In Major League Baseball, the exclusive "4000 hit club" is an informal term referring to members of an elite group of hitters: those players that have reached 4000 hits on their careers. Prior to August 21, 2013, only two players had made the 4000 hit club - Pete Rose and Ty Cobb. Given the difficulty of attaining 4000 hits (200 hits a year for twenty years), it is unlikely that there will be very many future members. The next closest player to the club is Hank Aaron, with 3771 hits. Ichiro Suzuki became the third member of this exclusive club on August 21, 2013. The next-active player closest to 4,000 in his career is Derek Jeter who has just over 3,300 hits in his career.
On August 21, 2013, Ichiro Suzuki got his 4000th hit joining Ty Cobb and Pete Rose in the exclusive club. On September 11, 1985, Rose joined a group of his own hitting his 4,192nd hit, surpassing Cobb's 57 year old record.
|Player||Hits||Date of 4000th||Teams||Seasons|
|Pete Rose||4256||April 13, 1984||Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Montreal||1963-86|
|Ty Cobb||4189||July 18,1927||Detroit, Philadelphia (AL)||1905-28|
|Ichiro Suzuki||4000||August 21, 2013||Orix BlueWave (NPB), Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees||1992 -present|