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After Jeter, who will reach 3,000 hits?
When Derek Jeter reached the 3,000 hit milestone on July 9, the countdown to the next members of the club began. 3,000 hits, much like 500 home runs or 300 wins seems to be an automatic entry pass to the Hall of Fame. Of course, if a player had been suspected of using steroids to get where they are, that entry pass isn't a guarantee anymore. That is a story for another time, but what current players will likely reach 3,000 before their time is over the world's greatest sport?
At 39-years-old, Pudge doesn't have much time left to reach 3,000. Of all active MLB players, he is the closest at 2,842, but stuck in a backup role in Washington, which won't help him reach the promise land.
A-Rod is the most likely to reach the 3,000 hit club. Currently sitting on the disabled list with 2,762 hits, he will likely reach the milestone in early 2013. His acceptance isn't into the Hall of Fame isn't as guaranteed as it would have been, since he has been brought into the steroid discussion.
Just when you think he might be done, Damon keeps moving along. With 2,678 hits, Damon can reach the milestone by mid-2013 if he can keep signing contracts and stays in the Majors.
The Japanese superstar has 2,361 hits in the Major Leagues and is already a member of the 3,000 hit club between Japan and the United States. During his time in Japan, he recorded 1,278 hits and could reach 3,000 in North America within four seasons.
It feels like Vlad is already about 50-years-old, but the native of the Dominican Republic is just 36. Currently with the Baltimore Orioles, he has 2,518 hits in his career and could reach 3,000 if he can stay healthy.
Pujols just reached the 2,000 club is an obvious pick to reach 3,000. He is the active leader in batting average and will likely see 3,000 by 2016-17.
There are 20 players who have between 2,000 and 2,999 hits. Of those, only A-Rod, Damon, Ichiro, Pujols and possibly Guerrero will reach the milestone in the next several years. Chipper Jones, Miguel Tejeda and Todd Helton fans won't likely see their favorite player reach 3,000.
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