Eddie Murray, the all-time leader in assists by a first baseman.
Eddie Murray, the all-time leader in assists by a first baseman.

In baseball, an assist (denoted by A) is a defensive statistic, baseball being one of the few sports in which the defensive team controls the ball. An assist is credited to every defensive player who fields or touches the ball (after it has been hit by the batter) before the recording of a putout, even if the contact was unintentional. For example, if a ball strikes a player's leg and bounces off him to another fielder, who tags the baserunner, the first player is credited with an assist. A fielder can receive a maximum of one assist per out recorded. An assist is also credited if a putout would have occurred, had another fielder not committed an error. For example, a shortstop might field a ground ball cleanly, but the first baseman might drop his throw. In this case, an error would be charged to the first baseman, and the shortstop would be credited with an assist.

First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a baserunner in order to score a run for that player's team. A first baseman is the player on the team playing defense who fields the area nearest first base and is responsible for the majority of plays made at that base.

Eddie Murray[1][2][3] is the all-time leader with 1,865 career assists. Only 57 first basemen have recorded 1,000 or more career assists, with Joey Votto[4] and Albert Pujols[5] being only the two active.

Key

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career assists. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2022 As) Number of recorded assists during the 2022 Major League Baseball season.
A Total career assists.
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold Denotes active player.[a]

List

Joey Votto, the active leader and 2nd all-time in assists by a first baseman.
Joey Votto, the active leader and 2nd all-time in assists by a first baseman.
Rank Player (2022 As) A
1 Eddie Murray * 1,865
2 Joey Votto (39) 1,731
3 Todd Helton 1,726
4 Jeff Bagwell * 1,704
5 Keith Hernandez 1,682
6 Mark Grace 1,665
7 Albert Pujols (4) 1,624
8 Rafael Palmeiro 1,587
9 George Sisler * 1,529
10 Wally Joyner 1,470
11 Mickey Vernon 1,448
12 Fred McGriff 1,447
13 John Olerud 1,418
14 Adrian Gonzalez 1,391
15 Andres Galarraga 1,376
16 Derrek Lee 1,367
17 Fred Tenney 1,363
18 Eric Karros 1,359
19 Bill Buckner 1,351
Chris Chambliss 1,351
21 Norm Cash 1,317
22 Jake Beckley * 1,316
23 Joe Judge 1,301
24 Will Clark 1,294
25 Ed Konetchy 1,292
26 Gil Hodges * 1,281
27 Stuffy McInnis 1,238
28 Jimmie Foxx * 1,222
Willie McCovey * 1,222
30 Charlie Grimm 1,214
31 Anthony Rizzo (39) 1,211
32 Joe Kuhel 1,163
33 Tino Martinez 1,159
34 Wally Pipp 1,152
35 George Scott 1,132
36 Jake Daubert 1,128
37 Paul Konerko 1,111
38 Bill Terry * 1,108
39 Don Mattingly 1,104
40 George Burns 1,094
41 Lou Gehrig * 1,087
42 Vic Power 1,078
43 George McQuinn 1,074
44 Carlos Delgado 1,064
Pete O'Brien 1,064
46 Hal Chase 1,049
Kent Hrbek 1,049
48 Mark McGwire 1,042
49 Johnny Mize * 1,032
50 Eric Hosmer (66) 1,030
Rank Player (2022 As) A
51 Steve Garvey 1,026
52 Mike Hargrove 1,022
53 Lu Blue 1,016
J. T. Snow 1,016
55 Orlando Cepeda * 1,012
Paul Goldschmidt (50) 1,012
57 Frank McCormick 1,001
58 Cecil Cooper 1,000
Lyle Overbay 1,000
60 Cap Anson * 983
61 Elbie Fletcher 975
62 Mark Teixeira 966
63 Rudy York 963
64 Bill White 960
65 Dolph Camilli 957
66 Harry Davis 950
67 Richie Sexson 944
68 Freddie Freeman (53) 941
69 Tony Perez * 936
70 Adam LaRoche 935
71 Ferris Fain 927
72 Justin Morneau 921
73 Carlos Peña 906
74 Bill Skowron 903
75 Lee May 894
76 Joe Adcock 879
77 George Kelly * 861
78 Boog Powell 859
79 Roger Connor * 857
80 Fred Luderus 847
81 George Stovall 846
81 Fred Luderus 843
83 Ryan Howard 828
84 John Mayberry 827
85 Donn Clendenon 819
Jason Thompson 819
87 Jim Bottomley * 814
Earl Torgeson 814
89 Ernie Banks * 809
90 Ted Kluszewski 799
Willie Upshaw 799
92 Dan McGann 798
93 Jim Spencer 797
94 Phil Cavarretta 796
95 Jack Fournier 788
96 Sid Bream 786
97 Ed Kranepool 779
98 Rod Carew * 774
99 Brandon Belt (40) 773
100 James Loney 768

Notes

  1. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.

References

  1. ^ "Eddie Murray Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved June 19, 2021.
  2. ^ Cohen, Alan. "Eddie Murray Bio". Society For American Baseball Research. Retrieved June 19, 2021.
  3. ^ "Eddie Murray Hall of Fame Profile". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 1, 2021.
  4. ^ "Joey Votto Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved June 19, 2021.
  5. ^ "Albert Pujols Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved August 28, 2021.