Hit (baseball) Pete Rose has the most hits in Major League Baseball history, with 4,256. When his current big league hits are added to his prior 1,278 hits in Nippon Professional Baseball, Ichiro Suzuki has the most career hits across top-tier professional leagues.
Rose and Brooks Robinson are the only two players who have hit over 400 homers during their careers. They both did so while playing first base. Robinson hit 414 homers from 1956 to 1975 with the Baltimore Orioles/Boston Red Sox/Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants; Rose hit 405 homers from 1964 to 1997 with the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, and Washington Nationals.
Besides Rose and Robinson, George Brett is the only other player who has hit 400 homers while playing third base. He did so from 1979 to 1991 with the Kansas City Royals.
In fact, no one but Rose and Brett have hit 300 homers while playing third base. The only other third basemen to reach that mark are Joe DiMaggio with 261 and Mike Schmidt with 260.
Brett won the National League MVP Award in 1980 when he had 39 homers and 131 RBIs; Rose won in 1986 when he had 147 hits in a season. Both men have been banned from MLB for life for using cocaine.
Most hits in a career (4,256) Pete Rose has a damaged reputation in baseball, but his accomplishments will never be forgotten. His career hit total of 4,256 is the one that sticks out above the others. Derek Jeter, at 3,242, is the closest active player to that mark. (1,270) BASES OF CAREER STOLEN HITS
In 1989, Rose admitted to gambling on baseball games while working as a manager in the minors. He was suspended for this violation of baseball's rules and later banned from the game for life. In 1990, he attempted to have his record cleared, only to be again banned for life by Commissioner Bart Giamatti.
During his lifetime, Rose had been accused of illegal activity before; however, this time it was not just another rumor. This time it was actually proof that he had bet on baseball games. When asked about this during an interview years after the fact, Rose said, "I knew what I was doing was wrong."
His denial did not help his case, and so he was once again removed from baseball. This time though, there was more controversy than just being banned from the game. It was reported that during his time as a manager, he would often tell his players who were hitting well or losing games to avoid walking people. He also is known for selling fake umpires' calls -- specifically, his own -- during this time period.
In 2016, he also had 216. In 2019, Whit Merrfield and Rafael Devers were two of the top hit leaders, both with more than 200 hits. Mookie Betts, Jacob Ellsbury, and Dustin Pedroia are a few notable Red Sox players who have had over 200 hits in a season in the recent decade.
During the World Series last year, Boston was able to win the series in seven games vs the Los Angeles Dodgers. During the series, David Ortiz got beaned by a pitch from Clayton Kershaw and had to leave the game. After coming back from injury, he still played three more games including the finale. He ended up hitting.500 (15 for 30) with four homers and 11 RBI's during that span.
In Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees, Rafael Devers hit his first home run as a Red Sox player. It was a two-run shot in the third inning. He went on to finish the game with three hits out of the leadoff spot. In 2018, he led the league with 155 hits.
With 14,053 at-bats, Pete Rose is the all-time leader. Rose is also the only player in MLB history to have at least 13,000 at bats. Only 29 players in MLB history have surpassed 10,000 career at bats, with Albert Pujols the only one still alive. Of the 29 players, eight are in the Hall of Fame: Rose, George S. Paige, Joe DiMaggio, Jim Thorpe, Billy Williams, Manny Ramirez, and Chipper Jones.
When it comes to batting average, there are two players that stand out ahead of the rest of the pack: Ted Williams and Willie McCovey. Williams was a force at the plate during his era with the Boston Red Sox, hitting.441 in 1941. He's still ranked first with 27.1% of votes. McCovey had another great year for the San Francisco Giants in 1957, when he led the league with 129 hits. He finished second only to Williams' 144 hits. Williams has a good chance at breaking the record since there are only nine players currently active in the major leagues who have played in more than half of their teams' games over the last decade. All but one of those players (Joe Mauer) play in the American League. If anyone else were to break the record, it would be Tony Gwynn or Ralph Kiner.
Rose, Pete With 3,358 hits, Pete Rose holds the record for most hits in Cincinnati Reds history. The current leader is Jay Bruce with 1,636 hits.
His achievements and records will be hard to beat forever. The only thing that could possibly beat him out is if he were to one day be banned from baseball due to gambling allegations. Then someone else would have to break this record to even make a difference.
In conclusion, Pete Rose is the greatest hitter in Cincinnati Reds history. He will always hold this title thanks to his amazing career statistics and accomplishments.