Tris Speaker 3,514 May 17, 1925 Boston Red Sox
Cleveland Indians
Washington Senators
Philadelphia Athletics


1907-1928 Single
Carl Yastrzemski 3,419 September 12, 1979 Boston Red Sox 1961-1983 Single
Cap Anson 3,418 July 18, 1897 Rockford Forest Citys
Philadelphia Athletics
Chicago White Stockings/Colts

1871-1897 Single
Honus Wagner 3,415 June 9, 1914 Louisville Colonels
Pittsburgh Pirates
1897-1917 Double
Paul Molitor 3,319 Sept. 16, 1996 Milwaukee Brewers
Toronto Blue Jays
Minnesota Twins

1978-1998 Triple
Eddie Collins 3,315 June 6, 1925 Philadelphia Athletics
Chicago White Sox
1906-1930 Single
Willie Mays 3,283 July 18, 1970 New York/San Francisco Giants
New York Mets
1951-1973 Single
Eddie Murray 3,255 June 30, 1995 Baltimore Orioles
Los Angeles Dodgers
New York Mets
Cleveland Indians
Anaheim Angels



1977-1997 Single
Nap Lajoie 3,242 Sept. 27, 1914 Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia Athletics
Cleveland Naps

1896-1916 Double
Cal Ripken, Jr. 3,184 April 15, 2000 Baltimore Orioles 1981-2001 Single
George Brett 3,154 Sept. 30, 1992 Kansas City Royals 1973-1993 Single
Paul Waner 3,152 June 19, 1942 Pittsburgh Pirates
Boston Braves
Brooklyn Dodgers
New York Yankees


1926-1945 Single
Robin Yount 3,142 Sept. 9, 1992 Milwaukee Brewers 1974-1993 Single
Tony Gwynn 3,141 August 6, 1999 San Diego Padres 1982-2001 Single
Dave Winfield 3,110 Sept. 16, 1993 San Diego Padres
New York Yankees
California Angels
Toronto Blue Jays
Minnesota Twins
Cleveland Indians




1973-1995 Single
Craig Biggio 3,060 June 28, 2007 Houston Astros 1988-2007 Single
Rickey Henderson 3,055 Oct. 7, 2001 Oakland Athletics
New York Yankees
Toronto Blue Jays
San Diego Padres
Anaheim Angels
New York Mets
Seattle Mariners
Boston Red Sox
Los Angeles Dodgers







1979-2003 Double
Rod Carew 3,053 August 4, 1985 Minnesota Twins
California Angels
1967-1985 Single
Lou Brock 3,023 August 13, 1979 Chicago Cubs
St.

Louis Cardinals
1961-1979 Single
Rafael Palmeiro 3,020 July 15, 2005 Chicago Cubs
Texas Rangers
Baltimore Orioles

1986-2005 Double
Wade Boggs 3,010 August 7, 1999 Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Devil Rays

1982-1999 Home Run
Al Kaline 3,007 Sept. 24, 1974 Detroit Tigers 1953-1974 Double
Roberto Clemente 3,000 Sept. 30, 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates 1955-1972 Double


Closest active players

Player Hits Teams (Current team in bold) Seasons
Ken Griffey, Jr. 2,758 Seattle Mariners
Cincinnati Reds
Chicago White Sox

1989-
Derek Jeter 2,747 New York Yankees 1995-
Iván Rodríguez 2,706 Texas Rangers
Florida Marlins
Detroit Tigers
New York Yankees
Houston Astros



1991-
Omar Vizquel 2,701 Seattle Mariners
Cleveland Indians
San Francisco Giants

Texas Rangers
1989-
Gary Sheffield 2,689 Milwaukee Brewers
San Diego Padres
Florida Marlins
Los Angeles Dodgers
Atlanta Braves
New York Yankees
Detroit Tigers
New York Mets






1988-


Outside MLB

Currently only one player in Nippon Professional Baseball, Japanmarker's major league, has ever reached the 3000 hit club. Isao Harimoto, who played for the Toei Flyers, the Yomiuri Giants and the Lotte Orions, recorded 3,085 hits during his 23-year career from 1959 through 1981.

As of the end of 2009, Ichiro Suzuki has recorded 3,308 hits in his combined career in Japan and MLB: 1,278 with the Orix BlueWave, and 2,030 so far with the Seattle Mariners. Ichiro's 3000th hit came on 2008-07-29 against the Texas Rangers. As a symbolic milestone, he received his 3,086th career top-level hit, surpassing Isao Harimoto's NPB career record, on 2009-04-16 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He reached the 2000-hit club in MLB on 2009-09-06 with a leadoff double.

Julio Franco amassed 4,229 hits over his professional career, but only 2,586 in Major League Baseball.

In the media

Comedian Bernie Mac starred in the film Mr. 3000, about an arrogant player who immediately retires upon reaching the milestone, only to discover years later through a clerical error that he really only has 2,997 hits and must rejoin the team to recover the record. He finished with 2999.

See also



References

  1. USA Today
  2. Major League Baseball still lists Cobb's hit total at 4,191, but almost all independent baseball historians have revised the total to 4,189.
  3. A number of disagreements exist over the correct hit total for Anson: see "Career hits total".



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