R.B.I. Milestone

THE 1,500 CAREER R.B.I.MILESTONE
A FORGOTTEN HALL OF FAME STATISTIC

The Baseball Hall of Fame, as mentioned many times in our website, baseballsgreatesthitters.com for the most part, has been about the numbers. For most of baseball history, the 500 Home Run Club and the 3,000 Hit Club, were considered to be an automatic entry to Cooperstown, and we feel those milestone numbers still exist. The media, sports talk radio hosts etc. continue to feel the record book numbers were destroyed by the steroid era. At baseballsgreatesthitters.com, we are not in full agreement, we believe the 115 years of compiling baseball statistics should not be dismissed, and we should not allow nine players to change the history of the sport we love. The nine players include, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmiero Gary Sheffield, David Ortiz, and Jose Canseco. We feel when the dust settles, there will be a total of 15 to 20 players that will have negative effect of these historic milestones. As of February 1 ,2018 ,there have been a total of 19,183 major league baseball players, we should not have less than one percent of the players destroy the record books.

Beginning the 2018 season, there are 27 players in the 500 Home Run Club, 18 of these players are in the Hall of Fame. There are 9 players not in the Hall of Fame, Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmiero, Gary Sheffield, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, and Manny Ramirez for P.E.D.use, represents six of the nine players .Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz are not eligible and Albert Pujols is still an active player.

Beginning the 2018 season, there are 31 players in the 3,000 Hit Club, 25 of these players are in the Hall of Fame. There are only 6 players not in the Hall of Fame, Rafael Palmiero is the only player kept out for P.E.D.use, Pete Rose, is banned from baseball, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez are not yet eligible. And Ichiro Suzuki and Adrian Beltre are active players. Summing the 3,000 Hit Club, we feel this milestone was not blemished by the steroid era.

To summarize these milestones based on a 15 Year Career, if a player were to hit 30 Home Runs for 15 consecutive seasons, his career total would be a total of 450 Home Runs, leaving him 50 homers shy of the 500 Club. A player would need 15 consecutive seasons of 200 hits to reach the 3,000 Hit Club, These milestones, even with the damage done with the steroid era, are still impressive, and should still be considered to be an almost automatic entry to baseballs Hall of Fame.

As we review our 1,500 career R.B.I. Club, we should further look into this, as we believe to be, a Hall of Fame milestone. Beginning the 2018 season, only 56 players in the history of the game have reached this plateau, 41 of these 56 players are in Cooperstown. Checking the 15 players not in The Hall…….5 were kept out for P.E.D.use 3 players are active, and 3 players are few years away from being on the ballot. Only 4 Players in baseball history to have reached this milestone are not in the Hall of Fame, Harold Baines and Carlos Delgado are off the ballot, and Jeff Kent and Fred McGriff ??????? At baseballsgreatesthitters.com, we feel both Fred McGriff and Jeff Kent are both Hall of Famers, are perhaps the voters should consider using this milestone and giving these two players a better look.

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Rank Player RBIs Bats Rank Players/Yrs RBIs Bats HoF Stats
1 Hank Aaron+ (23) 2297 R 1 Alex Rodriguez (22) 2086 R Eligible in 2022
2 Babe Ruth+ (22) 2214 L 2 Barry Bonds (22) 1996 L P.E.D.USE
3 Alex Rodriguez (22) 2086 R 3 Albert Pujols (19, 39) 1982 R ACTIVE
4 Cap Anson+ (27) 2075 R 4 Rafael Palmeiro (20) 1835 L P.E.D.USE
5 Barry Bonds (22) 1996 L 5 Manny Ramirez (19) 1831 R P.E.D.USE
6 Lou Gehrig+ (17) 1995 L 6 David Ortiz (20) 1768 L Eligible in 2022
7 Albert Pujols-(19,39) 1982 R 7 Adrian Beltre (21,40) 1,707 R ACTIVE
8 Stan Musial+ (22) 1951 L 8 Gary Sheffield (22) 1676 R P.E.D.USE
9 Ty Cobb+ (24) 1944 R 9 Sammy Sosa (18 1667 R P.E.D.USE
10 Jimmie Foxx +(20) 1922 R 10 Miguel Cabrera (16,36) 1635 R ACTIVE
11 Eddie Murray+ (21) 1917 B 11 Harold Baines (22) 1628 L Off Ball. in 5th Yr.
12 Willie Mays+ (22) 1903 R 12 Carlos Beltran (20) 1587 B Eligible in 2023
13 Mel Ott+ (22) 1860 L 13 Fred McGriff (19) 1550 L ????????
14 Carl Yastrzemski+ (23) 1844 L 14 Jeff Kent (17) 1518 R ?????????
15 Ted Williams+ (19) 1839 L 15 Carlos Delgado (17) 1512 L Off Ballot in 2015
16 Ken Griffey+ (22) 1836 L
17 Rafael Palmeiro (20) 1835 L
18 Dave Winfield+ (22) 1833 R
19 Manny Ramirez (19) 1831 R
20 Al Simmons+ (20) 1828 R
21 Frank Robinson+ (21) 1812 R
22 David Ortiz (20) 1768 L
23 Honus Wagner+ (21) 1732 R
24 Adrian Beltre (21,40) 1707 R
25 Frank Thomas + (19) 1704 R
26 Reggie Jackson+ (21) 1702 L
27 Jim Thome + (22) 1699 L
28 Cal Ripken + (21) 1695 R
29 Gary Sheffield (22) 1676 R
30 Sammy Sosa (18) 1667 R
31 Tony Perez+ (23) 1652 R
32 Ernie Banks+ (19) 1636 R
33 Miguel Cabrera(16,36) 1635 R
34 Harold Baines (22) 1628 L
35 Chipper Jones+(19) 1623 B
36 Goose Goslin+ (18) 1612 L
37 Nap Lajoie+ (21) 1599 R
38 George Brett+ (21) 1596 L
39 Mike Schmidt+ (18) 1595 R
40 Andre Dawson+ (21) 1591 R
41 Carlos Beltran (20) 1587 B
42 Rogers Hornsby+ (23) 1584 R
Harmon Killebrew+ (22) 1584 R
44 Al Kaline+ (22) 1582 R
45 Jake Beckley+ (20) 1581 L
46 Willie McCovey+ (22) 1555 L
47 Fred McGriff (19) 1550 L
48 Harry Heilmann+ (17) 1543 R
49 Willie Stargell+ (21) 1540 L
50 Joe DiMaggio+ (13) 1537 R
51 Tris Speaker+ (22) 1531 L
52 Jeff Bagwell+ (15) 1529 R
53 Sam Crawford+ (19) 1523 L
54 Jeff Kent (17) 1518 R
55 Carlos Delgado (17) 1512 L
56 Mickey Mantle+ (18) 1509 B