Saturday, August 9, 2014

Jeter and Ichiro Move Up the All-Time Hits List

Yesterday marked a double achievement for two members of the New York Yankees. Derek Jeter tied the legendary Honus Wagner for sixth on the All-Time hit list with 3,430 hits. Barring any monumental injury from today on, Jeter will have sole possession of sixth place on the list. Here are the top five players on the All-Time Hits list:
  1. Pete Rose 4,256
  2. Ty Cobb 4,191
  3. Hank Aaron 3,771
  4. Stan Musial 3,630
  5. Tris Speaker 3,514
Can Jeter belt out 70 more hits to get to 3,500? I'm not sure if he can, but it will be fun to watch to see if he comes close.

Ichiro Suzuki also tied a legendary player who he is already linked to on the All-Time hit list. Ichiro tied George Sisler for forty-eighth on the All-Time hits list with 2,810 hits. When Ichiro set the single season hits record in 2004, he did so by breaking George Sisler's record of 257 hits which was set in 1920. Here is the list for the top ten players on the Single Season hits list:

1. Ichiro Suzuki (30)   262 in 2004
2. George Sisler (27)   257 in 1920
3. Lefty O'Doul (32)   254 in 1929
  Bill Terry (31)             254 in 1930
5. Al Simmons (23)   253 in 1925
6. Rogers Hornsby (26)   250 in 1922
  Chuck Klein (25)   250 in 1930
8. Ty Cobb (24)           248 in 1911
9. George Sisler (29)      246 in 1922
10. Ichiro Suzuki (27)  242 in 2001

I would think that Ichiro would like to continue playing so that he can reach the 3,000 hit plateau of which he is 190 hits away from. I don't think that if he doesn't reach 3,000 he will be kept out of Cooperstown. I think his place in the Hall of Fame is already secure. But 3,000 hits is always a nice thing to have, especially since only 28 players have ever hit the 3,000 mark. We'll have to watch and see if he can do it.

Until Then Keep Playing Ball,
Baseball Sisco