3000 hit club


3000 hit club

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 member of the club is in the Baseball Hall of Fame except for those who are not eligible. 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.

As the 3,000-hit milestone typically occurs toward the end of a player's career, it's rare for a player to show power on the milestone hit. The only player to hit a home run for their 3,000th hit was Wade Boggs, who hit a two-run home run for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Members

† – Palmeiro has not officially declared retirement, but has not played since 2005.

Closest active players

ee also

*List of lifetime MLB hit leaders through history
*List of major league players with 2,000 hits
*List of Major League Baseball Hit Records‎
*Isao Harimoto, who had over 3,000 non-MLB hits in Japan's major leagues
*Ichiro Suzuki, who's reached 3,000 major league hits, but not all in MLB

References

* [http://mlb.mlb.com/stats/historical/player_stats.jsp?statType=1&timeFrame=3&timeSubFrame2=0&sortByStat=H&baseballScope=mlb&timeSubFrame=0 Official list of all-time top 50 in career hits] from MLB.com (updated after every game; includes all members of the 3,000 hit club)
* [http://mlb.mlb.com/stats/historical/player_stats.jsp?c_id=mlb&section1=2&statSet1=1&sortByStat=H&statType=1&timeFrame=3&timeSubFrame=0&baseballScope=mlb&prevPage1=1&readBoxes=true&teamPosCode=null&HS=trueOfficial Official list of 51–100 in career hits] from MLB.com (updated after every game; includes all remaining players with 2,500 or more hits)


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