2015 Milestone Watch: Hitting

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.

3,000 Hits:

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.

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