Top 8 All-Time MLB Hit Leaders, Now Featuring Derek Jeter
Yeah, Jeets! On Sunday, April 6, Jeter hit a pair of pitches. This, on the surface of things, does not seem especially abnormal — it’s the course of events in a baseball game, after all. Especially when it’s Derek Jeter. But those two hits catapulted the Hall of Fame shortstop into eighth place on the All Time hits list for Major League baseball.*
There’s an asterisk there because if you’re counting all of Cap Anson’s hits, then Jeter is actually ninth of all time. However, conventional wisdom states that Anson only hit about 3,000 ‘proper pitches,’ with the rest coming from the unrecognized by the MLB National Association of Professional Base Ball Players, a pro league from the late 19th century. So, Jeter has officially displaced Paul Moliter in the Top 8 with 3,220 career hits to his name.
Jeter, who is set to turn 40 in June, will be playing out his last season as a professional baseball player this year. After announcing the move to his Facebook fans and holding a “don’t call it a retirement” retirement press conference, Jeter is hoping to snag at least a few more hits before he rides off into the smog-choked New York sunset on the back of a gold-plated stallion. Here’s who ranks as his contemporaries and peers on the All Time Hits List.