CLUB DUES – WAITING FOR BELTRE – by BILL ARNOLD

CLUB DUES

The 3,000-hit club will admit a new member soon, third baseman Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers. Through Friday, the 38-year-old Beltre was just two hits away from becoming the 31st major-leaguer to reach 3,000. In the 94 major-league seasons from 1876 to 1969, just eight players reached 3K (Cap Anson – 1897, Honus Wagner – 1914, Nap Lajoie – 1914, Ty Cobb – 1921, Tris Speaker – 1925, Eddie Collins – 1925, Paul Waner – 1942, Stan Musial – 1958). But in the 48 seasons since, twenty-two players (soon to be 23) have reached the milestone. Beltre will enter the club with over 10,475 at bats, the fifth most of any member trailing only Cal Ripken, Jr., (10,803 ABs), Rickey Henderson (10,710), Craig Biggio (10,645) and Dave Winfield (10,559). And he will have played more than 2,769 games, eighth most behind Henderson (2,979 games), Carl Yastrzemski (2,848), Winfield (2,840), Al Kaline (2,825), Rafael Palmeiro (2,809), Ripken (2,800) and Biggio (2,781). The 22 major-leaguers who have joined the 3,000-hit club from 1970 to the present are (age in years and days):

 

Player, Team, Year, Age, AB, GP

Hank Aaron, Braves, 1970, 36.101, 9,566, 2,460

Willie Mays, Giants, 1970, 39.073, 9,802, 2,639

Roberto Clemente, Pirates, 1972, 38.043, 9,454, 2,433

Al Kaline, Tigers, 1974, 39.279, 10,096, 2,825

Pete Rose, Expos, 1978, 37.021, 9,690, 2,370

Lou Brock, Cardinals, 1979, 40.056, 10,324, 2,629

Carl Yastrzemski, Red Sox, 1979, 40.021, 10,418, 2,848

Rod Carew, Angels, 1985, 39.307, 9,101, 2,417

Robin Yount, Brewers, 1992, 36.358, 10,473, 2,708

George Brett, Royals, 1992, 36.138, 9,779, 2,559

Dave Winfield, Twins, 1993, 41.348, 10,559, 2,840

Eddie Murray, Indians, 1995, 39.204, 10,392, 2,764

Paul Molitor, Twins, 1996, 40.205, 9,750, 2,411

Tony Gwynn, Padres, 1999, 39.120, 8,874, 2,284

Wade Boggs, Rays, 1999, 41.052, 9,151, 2,430

Cal Ripken, Jr., Orioles, 2000, 39.234, 10,803, 2,800

Rickey Henderson, Padres, 2001, 42.286, 10,710, 2,979

Rafael Palmeiro, Orioles, 2005, 40.294, 10,393, 2,809

Craig Biggio, Astros, 2007, 41.196, 10,645, 2,781

Derek Jeter, Yankees, 2011, 37.013, 9,607, 2,362

Alex Rodriguez, Yankees, 2015, 39.327, 10,035, 2,631

Ichiro Suzuki, Marlins, 2016, 42.299, 10,333, 2,452