The Reds' own Gus Bell was a pretty good player who finished with "only" 1823 hits but a career line of .281/.330/.445 and 206 HRs.
Other honorable mentions:
Frank Thomas (the non-Big Hurt one)
Tony Oliva (.304/.353/.476 - 1917 hits)
Jeff "Young Body" Conine
"I can make all the stadiums rock."
Without digging too deeply, I'd say Andruw Jones. Imagine if Ozzie Smith hit 30 HR a year for a decade.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Code:CAREER HITS >= 2400 AT BATS displayed only--not a sorting criteria HITS H H AB 1 Derek Jeter 3304 3304 10551 2 Alex Rodriguez 2901 2901 9662 3 Omar Vizquel 2877 2877 10586 4 Johnny Damon 2769 2769 9736 5 Chipper Jones 2726 2726 8984 6 Ichiro Suzuki 2606 2606 8085 7 Bobby Abreu 2437 2437 8347 8 Todd Helton 2420 2420 7565
Bobby Grich has the highest career war under 2,000 hits. Had almost 70 WAR with 1,833 hits.
Players who I personally watched play I would have to also say Andruw Jones or Albert Belle.
Lance Berkman (I know he's still "active" at just over 1900 hits, but it's looking unlikely he'll get 100 more at this point).
Juan Gonzalez (.904 career OPS, 2 MVP's)
That's an old pic from a paper in 1975, with John McSherry giving Pete Rose the ball after his 2500th hit, along with the inscription on the scoreboard that day at Riverfront. Mild celebration.
I have no idea if the Reds celebrated Rose's next hit or not. I guess I don't understand how 2500 hits isn't a milestone.
It's not like we're celebrating mediocrity and giving everybody a trophy.
Last edited by Always Red; 09-03-2013 at 03:20 PM.
So then who would be the worst player ever to get 2000 hits?
worst --Amos Otis
"Boys, I'm one of those umpires that misses 'em every once in a while so if it's close, you'd better hit it." Cal Hubbard