By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols recorded his 3,000 hit on Friday night against the Seattle Mariners. The 38-year-old needed 18-years to achieve the feat.
Pujols is now 31st on the all-time hits list with 3,001 hits. He’ll likely be a Hall of Famer when his career is all said and done.
Ichiro Suzuki was the active leader before he decided to walk away from the game and join the Seattle Mariners front office on Thursday after 3,089 hits. Texas Rangers third baseman Adrián Beltré presently is the active hits leader following Suzuki’s unofficial retirement with 3,075 hits.
Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is the next possible player to potentially reach the 3,000 hits mark. Cabrera, who is 72nd on the all-time hits list, has 2,666 hits, as of Friday night.
Cabrera will need 334 hits to reach 3,000 hits in his career. Despite several months left in the season, it’ll likely take Miggy several seasons before he is close enough to achieve this accomplishment.
He only has 30 hits this season. He had 117 hits all of last season — the fewest amount of hits he had in a season since his rookie campaign in 2003 when he had 84 hits with the Miami Marlins.
Even if he gets 117 hits this season (87 more to tie last season’s hit count), he’ll still need 217 hits moving forward. That’ll likely mean he would not achieve this feat until at least the 2020 MLB season.
Mariners second baseman Robinson Canó is the next active player, who may possibly have a chance. However, with his 2,409 hits, he is 123rd on the all-time hits list — and will likely take him five-to-six seasons before he is even close to 3,000 hits.
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