The Best Switch Hitters in Baseball History, Part 1 of 2: Tops in Hits, Home Runs, Batting Average, RBI and Runs Scored
Another switch hitter – a more balanced and equally statistically impressive one, in fact – can be easily forgotten amongst giants like those two, but definitely should not be.
It’s Eddie Murray, and take a seat before checking his numbers.
Rose, of course, has more hits than any switch hitter. Next on the list? Murray. They are the only 3,000-switch hit men. Mantle finished with 2,415, out of the top 10 below.
Mantle smacked 536 home runs, 16th all-time and most amongst switch hitters. Murray smacked 504. They are the only 500-HR switch hit men. Rose? 160. Way, way out of the top 10.
OK, Murray “only” finished with a .287 lifetime batting average, but he has more RBI than either Rose or Mantle and the most ever amongst switch hitters.
Runs scored? They’re one-two-three.
Fourth? Chipper Jones (and he’s fifth amongst switchies in hits, third in home runs, third in batting average and second in RBI, too).
Jones is the one switch hitter to appear on all five lists.
A final note. Only five switch hitters finished with a career .300 average* (including Jones, again). Makes you wonder. Does it really pay to be one?
What about doubles, triples, total bases, on-base percentage, OPS and slugging? That’s in Part 2.
|3.||Chipper Jones||.303 (.3034)|
|3.||Pete Rose||.303 (.3029)|
|10.||Bip Roberts||.294 (.2942)|
|10.||Tim Raines||.294 (.2936)|
|10.||Lance Berkman||.294 (.2935)|
* Includes players only from the unified NL-AL era (1901-present) who played for a minimum of 10 seasons.
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