To be known as one of the greatest hitters in baseball, you have to be capable of delivering night in and night out in Major League Baseball. The competition in MLB is the best in the world. If you can deliver for a decade or more, you’ll become a Hall of Famer. While some believe that being a home run hitter puts you on the greatest hitter list automatically, it doesn’t.
If a home run hitter can also drive in a high number of RBIs and singles, doubles, and triples too, they will belong on this list. However, just because a player can get 40 HRs a year does not excuse a subpar batting average. This is a problem for some of the best HR hitters in history. This list takes doping scandals into account as well. While some men have been believed to have or did use things like steroids and/or HGH, remember that this does not help them hit the ball. It merely helps them hit it harder and likely further. What we’re saying is, we should not dismiss hitters if they randomly have a connection to this.
Our criteria for the players was that all had to have some form of batting title, led a team to a championship, have a great career batting average, and/or had amazing numbers to match their time played. Let’s get started.
40. Ichiro Suzuki
Baseball has become quite huge in Japan, and it can easily be claimed that Ichiro Suzuki helped to grow it to the popularity it is now. Suzuki played in Japan for years but ended up playing at a high level with MLB for about 17 years. In that time, he was able to get 1,278 hits, 118 HRs, and 529 RBIs. He also has a career batting average of 0.353.
Suzuki is a 10-time All-Star, 3-time Silver Slugger Award winner, 2-time AL Batting Champion, and he was the 2001 AL MVP. Yet he was considered to be among the greatest lead-off hitters ever due to seemingly always getting on base. It helps that he was insanely fast.