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    Hit Leaders by Decade

    Surprise and impress your friends with these facts... who led each league in hits in each decade.

    Here are the hit leaders for each league:

    1900-1909
    NL: Honus Wagner 1847
    AL: Nap Lajoie 1508

    1910-1919
    NL: Jake Daubert 1535
    AL: Ty Cobb 1948

    1920-1929
    NL: Rogers Hornsby 2085
    AL: Sam Rice 2010

    1930-1939
    NL: Paul Waner 1959
    AL: Charlie Gehringer 1865

    1940-1949
    NL: Bob Elliott 1563
    AL: Lou Boudreau 1578

    1950-1959
    NL: Richie Ashburn 1875
    AL: Nellie Fox 1837

    1960-1969
    NL: Roberto Clemente 1877
    AL: Brooks Robinson 1692

    1970-1979
    NL: Pete Rose 2045
    AL: Rod Carew 1787

    1980-1989
    NL: Dale Murphy 1553
    AL: Robin Yount 1731

    1990-1999
    NL: Mark Grace 1754
    AL: Rafael Palmeiro 1747

    2000-2008
    NL: Todd Helton 1579
    AL: Ichiro Suzuki 1805

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    Re: Hit Leaders by Decade

    Brooks Robinson really surprised me

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    Re: Hit Leaders by Decade

    Who is next in line after Helton and Ichiro? Is it close?

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    Re: Hit Leaders by Decade

    Quote Originally Posted by kaldaniels View Post
    Who is next in line after Helton and Ichiro? Is it close?
    They're by league so I ran a search of all, Vlad climbs into 4th with NL/AL numbers.


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    NL Pierre - Yeah Pierre (Albert will pass him this ..maybe)
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    HITS                             H     
    1    Ichiro Suzuki              1805   
    2    Derek Jeter                1728   
    3    Miguel Tejada              1661   
    4    Vladimir Guerrero          1638   
    5    Alex Rodriguez             1613   
    6    Johnny Damon               1590   
    7    Todd Helton                1579   
    8    Bobby Abreu                1556   
    9    Juan Pierre                1546   
    10   Albert Pujols              1531

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    Re: Hit Leaders by Decade

    Did't Dante Bichette have a 10-year span (off from the round numbers) when he led the league in hits?

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    Re: Hit Leaders by Decade

    WOY, not trying to get this off track, but I saw something the other night that I thought was interesting. I was watching Randy Johnson's 19 Strikeout game (vs. Oakland) the other night. They ran something across the bottom of the screen that said that prior to 1903 fouled off balls were not counted as strikes. Is that true and if so what if anything do you take from that?
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    Re: Hit Leaders by Decade

    Quote Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo View Post
    WOY, not trying to get this off track, but I saw something the other night that I thought was interesting. I was watching Randy Johnson's 19 Strikeout game (vs. Oakland) the other night. They ran something across the bottom of the screen that said that prior to 1903 fouled off balls were not counted as strikes. Is that true and if so what if anything do you take from that?
    NL jumped over with it in 1901, Al 03. It helped the batters in the 1890's a HUGE hitting era, one that was taking on the 2nd decade of overhand pitching and the first of a mound and 60 feet. Once they counted as strikes it helped pitcher tremendously. Cy Young's manager in Cleveland felt it helped Cy later on. And coincides with the dead ball era that was as much as result of large fields and other changes as it was because of a dead ball.


    http://books.google.com/books?id=RfD...esult&resnum=1

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    Re: Hit Leaders by Decade

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    NL jumped over with it in 1901, Al 03. It helped the batters in the 1890's a HUGE hitting era, one that was taking on the 2nd decade of overhand pitching and the first of a mound and 60 feet. Once they counted as strikes it helped pitcher tremendously. Cy Young's manager in Cleveland felt it helped Cy later on. And coincides with the dead ball era that was as much as result of large fields and other changes as it was because of a dead ball.


    http://books.google.com/books?id=RfD...esult&resnum=1
    Interesting, thanks for that info.
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    Re: Hit Leaders by Decade

    Seeing Ichiro's numbers I can't help think that he could have given Rose a run for the hit record...blasphemous, I know....

    I do wonder though, how much does the DH help AL players get more ABs, thus more hits. I don't know the true stats, but lets say AL players get 25 more PA on average than their NL counterparts. Over 20 seasons that is 500 PA, which could give a guy 125-150 more hits vs. the same player playing in the NL. Anyone have anything to add on this?

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    Re: Hit Leaders by Decade

    Quote Originally Posted by kaldaniels View Post
    Seeing Ichiro's numbers I can't help think that he could have given Rose a run for the hit record...blasphemous, I know....

    I do wonder though, how much does the DH help AL players get more ABs, thus more hits. I don't know the true stats, but lets say AL players get 25 more PA on average than their NL counterparts. Over 20 seasons that is 500 PA, which could give a guy 125-150 more hits vs. the same player playing in the NL. Anyone have anything to add on this?
    I'd add that no player who benefitted from a DH is within 150 hits of the Hit King.

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    Re: Hit Leaders by Decade

    Quote Originally Posted by Sea Ray View Post
    I'd add that no player who benefitted from a DH is within 150 hits of the Hit King.
    All I'm saying is that if someone, somehow gets close to Rose...I'm not gonna be suprised if he is from the AL.

    Ichiro is the leader of the 2000s and did not even play here in 2000. He has 3 seasons already with more hits than Rose's best hit season (230). Too bad for Ichiro he gets lost up there in Seattle it seems. Look at the numbers on the first post in this thread...through 8.5 seasons, Ichiro has had more hits than most other decade leaders. I can't say how much more I am impressed with Ichiro after viewing his statline today...too bad we don't get to see too much of him. Has anyone ever had more hits over a 8 year period than Ichiro 2001-08?

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    Re: Hit Leaders by Decade

    You could probably win a lot of bar bets with Mark Grace in the 90's.
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    Re: Hit Leaders by Decade

    Quote Originally Posted by Redsfaithful View Post
    You could probably win a lot of bar bets with Mark Grace in the 90's.
    That one caught me off guard, and also Dale Murphy in the 1980s. He hit .300 only twice (.302 in 1983 and .300 in 1985) and those were the only two seasons he had more than 176 hits in a season.

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    Re: Hit Leaders by Decade

    These are NL/AL only....anyone play in both leagues during a decade that perhaps had more hits? (I checked Frank Rob, he was only at 1603 for the 60's)
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    Re: Hit Leaders by Decade

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post

    1940-1949
    NL: Bob Elliott 1563
    Having not gone off to fight WW II helped this somewhat no name accumulate so many hits.
    "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


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