In Major League Baseball, the exclusive 4,000 hit club is an informal term referring to members of an elite group of players: those players that have reached 4000 hits on their careers. Prior to August 21, 2013, only two players had made the 4000 hit club - Ty Cobb and Pete Rose. Given the difficulty of attaining 4000 hits (200 hits a year for 20 years), it is unlikely that there will be very many future members. The next closest player to the club is Hank Aaron, with 3,771 hits. Ichiro Suzuki became the third member of this exclusive club on August 21, 2013, though many of his hits were as a player in Japan.
On August 21, 2013, Ichiro Suzuki got his 4000th hit, joining Cobb and 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||4,256||April 13, 1984||Cincinnati, Philadelphia||1963-86|
|Ty Cobb||4,191||July 18,1927||Detroit, Philadelphia (AL)||1905-28|
|Ichiro Suzuki||4000||August 21, 2013||Orix BlueWave (NPB) 1992-], Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees||1992 -present|