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Garret Anderson joins Bill Buckner in the 2,500-hit club

Oct 2, 2009, 1:20 PM EDT

Last night Garret Anderson became the 89th player in baseball history with 2,500 career hits, which is what happens when you’re a lifetime .295 hitter who rarely takes a walk and have played in 2,145 games.
Anderson has been a solid player for most of his 16 seasons, but a lack of plate discipline and relatively modest power leave him with a career .326 on-base percentage and .465 slugging percentage.
That makes him merely a slightly above average hitter overall, and in fact among all players with 2,500 or more hits Anderson has the seventh-lowest adjusted OPS+ ahead of only five middle infielders, a center fielder, and Bill Buckner:

                       HITS     OPS+
Luis Aparicio          2677      82
Rabbit Maranville      2605      82
Omar Vizquel           2704      83
Doc Cramer             2705      84
Nellie Fox             2663      93
Bill Buckner           2715      99
GARRET ANDERSON        2501     104

Obviously accumulating 2,500 hits is an impressive accomplishment any way you slice it, but doubles and homers are worth more than singles and walks are worth plenty too, which is why focusing on Anderson’s hit total overstates his value quite a bit. Once you account for overall production rather than just “hits” and factor in both position and defensive value, only Buckner has a less-impressive resume for the 2,500-hit club.

  1. John Pileggi - Oct 2, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Everyone on the list, particularly Buckner, was quite a good ballplayer. Moneyball and stats have made analysis unfocused wuth respect to guys who just flat out can play ball, are good team mates and compile more-than-respectable numbers. Buckner will be forever tainted by the 1986 series, but take that away, and with 300 more hits he is a Hall of Famer. Aparicio was one of the best all around shortstops ever, as was Vizquel.

  2. John Boarman - Oct 3, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    John what are you talking about? 300 more hits and people will start saying Garret Anderson is a hall of famer.
    When in public Think before you spank man.

  3. Bill Pay Free - Feb 9, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Good one mate!! Thanks :)

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