Ichiro approaching 3,000-hit plateau - and more - at age 42

BY foxsports • June 15, 2016

Ichiro Suzuki is approaching a couple of hitting milestones in his professional baseball career.

The Miami Marlins outfielder is closing in on the 3,000-hit plateau in his Major League career, but he's also nipping at the heels of Pete Rose. When combining his stats from his career in Japan, Suzuki has 4,255 hits - just one shy of Rose's Major League Baseball record of 4,256.

How Suzuki's accomplishment compares to Rose's record is debatable since 1,278 of the Miami Marlins outfielder's hits came during his nine years in Japan.

Suzuki is batting .347 in a part-time role and has 2,977 MLB hits, putting him on pace later this season to become the 30th person to reach the 3,000-hit mark later.

Suzuki turns 43 years old on Oct. 22, but he wouldn't be the first player to enter the 3,000-hit club after his 40th birthday. There were two players who were 42 or older when they got their 3,000th hits: Cap Anson (45) and Rickey Henderson (42).

Here's a breakdown of each member of the 3,000-hit fraternity that includes their birthdates and how old they were when they got their 3,000th career hits.

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PETE ROSE

Hits: 4,256

Birthdate: April 14, 1941

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 37

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TY COBB

Hits: 4,191

Birthdate: Dec. 18, 1886

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 34

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HANK AARON

Hits: 3,771

Birthdate: Feb. 5, 1934

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 36

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STAN MUSIAL

Hits: 3,630

Birthdate: Nov. 21, 1920

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 37

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TRIS SPEAKER

Hits: 3,515

Birthdate: April 4, 1888.

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 37

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DEREK JETER

Hits: 3,465

Birthdate: June 26, 1974

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 37

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HONUS WAGNER

Hits: 3,430

Birthdate: Feb. 24, 1874

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 40

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CARL YASTRZEMSKI

Hits: 3,419

Birthdate: Aug. 22, 1939

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 40

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PAUL MOLITOR

Hits: 3,319

Birthdate: Aug. 22, 1956

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 40

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EDDIE COLLINS

Hits: 3,314

Birthdate: May 2, 1887

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 38

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WILLIE MAYS

Hits: 3,283

Birthdate: May 6, 1931

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 39

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EDDIE MURRAY

Hits: 3,255

Birthdate: Feb. 24, 1956

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 39

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NAP LAJOIE

Hits: 3,252

Birthdate: Sept. 5, 1874

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 40

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CAL RIPKEN JR.

Hits: 3,184

Birthdate: Aug. 24, 1960

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 39

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GEORGE BRETT

Hits: 3,154

Birthdate: May 15, 1953

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 38

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PAUL WANER

Hits: 3,152

Birthdate: April 16, 1903

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 38

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ROBIN YOUNT

Hits: 3,142

Birthdate: Sept. 16, 1955

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 36

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TONY GWYNN

Hits: 3,141

Birthdate: May 9, 1960

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 39

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DAVE WINFIELD

Hits: 3,110

Birthdate: Oct. 3, 1951

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 41

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ALEX RODRIGUEZ

Hits: 3,098

Birthdate: July 27, 1975

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 39

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CRAIG BIGGIO

Hits: 3,060

Birthdate: Dec. 14, 1965

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 41

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RICKEY HENDERSON

Hits: 3,055

Birthdate: Dec. 25, 1958

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 42

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ROD CAREW

Hits: 3,053

Birthdate: Oct. 1, 1945

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 39

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LOU BROCK

Hits: 3,023

Birthdate: June 18, 1939

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 40

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RAFAEL PALMEIRO

Hits: 3,020

Birthdate: Sept. 24, 1964

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 40

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CAP ANSON

Hits: 3,011(asterisk)

Birthdate: April 17, 1852

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 45

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WADE BOGGS

Hits: 3,010

Birthdate: June 15, 1958

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 41

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AL KALINE

Hits: 3,007

Birthdate: Dec. 19, 1934

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 39

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ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Hits: 3,000

Birthdate: Aug. 18, 1934

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 38

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(asterisk)-Anson had 423 hits in the National Association from 1871-75. Major League Baseball only credits Anson with the hits he got after entering the National League with the Chicago Cubs in 1876



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