Baseball is a team sport, but it is still fun to see what goals players will be chasing during the 2012 season:
At-Bats – Derek Jeter needs 132 at-bats to become the 26th player to play in 10,000 games.
NOTE: Pete Rose batted 14,053 times compared to Ty Cobb who batted 11,434 times, but has only 67 more hits than Cobb.
Runs – Alex Rodriguez starting with 1,824 runs scored can move from 15th to 10th on list if he scores 65 runs in 2012.
Hits – Derek Jeter starts the 2012 season with 3,088 hits and needs 168 hits to move from 20th on career hits list to 12th.
Doubles – Albert Pujols is 90th in career doubles with 455, while the current active career leader is Ivan Rodriguez who has 572. It took Rodriguez 21 years to hit his 572, while it took Pujols only 11 years to hit 455, so Pujols should be the career doubles leader by the time he retires since Tris Speaker leads the career list with 792.
Triples – Carl Crawford leads active players in triples with 112, Johnny Damon has 107 and Jimmy Rollins has an even 100.
Home Runs – Alex Rodriguez leads active players with 629 home runs and needs 32 to pass Willie Mays and move into 4th on the all-time list.
Jim Thome with 604 needs six HR’s to pass Sammy Sosa with 609 and move into 7th on the all-time list.
Chipper Jones with 454 needs to hit 22 HR’s to pass Stan Musial and Willie Stargell who have 475 each and move into 28th on the list.
Albert Pujols starts the season at 37th on the HR list with 445 and needs 48 HR’s to pass Fred McGriff and Lou Gehrig tied with 493 each. He should hit his 500th HR in the first half of the 2013 season.
Paul Konerko with 396 HR’s needs only four more to hit his 400th home run.
David Ortiz needs 22 to hit his 400th home run.
Adam Dunn needs 35 HR’s to hit his 400th home run.
RBI – Alex Rodriguez the active RBI leader with 1,893 RBI and 11th on the all-time list, needs 104 to pass Barry Bonds and move into 4th on the all-time list. He needs 107 to become the fourth player with 2,000 RBI’s and would join Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Cap Anson on the career list. He could pass Cap Anson in 2013, but wouldn’t pass Aaron and Ruth till 2015.
Wins – Jamie Moyer at 49 leads all active pitchers with 267 wins and needs 33 wins to post his 300th win.
Losses -Jamie Moyer also leads in losses with 204.
ERA -Mariano Rivera has the best ERA among active pitchers with a 2.214 mark, which is 13th on the career list. Tim Lincecum is next at 164th with a 2.977 ERA.
Strikeouts – Javier Vazquez leads in strikeouts with 2,536 strikeouts, but is apparently retiring, so Jamie Moyer may be the leader with 2,405 strikeouts. C.C. Sabathia is next with 2,017 strikeouts at the age of 30, so should have well over 3,000 strikeouts by the time he retires.
Saves – Mariano Rivera leads in saves among active and all-time pitchers with 603. He may retire after this season, so may finish with about 630 saves. Rivera is a lock for the Hall of Fame. He saved at least 30 games in every season except 2002, from 1997-2011. Rivera collected 42 saves in postseason play and had ERA’s of 0.32 in the ALDS, 0.92 in the ALCS and 0.99 in the World Series. He faced 527 batters in postseason play yet allowed only two home runs, with none allowed since 2000.
Francisco Cordero is next among active pitchers, but has only 327 saves at the age of 36, so is no threat to Rivera’s total.
Francisco Rodriguez is the pitcher to watch since he has 291 saves at the age of 29. He would have had more saves, but was the set-up man for the Milwaukee Brewers in the last half of the 2011 season, after being traded from the New York Mets.