Your Hit Parade

Last Night

  • Miguel Tejada hit his 300th career home run to lead the Padres to a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The win gave San Diego a half-game lead over San Francisco atop the NL West standings.
  • The Giants lost to the Chicago Cubs 2-0 resulting in a division lead change for the third time since Sept. 16.
  • The Giants have allowed three runs or fewer in 16 straight games.
  • The Cubs have allowed 15 runs in their last 11 games, throwing four shutouts
  • Colorado lost 8-4 at Arizona, dropping the Rockies three games behind the Padres. Ubaldo Jimenez (19-7) lasted just four innings, giving up five runs and six hits.
  • The Diamondbacks add to their major league season strikeout record by striking out 14 times.
  • Interim manager Kirk Gibson is 30-43 since taking over the Diamondbacks.
  • It is hard to figure out who the ace of the Phillies staff is right now as their pitching is that good. Roy Oswalt and a pair of relievers combined on a one-hitter and Philadelphia beat Atlanta 1-0 for their 10th straight win, increasing their NL East lead over the Braves to six games.
  • Brad Lidge finished for his 26th save in 31 chances, earning a save in each game of this series.
  • It was Philadelphia’s first home sweep over the Braves since Sept. 17-19, 2001.
  • Carl Crawford and Evan Longoria went back-to-back to lead the Rays to a 7-2 victory over the Yankees.
  • Tampa Bay improved to 9-8 in the season series, the first tiebreaker should the teams be tied after 162 games. The final game between the two teams, obviously more important to the Yankees, is tonight with CC Sabathia facing off against David Price.

But the story that attracted my attention was in the Seattle 6-3 win over the Blue Jays. Not because Jose Lopez hit three homers for Mariners, and not because Kyle Drabek dropped to 0-2 for the Jays. I simply cannot help but be fascinated with Ichiro Suzuki, who went 1 for 5, and is now just two hits from becoming the first player to record 10 consecutive 200-hit seasons. Suzuki leads the majors with 198 hits.

With the help of my buddies at Baseball-Reference.com I took a look at Ichiro and his cohorts over the last 10 seasons of hits.

Since 2001, 50 times a hitter has had 200 or more hits in a season.

Rk Player H Year
1 Ichiro Suzuki 262 2004
2 Ichiro Suzuki 242 2001
3 Ichiro Suzuki 238 2007
4 Ichiro Suzuki 225 2009
5 Ichiro Suzuki 224 2006
6 Mike Young 221 2005
7 Juan Pierre 221 2004
8 Mike Young 217 2006
9 Matt Holliday 216 2007
10 Magglio Ordonez 216 2007
11 Mike Young 216 2004
12 Vernon Wells 215 2003
13 Derek Jeter 214 2006
14 Miguel Tejada 214 2006
15 Dustin Pedroia 213 2008
16 Ichiro Suzuki 213 2008
17 Derek Jeter 212 2009
18 Hanley Ramirez 212 2007
19 Jimmy Rollins 212 2007
20 Albert Pujols 212 2003
21 Ichiro Suzuki 212 2003
22 Todd Helton 209 2003
23 Alfonso Soriano 209 2002
24 Mark Loretta 208 2004
25 Ichiro Suzuki 208 2002
26 Derek Jeter 206 2007
27 Ichiro Suzuki 206 2005
28 Vladimir Guerrero 206 2004
29 Vladimir Guerrero 206 2002
30 Rich Aurilia 206 2001
31 Bret Boone 206 2001
32 Robinson Cano 204 2009
33 Jose Reyes 204 2008
34 Juan Pierre 204 2006
35 Juan Pierre 204 2003
36 Mike Young 204 2003
37 Miguel Tejada 204 2002
38 Bernie Williams 204 2002
39 Ryan Braun 203 2009
40 Chase Utley 203 2006
41 Miguel Tejada 203 2004
42 Derek Jeter 202 2005
43 Juan Pierre 202 2001
44 Shannon Stewart 202 2001
45 Mike Young 201 2007
46 Jack Wilson 201 2004
47 Garret Anderson 201 2003
48 Alex Rodriguez 201 2001
49 Placido Polanco 200 2007
50 Vladimir Guerrero 200 2006

The feat has been accomplished by 30 different players, with Ichiro two hits shy of doing it 10 times.

Player Yrs
Ichiro Suzuki 9
Mike Young 5
Derek Jeter 4
Juan Pierre 4
Miguel Tejada 3
Vladimir Guerrero 3
Robinson Cano 1
Ryan Braun 1
Jose Reyes 1
Dustin Pedroia 1
Jimmy Rollins 1
Hanley Ramirez 1
Placido Polanco 1
Magglio Ordonez 1
Matt Holliday 1
Chase Utley 1
Freddy Sanchez 1
Jack Wilson 1
Mark Loretta 1
Adrian Beltre 1
Vernon Wells 1
Albert Pujols 1
Todd Helton 1
Garret Anderson 1
Bernie Williams 1
Alfonso Soriano 1
Shannon Stewart 1
Alex Rodriguez 1
Bret Boone 1
Rich Aurilia 1

Looking at by season, we can see that it happened most frequently during the 2007, 2006, and 2005 seasons. Oddly, 2005 and 2008 had the lowest frequency (not including this incomplete season).

Year #Matching
2007 8 Matt Holliday / Derek Jeter / Magglio Ordonez / Placido Polanco / Hanley Ramirez / Jimmy Rollins / Ichiro Suzuki / Mike Young
2006 8 Vladimir Guerrero / Derek Jeter / Juan Pierre / Freddy Sanchez / Ichiro Suzuki / Miguel Tejada / Chase Utley / Mike Young
2004 8 Adrian Beltre / Vladimir Guerrero / Mark Loretta / Juan Pierre / Ichiro Suzuki / Miguel Tejada / Jack Wilson / Mike Young
2003 7 Garret Anderson / Todd Helton / Juan Pierre / Albert Pujols / Ichiro Suzuki / Vernon Wells / Mike Young
2001 6 Rich Aurilia / Bret Boone / Juan Pierre / Alex Rodriguez / Shannon Stewart / Ichiro Suzuki
2002 5 Vladimir Guerrero / Alfonso Soriano / Ichiro Suzuki / Miguel Tejada / Bernie Williams
2009 4 Ryan Braun / Robinson Cano / Derek Jeter / Ichiro Suzuki
2008 3 Dustin Pedroia / Jose Reyes / Ichiro Suzuki
2005 3 Derek Jeter / Ichiro Suzuki / Mike Young
2010 0

Here are candidates for this season with less than a dozen games left per player. To reach the milestone you need to average about one-and-a-quarter hits per game. As a result, I am including any player on this list who has accumulated 186 hits to this point.

There are only three.

Player H Year Tm
Ichiro Suzuki 198 2010 SEA
Robinson Cano 188 2010 NYY
Carlos Gonzalez 188 2010 COL

Despite Ichiro’s long background in Japan, he was regarded as a first-year player when he came to the majors. Here are the top hit producers for other newbies.

Rk Player H Year Tm
1 Ichiro Suzuki 242 2001 SEA
2 Albert Pujols 194 2001 STL
3 Rocco Baldelli 184 2003 TBD
4 Hideki Matsui 179 2003 NYY
5 Austin Jackson 172 2010 DET
6 Dan Uggla 172 2006 FLA

Ichiro was 27 in his first Mariners season.

Here are the most hits all-time in a season for players 27 or younger (player’s age on June 30th).

Rk Player H Year Age Tm
1 Ichiro Suzuki 242 2001 27 SEA
2 Lloyd Waner 223 1927 21 PIT
3 Dale Alexander 215 1929 26 DET
4 Joe DiMaggio 206 1936 21 NYY
5 Johnny Frederick 206 1929 27 BRO
6 Johnny Pesky 205 1942 22 BOS
7 Roy Johnson 201 1929 26 DET
8 Earl Averill 198 1929 27 CLE
9 Buddy Hassett 197 1936 24 BRO
10 Albert Pujols 194 2001 21 STL
11 Wally Moon 193 1954 24 STL
12 Barney McCosky 190 1939 22 DET
13 Tom Oliver 189 1930 27 BOS
14 Orlando Cepeda 188 1958 20 SFG
15 Ted Williams 185 1939 20 BOS
16 Rocco Baldelli 184 2003 21 TBD
17 Al Simmons 183 1924 22 PHA
18 Lou Klein 180 1943 24 STL
19 Paul Waner 180 1926 23 PIT
20 Lu Blue 180 1921 24 DET
21 Glenn Wright 177 1924 23 PIT
22 Pinky Whitney 176 1928 23 PHI
23 Eddie Murray 173 1977 21 BAL
24 Austin Jackson 172 2010 23 DET
25 Dan Uggla 172 2006 26 FLA
26 Wally Joyner 172 1986 24 CAL
27 Wally Berger 172 1930 24 BSN
28 Evar Swanson 172 1929 26 CIN
29 Del Pratt 172 1912 24 SLB
30 Jake Wood 171 1961 24 DET
31 Dick Howser 171 1961 25 KCA
32 Vince Coleman 170 1985 23 STL
33 Pete Rose 170 1963 22 CIN

Here are the top 25 most prolific hit seasons all-time.

Rk Player H Year
1 Ichiro Suzuki 262 2004
2 George Sisler 257 1920
3 Bill Terry 254 1930
4 Lefty O’Doul 254 1929
5 Al Simmons 253 1925
6 Chuck Klein 250 1930
7 Rogers Hornsby 250 1922
8 Ty Cobb 248 1911
9 George Sisler 246 1922
10 Ichiro Suzuki 242 2001
11 Babe Herman 241 1930
12 Heinie Manush 241 1928
13 Darin Erstad 240 2000
14 Wade Boggs 240 1985
15 Rod Carew 239 1977
16 Ichiro Suzuki 238 2007
17 Don Mattingly 238 1986
18 Joe Medwick 237 1937
19 Paul Waner 237 1927
20 Harry Heilmann 237 1921
21 Jack Tobin 236 1921
22 Rogers Hornsby 235 1921
23 Kirby Puckett 234 1988
24 Lloyd Waner 234 1929
25 Shoeless Joe Jackson 233 1911

Here are the repeat offenders from this list.

Player Yrs From To
Ichiro Suzuki 3 2001 2007
Rogers Hornsby 2 1921 1922
George Sisler 2 1920 1922

Here are the 16 Hall of Famers on this list.

Rk Player H Tm
1 George Sisler 257 SLB
2 Bill Terry 254 NYG
3 Al Simmons 253 PHA
4 Chuck Klein 250 PHI
5 Rogers Hornsby 250 STL
6 Ty Cobb 248 DET
7 George Sisler 246 SLB
8 Heinie Manush 241 SLB
9 Wade Boggs 240 BOS
10 Rod Carew 239 MIN
11 Joe Medwick 237 STL
12 Paul Waner 237 PIT
13 Harry Heilmann 237 DET
14 Rogers Hornsby 235 STL
15 Kirby Puckett 234 MIN
16 Lloyd Waner 234 PIT

As of today, Ichiro has 2228 hits. Here are the active (meaning they played in 2010) who have more than Ichiro. Note that he is the only one who started his career after 1997.

Rk Player H From To
1 Derek Jeter 2914 1995 2010
2 Ivan Rodriguez 2815 1991 2010
3 Omar Vizquel 2795 1989 2010
4 Ken Griffey 2781 1989 2010
5 Alex Rodriguez 2663 1994 2010
6 Manny Ramirez 2569 1993 2010
7 Johnny Damon 2560 1995 2010
8 Garret Anderson 2529 1994 2010
9 Chipper Jones 2490 1993 2010
10 Vladimir Guerrero 2419 1996 2010
11 Miguel Tejada 2275 1997 2010
12 Edgar Renteria 2252 1996 2010
13 Bobby Abreu 2251 1996 2010
14 Todd Helton 2230 1997 2010
15 Ichiro Suzuki 2228 2001 2010

Finally, here is where Ichiro stands on the all-time hit list

Rk Player H From To
1 Pete Rose 4256 1963 1986
2 Ty Cobb 4189 1905 1928
3 Hank Aaron 3771 1954 1976
4 Stan Musial 3630 1941 1963
5 Tris Speaker 3514 1907 1928
6 Carl Yastrzemski 3419 1961 1983
7 Paul Molitor 3319 1978 1998
8 Eddie Collins 3315 1906 1930
9 Willie Mays 3283 1951 1973
10 Eddie Murray 3255 1977 1997
11 Cal Ripken 3184 1981 2001
12 George Brett 3154 1973 1993
13 Paul Waner 3152 1926 1945
14 Robin Yount 3142 1974 1993
15 Tony Gwynn 3141 1982 2001
16 Dave Winfield 3110 1973 1995
17 Craig Biggio 3060 1988 2007
18 Rickey Henderson 3055 1979 2003
19 Rod Carew 3053 1967 1985
20 Lou Brock 3023 1961 1979
21 Rafael Palmeiro 3020 1986 2005
22 Wade Boggs 3010 1982 1999
23 Al Kaline 3007 1953 1974
24 Roberto Clemente 3000 1955 1972
25 Sam Rice 2987 1915 1934
Rk Player H From To
26 Frank Robinson 2943 1956 1976
27 Barry Bonds 2935 1986 2007
28 Rogers Hornsby 2930 1915 1937
29 Al Simmons 2927 1924 1944
30 Derek Jeter 2914 1995 2010
31 Zack Wheat 2884 1909 1927
32 Frankie Frisch 2880 1919 1937
33 Mel Ott 2876 1926 1947
34 Babe Ruth 2873 1914 1935
35 Harold Baines 2866 1980 2001
36 Brooks Robinson 2848 1955 1977
37 Charlie Gehringer 2839 1924 1942
38 Sam Crawford 2821 1901 1917
39 Ivan Rodriguez 2815 1991 2010
40 George Sisler 2812 1915 1930
41 Omar Vizquel 2795 1989 2010
42 Ken Griffey 2781 1989 2010
43 Andre Dawson 2774 1976 1996
44 Honus Wagner 2766 1901 1917
45 Vada Pinson 2757 1958 1975
46 Luke Appling 2749 1930 1950
47 Al Oliver 2743 1968 1985
48 Goose Goslin 2735 1921 1938
49 Tony Perez 2732 1964 1986
50 Roberto Alomar 2724 1988 2004
Rk Player H From To
51 Lou Gehrig 2721 1923 1939
52 Rusty Staub 2716 1963 1985
53 Bill Buckner 2715 1969 1990
54 Dave Parker 2712 1973 1991
55 Billy Williams 2711 1959 1976
56 Doc Cramer 2705 1929 1948
57 Gary Sheffield 2689 1988 2009
58 Luis Aparicio 2677 1956 1973
59 Max Carey 2665 1910 1929
60 Alex Rodriguez 2663 1994 2010
61 Nellie Fox 2663 1947 1965
62 Harry Heilmann 2660 1914 1932
63 Ted Williams 2654 1939 1960
64 Jimmie Foxx 2646 1925 1945
65 Tim Raines 2605 1979 2002
66 Rabbit Maranville 2605 1912 1935
67 Steve Garvey 2599 1969 1987
68 Luis Gonzalez 2591 1990 2008
69 Julio Franco 2586 1982 2007
70 Reggie Jackson 2584 1967 1987
71 Ernie Banks 2583 1953 1971
72 Richie Ashburn 2574 1948 1962
73 Manny Ramirez 2569 1993 2010
74 Willie Davis 2561 1960 1979
75 Johnny Damon 2560 1995 2010
Rk Player H From To
76 Steve Finley 2548 1989 2007
77 Garret Anderson 2529 1994 2010
78 Heinie Manush 2524 1923 1939
79 Nap Lajoie 2521 1901 1916
80 Joe Morgan 2517 1963 1984
81 Buddy Bell 2514 1972 1989
82 Mickey Vernon 2495 1939 1960
83 Chipper Jones 2490 1993 2010
84 Fred McGriff 2490 1986 2004
85 Ted Simmons 2472 1968 1988
86 Joe Medwick 2471 1932 1948
87 Frank Thomas 2468 1990 2008
88 Harry Hooper 2466 1909 1925
89 Jeff Kent 2461 1992 2008
90 Ozzie Smith 2460 1978 1996
91 Lloyd Waner 2459 1927 1945
92 Jim Rice 2452 1974 1989
93 Red Schoendienst 2449 1945 1963
94 Dwight Evans 2446 1972 1991
95 Mark Grace 2445 1988 2003
96 Kenny Lofton 2428 1991 2007
97 Vladimir Guerrero 2419 1996 2010
98 Pie Traynor 2416 1920 1937
99 Mickey Mantle 2415 1951 1968
100 Sammy Sosa 2408 1989 2007
Rk Player H From To
101 Stuffy McInnis 2405 1909 1927
102 Ryne Sandberg 2386 1981 1997
103 Enos Slaughter 2383 1938 1959
104 Chili Davis 2380 1981 1999
105 Edd Roush 2376 1913 1931
106 Brett Butler 2375 1981 1997
107 Lou Whitaker 2369 1977 1995
108 Alan Trammell 2365 1977 1996
109 Carlton Fisk 2356 1969 1993
110 Joe Judge 2352 1915 1934
111 Orlando Cepeda 2351 1958 1974
112 Billy Herman 2345 1931 1947
113 Joe Torre 2342 1960 1977
114 Barry Larkin 2340 1986 2004
115 Bernie Williams 2336 1991 2006
116 Andres Galarraga 2333 1985 2004
117 B.J. Surhoff 2326 1987 2005
118 Dave Concepcion 2326 1970 1988
119 Jake Daubert 2326 1910 1924
120 Eddie Mathews 2315 1952 1968
121 Jeff Bagwell 2314 1991 2005
122 Jim Bottomley 2313 1922 1937
123 Kirby Puckett 2304 1984 1995
124 Kiki Cuyler 2299 1921 1938
125 Charlie Grimm 2299 1916 1936
Rk Player H From To
126 Joe Cronin 2285 1926 1945
127 Gary Gaetti 2280 1981 2000
128 Tony Fernandez 2276 1983 2001
129 Miguel Tejada 2275 1997 2010
130 Jimmy Dykes 2256 1918 1939
131 Willie McGee 2254 1982 1999
132 Ron Santo 2254 1960 1974
133 Edgar Renteria 2252 1996 2010
134 Bobby Abreu 2251 1996 2010
135 Marquis Grissom 2251 1989 2005
136 Jose Cruz 2251 1970 1988
137 Bert Campaneris 2249 1964 1983
138 Edgar Martinez 2247 1987 2004
139 John Olerud 2239 1989 2005
140 Mike Schmidt 2234 1972 1989
141 Willie Stargell 2232 1962 1982
142 Todd Helton 2230 1997 2010
143 Ichiro Suzuki 2228 2001 2010