Tiger great Miguel Cabrera has burnished his Hall of Fame credentials as the 33rd member of the 3000 hit club, collecting his milestone knock off of fellow Venezuelan Antonio Senzatela of the Rockies. More after the jump.
Cabrera becomes just the 7th player to reach 3000 hits including 500 home runs, and just the 3rd (after Willie Mays and Hank Aaron) to also post a career .300 BA (that .300 career BA should stand up as Cabrera would need to post three more 450+ AB seasons with a .250 BA before that career .300 BA would start to look vulnerable). As of this writing, Cabrera is sitting on 599 doubles, so his next two-bagger will put him in another select group of three with 3000 hits, 500 HR and 600 doubles, joining Aaron and Albert Pujols. Here are a couple more groups of three for Cabrera.
- Players with 3000 hits who also recorded a triple crown season: Cabrera joins Carl Yastrzemski and Ty Cobb (in Cobb’s triple crown season in 1909, he led the junior circuit with 9 home runs yet never hit the ball out of the park, as each of his round-trippers was of the inside-the-park variety)
- Players to record 3000th hit as a Tiger: Cabrera joins Cobb and Al Kaline
Cabrera is the sixth player active in the past ten seasons to reach 3000 hits. That is a notable confluence but far from a record. The most 3000 hit players active in a decade are shown below for the first 10 year span encompassing the indicated players.
- 16 players – 1973-1982 and 1992-2001
- 15 players – 1972-1981, 1974-1983, 1979-1988 and 1994-2003
- 14 players – 1970-1979, 1977-1986, 1980-1989, 1985-1994 and 1986-1995
The most players active in the same season who were already members of the 3000 hit club is three, in 1925-28 (Cobb, Tris Speaker and Eddie Collins), 1972 (Aaron, Mays and Roberto Clemente), 1979 (Yaz, Pete Rose and Lou Brock), 2001 (Cal Ripken, Tony Gwynn and Rickey Henderson) and 2018 (Pujols, Ichiro Suzuki and Adrian Beltre). Teams with two or more players who were already 3000 hit club members are the 1928 A’s (Cobb, Speaker and Collins), 1927 A’s (Cobb and Collins), 1995 Indians (Eddie Murray and Dave Winfield) and 2001 Padres (Gwynn and Henderson).
More interesting perhaps is the confluence of 3000 hit club members born outside the United States. The last four players to reach 3000 hits were all born outside the 50 states, more than the three such players who preceded this latest group. Antonio Senzatela becomes the fifth pitcher born outside the US to yield a 3000th hit, following Moe Drabowsky (Stan Musial), Jose Mesa (Robin Yount), Hector Carrasco (Ripken) and Joel Pineiro (Rafael Palmeiro). Piniero/Palmeiro were the first pitcher/batter combo both born outside the US, while Senzatela/Cabrera are the first combo both born in the same country outside the US.
We will likely have a bit of a wait before the 3000 hit club welcomes its next member. Here are the career hit totals for players currently active.
- I suppose the 39 year-old Cano (no. 3) has an outside shot if he can play another three years (including this season), but I really don’t see that happening.
- Andrus (no. 7) could get there by age 41 with nine more 125 hit seasons including this one (he had 121 hits last year), but that seems even less likely than Cano’s chances.
- Though Altuve (no. 10) is eight months younger, Freeman (no. 12) would be my pick of the two as a player who has remained mostly healthy throughout his career, would seem to have a body type built for the long haul, and has considerably outpaced Altuve recently, with a 28 point edge in BA since 2018 that has translated into almost 100 more hits than the the Astro second sacker. Eight seasons (including this one) averaging 160 hits would get either of them to 3000 hits by their 40th birthdays.
- Further down the list is Trout (no. 21) who, unlike Freeman, has found it difficult to stay healthy and does not have the same sleek physique as the Dodger first baseman. Still, 10 seasons (including this one) averaging 160 hits would do it for Trout, reaching 3000 right about the time he turns 40 (but I’d feel a lot more confident about that forecast if Trout could shed some pounds).
- Machado (no. 19) has a few more hits than Trout, is a year younger and rather more svelte, but he hasn’t reached 160 hits since 2018. Still, eleven seasons (to age 40) averaging 150 hits, or twelve averaging 140, would get him there.
If it is another 7 years before we next see a player reach 3000 hits, that would be the longest interval since the 7 years between Rod Carew (1985) and George Brett and Robin Yount (both in 1992). If it takes longer than 7 years, you have to go back to the 12 years between Musial (1958) and Aaron (1970) to find as long a gap. The longest interval between 3000th hits is the 17 years between Speaker and Collins (both in 1925) and Paul Waner (1942), and between Cap Anson (1897, counting only his NL hits) and Nap Lajoie and Honus Wagner (both in 1914). If your include Anson’s NA hits, he reached 3000 in 1894, making it 20 years between him and Lajoie and Wagner.
Sam Rice finished his career with 2987 hits. Sometime after his retirement Senators’ owner Clark Griffith offered him a contract so that he could play long enough to accumulate 13 hits. Rice turned down he offer as he was in his mid-forties and did not want to go throuugh the rigors of getting back in shape.
I believe some of these sure-fire/first ballot Hall of Famers, like Pujols and Cabrera, would not have accumulated their end of career/last 500 hits, 70 home runs, etc… without these ridiculous contracts extending into their late thirties/early forties. I have to believe Joey Votto will benefit from this contract extension/free agent dilemma as well. Seems to me that mid-30’s is the end of the line for most of these guys. The “greatest” of them all are productive into their late 30’s if they get some time off occasionally. Just sayin’
Sam Rice probably wasn’t the best example if you were trying to contrast old time and modern players, as Rice compiled over 500 hits in his age 40+ seasons. That said, you couldn’t say that Rice didn’t earn his playing time legitimately, as his .293/.349/.385 neutralized slash (.322/.379/.421 actual) for those seasons would attest. Rice certainly would have reached 3000 had the Senators not elected to use him almost exclusively as a pinch-hitter (89 PA in 73 games) in his final season in Washington in 1933. Rice had shared the fourth (and fifth) outfielder role in 1932 with Dave Harris,… Read more »
Sorry for the confusion. I was merely referencing the current guys with the long-term contracts and ‘bloated” career counting stats/numbers. I shouldn’t have attached/replied specifically to Richard Chester. As far as Sam Rice (or anyone else for that matter) is concerned, I don’t believe him to be any less of a player since he has 2,987 hits in lieu of the coveted 3,000. Kind of like, I’ll take Gehrig over Foxx (493 vs. 534) or Hornsby over Biggio (2,930 vs. 3,060). ….and, I’ll be more than glad to have Artie Moreno (and all his largesse) over for Christmas
Absolutely nothing to do with 3000 hits, but Alek Manoah, whose 4-0 record currently leads the majors in wins, recorded his 25th career game on Tuesday. His 13-2 career record ties him with Roy Oswalt for the highest W-L% (.867) through the first 25 games of a live ball era career. The only higher mark since 1901 in 14+ decisions is King Cole’s .882 (15-2) in 1909-10 (Cole died from cancer at age 29, just 3½ months after his final big league game).
Freeman make walk too much to get his last 200 or so hits. He has a seven year contract, has never had more than 190 hits in a season. Altuve’s pace between 2014-17 was remarkable, but he’s slowed down. He’s a free agent after 2024, and I’m wondering how long a contract a 35 year old middle infielder can get.
Probably not more than two years would be my guess on Altuve’s next contract. Recent middle infielders in similar situations: — Chase Utley‘s contract expired after his age 36 season in 2015. He signed a succession of one-year contracts after that. — Ben Zobrist‘s contract expired after his age 34 season in 2015. He signed a four-year contract after that. — Marco Scutaro‘s contract expired after his age 36 season in 2012. He signed a two-year contract after that. — Derek Jeter‘s contract expired after his age 36 season in 2010. He signed a four-year contract after that. — Miguel… Read more »
“— Derek Jeter‘s contract expired after his age 36 season in 2010. He signed a four-year contract after that.”
Those were some hilarious/soap-opera-like negotiations until Cashman caved (IIRC). By the same token, it might be safe to say that Altuve is as much a franchise icon as Jeter was and that icon status may put some pressure on Houston management to extend beyond what they might prefer
You probably have to be a long-time White Sox devotee to recognize the name Joel McKeon, whose career comprised two seasons in Chicago in the mid-1980s. McKeon’s claim to fame is beginning his career with 8.2 hitless IP pitching only in relief, the longest such hitless streak. Recently, several pitchers have challenged McKeon, including Cody Reed (8 IP in 2017, before getting shelled in his first start), Jake Cousins (7.2 IP last season), and Penn Murfee (7.2 IP this season). One other pitcher to mention is Erv Dusak (8 IP in 1948-50), though Dusak’s pitching debut came in the 345th… Read more »
If you get a chance to see the Mariners play, be sure to check out Julio Rodriguez, their 21 year-old rookie centerfielder. Physically, he reminds me a lot of a young Giancarlo Stanton. Last week, Rodriguez became just the 9th player (5th in the integration era) to record 10 RBI and 10 SB in the first 30 games of a career. Rodriguez will likely blow away the rookie record for SB among big men (6’3″+, 220+ lb), currently held by Scott Rolen with 16 thefts in 1997. Another Mariner holds that mark for any season, with A-Rod‘s 46 steals in… Read more »
How about A-Rod and Canseco having a 40-40 season but no 30-30’s? And, Soriano missed a second 40-40 season by one HR in 2002.
Bobby Bonds would have been the first 40-40 guiy in 1973 except after hitting 38 homers thru 141 team games (9/9/1973), he hit one home run in his last 98 plate appearances. Sounds like he could have used a day off but the Giants were only 5.5 games behind the Reds on Sept 9th…..odd MVP race that year with Bonds , Stargell, Evans, and Morgan probably all having superior seasons to eventual winner Pete Rose
Here’s a trivia fact to break up the lull in HHS. On 6/25/1924 the Cubs had a 7-6 lead over the Pirates going into the bottom of the 14th inning. With runners on first and third and 1 out pitcher Emil Yde was allowed to bat for himself. He hit a bases clearing triple to give the Pirates an 8-7 victory. For the time period 1915-2022 that’s the only time a pitcher had a walk-off hit (or appearance) with his team behind in the score
You’d think that with all the mediocre punch-n-judy middle infielders coming off the bench to pinch-hit that keeping someone like Wes Ferrell , Newcombe, Drysdale, Rick Wise, etc.. in the game might be a better alternative to guys like Eddie Miksis or Ruben Amaro, Bobby Wine. By the same token, before the DH, the majority of teams always had platoon outfielders and corner infielders that could really hit.
Obviously, with the way the game is played nowadays (40 CG’s annualy), it’s never going to happen in the next 98 years either 🙁
It’s the only walk-off hit with his team behind, but not the only walk-off hit, and not the only PA in a potential walk-off situation. Here are the totals for pitchers: Score tied: 6508 PA, 216 w/o, .172/.214/.212 Down 1 run, 1+ Runners On: 143 PA, 1 w/o, .237/.250/.298 Down 2 runs, 2+ Runners On: 26 PA, 0 w/o, .048/.130/.048 Down 3 runs, 3 Runners On: 2 PA, 0 w/o, 1.000/1.000/2.000 The two PA in the last scenario were a bases clearing, game-tying double by Emil Yde earlier in the same game Richard mentioned, and a walk by Adam Eaton… Read more »
On July 3rd, CJ Cron smacked two three-run homers in a 6-5 Colorado victory over Arizona. I know Billy Williams once had all four of his team’s hits in a Cubs’ loss. This was the most hits by a batter having all of his team’s hits in a game. Any idea if Cron’s 6 RBI is a similar record for most RBI having all of his team’s RBI? I kind of doubt it but, just thought I would ask.
I actually looked up that question not long ago. There was one player with 8 RBI, from a game in the early 1900s, and a few players with 7 RBI. I’ll post the details when I find them.
The record of this type that I particularly like is most runs by a team all scored by one player. That mark belongs to Bert Campaneris with 4 runs for the A’s in a 1966 game.
Here’s the Campaneris game from Retrosheet. Zero RBI for the A’s as Dagoberto scored in quite a few odd ways. The play-by-play section of the attachment gives some insight into his aggressive baserunning
…and Greenwell did it batting 8th! And, it was a 1-run game so all RBI were needed for the win
Greenwell had a 1.054 WPA for the game. I would have thought this would have been some sort of record but it has been exceeded fairly frequently. I think Doug posted a story about Art Shamsky tying a game twice with homers and may have won the game in extra-innings with a home run? Found it….and the Reds lost despite Artie’s stickwork rating a 1.503 on the WPA !!!