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Which position players have been the best hitters in MLB since 2010?


What do DJ LeMahieu, Daniel Murphy and Jose Altuve have in common?

If you guessed that they each play second base, you are correct. If you also guessed that they finished 1-2-3 in highest batting average in the majors last season, you are also correct.

LeMahieu (.348), Murphy (.347) and Altuve (.338) were the top three batters last season and they all played the same position, second base.

It got me thinking about which positions have been the best batters over the past few seasons. For the sake of this blog, let’s look at the past seven MLB seasons and which position players who batted .310 or above in these seasons played.

Our results show that first baseman top the list. In the past seven seasons, there have been 20 players who hit .310 or higher in a season. All total, there were 86 players who reached this mark.

Following are the positions played by the players who hit .310 or higher in a season. (Note: A player who hit .310 or above in multiple seasons from 2010-16 was counted each season he reached this mark.)

First Basemen: 20
Second Basemen: 12
Center Fielders: 12
Third basemen: 10
Left Fielders: 8
Catchers: 8
Right Fielders: 7
Shortstops: 5
Designated Hitters: 4


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When was the last time your team had a player with 200+ hits in a season?

Jose Altuve

Jose Altuve

One of the goals of MLB batters each season is to have a season where they reach 200 hits. Since 1901, there have been 484 times when a player collected 200+ hits in a season, a little over four players each year. Last year there were only two players who had 200 hits: Houston’s Jose Altuve led the majors with 225 hits, and Cleveland’s Michael Brantley made the list with exactly 200 hits last season.

Of the current 30 MLB franchises, all but one have had players reach the 200-hit mark in a season. The lone team without? The Tampa Bay Rays have not had a player with a 200-hit season in their franchise history.

Altuve’s 200-hit season was the first by an Astros player since 1998 when Craig Biggio had 210 hits. In fact, Biggio was the first Houston player to get 200 hits in a season. For the Indians, Brantley’s 200 hits was the first time an Indians player had 200 hits in a season since Kenny Lofton had 210 in 1996.

Here’s a look at the last time each of the 30 MLB franchises had a player with 200-plus hits in a season.

Last year with a 200-hit season, team (player)
Never, Tampa Bay
1977, Cincinnati (Pete Rose)
1996, Atlanta (Marquis Grissom)
1996, Minnesota (Paul Molitor)
1998, Chicago White Sox (Albert Belle)
1999, Arizona (Luis Gonzalez)
2001, San Francisco (Rich Aurilia)
2002, Oakland (Miguel Tejada)
2002, Washington (Vladimir Guerrero) with Montreal
2003, St. Louis (Albert Pujols)
2003, Toronto (Vernon Wells)
2004, L.A. Dodgers (Adrian Beltre)
2004, San Diego (Mark Loretta)
2006, Baltimore (Miguel Tejada)
2006, L.A. Angels (Vladimir Guerrero)
2006, Pittsburgh (Freddy Sanchez)
2007, Colorado (Matt Holliday)
2007, Miami (Hanley Ramirez)
2007, Philadelphia (Jimmy Rollins)
2008, N.Y. Mets (Jose Reyes)
2009, Milwaukee (Ryan Braun)
2010, Seattle (Ichiro Suzuki)
2011, Boston (Adrian Gonzalez & Jacoby Ellsbury)
2011, Chicago Cubs (Starlin Castro)
2011, Kansas City (Melky Cabrera)
2011, Texas (Michael Young)
2012, Detroit (Miguel Cabrera)
2012, N.Y. Yankees (Derek Jeter)
2014, Cleveland (Michael Brantley)
2014, Houston (Jose Altuve)

Note: Did you see where two players are the last player to get 200 hits in a season for two teams? Vladimir Guerrero (L.A. Angels and Washington/Montreal) and Miguel Tejada (Baltimore and Oakland).

Of the 484 players to get 200-plus hits in a season, the oldest was Sam Rice in 1930 (he was 40 years old). Paul Molitor is second on that list; he was 39 when he had 225 hits in 1996 with the Twins. The youngest? There were five players who had 200-plus hits in a season at age 20: Ty Cobb, Al Kaline,  Buddy Lewis, Vada Pinson and Alex Rodriguez.

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