’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Active Hitters Most Likely To Reach The 3,000 Hits Plateau
I think about this often, so it is time to put pen to paper, actually fingers to keyboard, and hammer this one out.
No dramatic build-up needed for this week’s list; we all know just how dynamic this baseball milestone is.
Here we go:
Honorable mention: Carlos Beltran, Jimmy Rollins, Jose Reyes, and Joey Votto.
10 -Ryan Braun – Braun eclipsed the 1,000 hits mark at age 28. He is as consistent as they come and averages more than 175 per season. If he has protection around him, he can still get better.
9 – David Wright – With 1,400 hits in nine season, Wright is in a very good spot at age 29. However playing third base may take a few years off of his career. Don’t be surprised if he starts spending time at 1B once he hits his mid-30’s.
8 – Robinson Cano – Cano is only 29 and has more than 1,400 hits. He has never collected less than 155 hits in a season so far. It may come down to where he is positioned in the Yankees’ batting order that determines if he gets enough at-bats to get a shot at 3,000.
7 – Mark Teixeira – Similar to Cano, where Tex bats in the Yankees’ line-up could dictate how close he gets to this landmark number. In ten seasons, he is closing in on 1,600 hits. And he is only 32 years old.
6 – Michael Young – Young has more than 2,200 hits as he prepares to close out his 13th big league season. He has shown no signs of wearing down, and in some instances, he has gotten better. If he plays another 5 full season, he may be joining the club…
5 – Adrian Beltre – Amazingly, Beltre is in his 15th major league season. He is just 33 years old and has more than 2,200 hits so far. Consistency is the key to Beltre’s game – and he has a very realistic shot of collecting number 3,000 well before his 40th birthday.
4 – Ichiro – Ichiro is 38 years old and in his 12th major league season. He has slowed quite a bit over the last 2 years, but with almost 2,575 hits to his credit, he could reach the plateau is 3-4 years. Staying healthy, and sharp, while also keeping a starting job are the keys to Ichiro’s future successes.
3 – Miguel Cabrera – Cabrera has averaged close to 180 more than 180 hits over the first ten seasons of his major league career. He is still under 30 (29, to be exact) and as long as his passion for the game remains, it is just a question of how soon.
2 – Albert Pujols – Albert has averaged more than 185 hits a year in each of his first 12 big league seasons. As long as he remains protected in the Angels’ line-up, he should be on pace to reach 3,000 hits in 2016.
1 – Alex Rodriguez – Barring any major trips on the disabled list, Alex Rodriguez will become a member of the ‘3,000 Hits Club’ in 2013. He needs just more than 120 to accomplish the feat, and if he plays in at least 100 games next year, he should be celebrating by September.
And there you have it.
Are my picks crazy? Am I missing someone you would rank above these guys? Let me hear it.
And here is a sneak peak into next week’s list since it is related – ‘Top Ten Retired Players That Should Have Reached The 3,000 Hits Milestone’.
Have a nice night!