In the age of sabermetrics and advanced statistics, traditional milestones like 3000 hits are less lauded than ever before. Fans are skeptical of every 500 home run hitter in the post-steroid era. However, baseball has always been a game of milestones. Many Hall of Fame voters decide their ballots on career numbers, making longevity a priority over seasonal dominance.
Keep an eye on the following players as they look to rewrite the record books in 2015.
4,257 Professional Hits*:
Ichiro Suzuki – 4,140 (3rd All-Time)
This one comes with a bit of an asterisk, but it is worth mentioning that Ichiro is well within reach of Pete Rose‘s all-time hits record. When you include hits from his career in Japan, he has tallied 4,140 knocks in his lifetime. Baseball may have a new hit king had Ichiro played his entire career in the United States.
Alex Rodriguez – 2,958 (31st All-Time)
Rodriguez should surpass 3,000 hits before the All-Star break and is on-pace for around 125 hits this season. He has a legitimate shot to pass Craig Biggio at 3,060 for 21st all-time in 2015. Love him or hate him, he is still one of the best hitters of all-time and should be recognized for it.
Ichiro Suzuki – 2,862 (44th All-Time)
Even though he is only 138 hits short, Ichiro may be a long shot for 3,000 at 41 years old.