List of Major League Baseball career at-bat leaders

Pete Rose, the all-time leader in at-bats.

In baseball, an at bat (AB) or time at bat is a batter's turn batting against a pitcher. An at bat is different from a plate appearance. A batter is credited with a plate appearance regardless of what happens during his turn at bat. A batter is only credited with an at bat if that plate appearance does not have one of the results enumerated below:

  • He receives a base on balls (BB).[note 1]
  • He is hit by a pitch (HBP).
  • He hits a sacrifice fly or a sacrifice bunt (also known as sacrifice hit).
  • He is awarded first base due to interference or obstruction, usually by the catcher.
  • He is replaced by another hitter before his at bat is completed, in which case the plate appearance and any related statistics go to the pinch hitter (unless he is replaced with two strikes and his replacement completes a strikeout, in which case the at bat and strikeout are still charged to the first batter).

While at bats are used to calculate certain statistics, including batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, a player can only qualify for the season-ending rankings in these categories if he accumulates 502 plate appearances during the season.[1]

Pete Rose is the all-time leader in at bats with 14,053. Rose is also the only player in MLB history with more than 13,000 or 14,000 at bats. There are only 29 players in MLB history that have reached 10,000 career at bats, with Albert Pujols being the only one active.

KeyEdit

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career at-bats. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2019 ABs) Number of at-bats hit during the 2019 Major League Baseball season
AB Total career at-bats
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold Denotes active player.[note 2]

ListEdit

 
Albert Pujols, the active leader in career at-bats and 16th all-time.
  • Stats updated as of 2019 season.
Rank Player (2019 ABs) AB
1 Pete Rose 14,053
2 Hank Aaron * 12,364
3 Carl Yastrzemski * 11,988
4 Cal Ripken, Jr. * 11,551
5 Ty Cobb * 11,434
6 Eddie Murray * 11,336
7 Derek Jeter 11,195
8 Adrián Beltré 11,068
9 Robin Yount * 11,008
10 Dave Winfield * 11,003
11 Stan Musial * 10,972
12 Rickey Henderson * 10,961
13 Willie Mays * 10,881
14 Craig Biggio * 10,876
15 Paul Molitor * 10,835
16 Albert Pujols (491) 10,687
17 Brooks Robinson * 10,654
18 Omar Vizquel 10,586
19 Alex Rodriguez 10,566
20 Rafael Palmeiro 10,472
21 Honus Wagner * 10,439
22 George Brett * 10,349
23 Lou Brock * 10,332
24 Cap Anson * 10,281
25 Luis Aparicio * 10,231
26 Tris Speaker 10,195
27 Al Kaline * 10,116
28 Rabbit Maranville * 10,078
29 Frank Robinson * 10,006
30 Eddie Collins * 9,949
31 Ichiro Suzuki 9,934
32 Andre Dawson * 9,927
33 Harold Baines * 9,908
34 Reggie Jackson * 9,864
35 Barry Bonds 9,847
36 Ken Griffey Jr. * 9,801
37 Tony Pérez * 9,778
38 Carlos Beltrán 9,768
39 Johnny Damon 9,736
40 Rusty Staub 9,720
41 Vada Pinson 9,645
42 Iván Rodríguez * 9,592
43 Nap Lajoie * 9,589
44 Sam Crawford * 9,570
45 Jake Beckley * 9,551
46 Paul Waner * 9,459
47 Mel Ott * 9,456
48 Roberto Clemente * 9,454
49 Ernie Banks * 9,421
50 Bill Buckner 9,397
Rank Player (2019 ABs) AB
Steve Finley 9,397
52 Ozzie Smith * 9,396
53 Max Carey * 9,363
54 Dave Parker 9,358
55 Billy Williams * 9,350
56 Rod Carew * 9,315
57 Jimmy Rollins 9,294
58 Tony Gwynn * 9,288
59 Joe Morgan * 9,277
60 Sam Rice * 9,269
61 Nellie Fox * 9,232
62 Gary Sheffield 9,217
63 Wade Boggs * 9,180
64 Willie Davis 9,174
65 Luis Gonzalez 9,157
66 Doc Cramer 9,140
67 Frankie Frisch * 9,112
68 Zach Wheat * 9,106
69 Lave Cross 9,084
70 Roberto Alomar * 9,073
71 Al Oliver 9,049
72 George Davis * 9,045
73 Bill Dahlen 9,036
74 Dwight Evans 8,996
75 Buddy Bell 8,995
76 Graig Nettles 8,986
77 Chipper Jones * 8,984
78 Darrell Evans 8,973
79 Gary Gaetti 8,951
80 Miguel Cabrera (493) 8,949
81 Tim Raines * 8,872
82 Charlie Gehringer * 8,860
83 Torii Hunter 8,857
84 Luke Appling * 8,856
85 Steve Garvey 8,835
86 Tommy Corcoran 8,824
87 Sammy Sosa 8,813
88 Harry Hooper * 8,785
89 Al Simmons * 8,759
90 Fred McGriff 8,757
91 Carlton Fisk * 8,756
92 Mickey Vernon 8,731
93 Dave Concepcion 8,723
94 Bert Campaneris 8,684
95 Ted Simmons 8,680
96 Julio Franco 8,677
97 Chili Davis 8,673
98 Goose Goslin * 8,656
99 Garret Anderson 8,640
David Ortiz 8,640

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In 1887, Major League Baseball counted bases on balls as hits. The result was high batting averages, including some near .500, and the experiment was abandoned the following season.
  2. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Baseball Explained by Phillip Mahony, McFarland Books, 2014. See www.baseballexplained.com Archived 2014-08-13 at the Wayback Machine