Who are the top 10 hitters in baseball history you are asking? There are many things to take into account. Such as power, average, extra base hits, etc. But overall i think this list will not disappoint. Here are the top 10 hitters in no particular order.
- Nap Lajoie – Nap made his major league debut in 1896 during the dead ball era. He managed to build a reputation of hitting for an incredible average including his highlight season 1901 when he broke a record that still stands today. Nap hit for an unbelievable .426 average for the Philadelphia Athletics. He managed a career .336 average in a 21-year career.
- Mickey Mantle – Everybody knows the name but do they know how good he really was? Mantle was an All-Star sixteen times in an eighteen-year career while managing to rack up two MVP awards.
- Willie Mays – This is a man who gets much publicity for his ability to hit the long ball, but why doesn't he ever get recognized for his other abilities? The "Say Hey" kid had a career .303 average and a career total 338 stolen bases. Sure everyone digs the long ball, but he was a true five tool player. Something we unfortunately do not see much of today.
- Ty Cobb – Cobb is second all-time in hits and the only ability he lacked is power. Of course this is probably largely due to the fact he played in the dead ball era.
- Roger Hornsby – Just like Nap, he was an amazing hitter for average, the only reason he is getting more love is because he was much more consistent. Roger finished with a career average of .358 while hitting over .400 three times. Something only one of the best hitters in baseball could accomplish.
- Jimmie Foxx – Foxx was by far the most underrated player of his generation. Foxx had a power driven career with his career high being 58 home runs. Oh yeah, and by the way, he won the Triple Crown that season. Foxx's ability to hit for power and average makes him one of the best hitters in baseball history.
- Joe DiMaggio – How good was Joe DiMaggio at not striking out? In a thirteen-year career he struck out a total of 369 times. An average of 34 strikeouts per season. You can bet any pitcher who struck out Joe bragged about it. By the way his other career averages weren't too bad either, 34 home runs per season, 143 RBI, and a .325 average. It's no wonder why hes one of MLB's best hitters.
- Lou Gehrig – Besides Babe Ruth, Lou might be the most storied athlete ever. Lou hit over .300 every season in his seventeen-year career except two. The first year was just a down year, the second time was because he was struggling with the crippling disease ALS, also known as the Lou Gehrig disease. So how good is he? So good that even with a fatal disease he was still better than 3/4 of the league.
- Babe Ruth – Babe Ruth is by far the most talented hitter of all time, but he's not the best. If the Babe laid off the hot dogs and beer he might have stuck around a little longer, although that's not to say his 714 home runs aren't good. He might be the best hitter in MLB history.
- Pete Rose – Banned from baseball but not forgotten. Rose is the all-time leader in hits. A fan favorite everywhere, Rose is dearly remembered for his hustle. If he had not been banned from baseball he would have one of the greatest legacies in sports history.