Pete Rose, Derek Jeter, Ichiro Suzuki and the Top 20 Players with the Most Singles in Baseball History

Two Of The Greatest Singles Hitters Of All Time, Derek Jeter And Ichiro Suzuki, Have Nearly 5,000 Singles Between Them, But Pete Rose Stands Alone At The Top

Two Of The Greatest Singles Hitters Of All Time, Derek Jeter And Ichiro Suzuki, Have Nearly 5,000 Singles Between Them, But Pete Rose Stands Alone At The Top

Probably – and I haven’t gone through everybody’s numbers – most players’ hits, the highest percentage, are singles.

They’re just the easiest to create.

But within that 60%-90% or so range are enough differences to “single” out those hitters who were primarily singles hitters and those who collected doubles and home runs (and much more rarely, triples) more often than the others.

Take a look at the top 20 players with the most singles ever, below. In many ways, this list mimics the all-time hits leaders list, if not always in order, at least in terms of the players themselves.

Pete Rose, man with the most hits, also has the most singles – and just over 75 percent of the bunch. He and Ty Cobb have over 3,000 singles alone (never mind total hits).

Derek Jeter rounds out the top five, all of whom have singles percentages in the middle 70’s or higher, give or take.

That’s about middle of the road.

At the high end of scale – the purest singles hitters – you have Wee Willie Keeler  (85.7%) of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and Ichiro Suzuki (81.3%), who’s still active today.

At the other end, you have these three awesome hitters: Hank Aaron (60.8%), Stan Musial (62.1%) and Carl Yastrzemski (66.2%). Definitely not singles hitters.

PLAYER SINGLES TOTAL HITS SINGLES PERCENTAGE BATS
1. Pete Rose 3,215 4,256 75.5% B
2. Ty Cobb 3,053 4,189 72.9% L
3. Eddie Collins 2,643 3,315 79.7% L
4. Cap Anson 2,614 3,435 76.1% R
5. Derek Jeter 2,576 3,439 74.9% R
6. Willie Keeler 2,513 2,932 85.7% L
7. Honus Wagner 2,424 3,430 70.7% R
8. Rod Carew 2,404 3,053 78.7% L
9. Tris Speaker 2,383 3,514 67.8% L
10. Tony Gwynn 2,378 3,141 75.7% L
11. Paul Molitor 2,366 3,319 71.3% R
12. Nap Lajoie 2,341 3,243 72.2% R
13. Hank Aaron 2,294 3,771 60.8% R
14. Ichiro Suzuki 2,289 2,816 81.3% L
15. Jesse Burkett 2,273 2,850 79.8% L
16. Sam Rice 2,271 2,987 76.0% L
17. Omar Vizquel 2,264 2,877 78.7% B
18. Carl Yastrzemski 2,262 3,419 66.2% L
19. Wade Boggs 2,253 3,010 74.9% L
19. Stan Musial 2,253 3,630 62.1% L

Photo: Charlie Neibergall (AP) via espn.com

Posted on August 23, 2014, in MLB Baseball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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