Pete Rose, the all-time leader in at-bats.
Pete Rose, the all-time leader in at-bats.

In baseball, an at bat (AB) or time at bat is a batter's turn batting against a pitcher. An at bat is different from a plate appearance. A batter is credited with a plate appearance regardless of what happens during his turn at bat. A batter is only credited with an at bat if that plate appearance does not have one of the results enumerated below:

While at bats are used to calculate certain statistics, including batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, a player can only qualify for the season-ending rankings in these categories if he accumulates 502 plate appearances during the season.[1]

Pete Rose[2][3] is the all-time leader in at bats with 14,053. Rose is also the only player in MLB history with more than 13,000 career at bats. There are only 29 players in MLB history that have reached 10,000 career at bats, with Albert Pujols[4] being the only one active.

Key

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

List

Albert Pujols, the active leader in career at-bats and 8th all-time.
Albert Pujols, the active leader in career at-bats and 8th all-time.
Rank Player (2022 ABs) AB
1 Pete Rose 14,053
2 Hank Aaron * 12,364
3 Carl Yastrzemski * 11,988
4 Cal Ripken, Jr. * 11,551
5 Ty Cobb * 11,434
6 Eddie Murray * 11,336
7 Derek Jeter * 11,195
8 Albert Pujols (26) 11,140
9 Adrián Beltré 11,068
10 Robin Yount * 11,008
11 Dave Winfield * 11,003
12 Stan Musial * 10,972
13 Rickey Henderson * 10,961
14 Willie Mays * 10,881
15 Craig Biggio * 10,876
16 Paul Molitor * 10,835
17 Brooks Robinson * 10,654
18 Omar Vizquel 10,586
19 Alex Rodriguez 10,566
20 Rafael Palmeiro 10,472
21 Honus Wagner * 10,439
22 George Brett * 10,349
23 Lou Brock * 10,332
24 Cap Anson * 10,281
25 Luis Aparicio * 10,231
26 Tris Speaker 10,195
27 Al Kaline * 10,116
28 Rabbit Maranville * 10,078
29 Frank Robinson * 10,006
30 Eddie Collins * 9,949
31 Ichiro Suzuki 9,934
32 Andre Dawson * 9,927
33 Harold Baines * 9,908
34 Reggie Jackson * 9,864
35 Barry Bonds 9,847
36 Ken Griffey Jr. * 9,801
37 Tony Pérez * 9,778
38 Carlos Beltrán 9,768
39 Johnny Damon 9,736
40 Rusty Staub 9,720
41 Miguel Cabrera (51) 9,676
42 Vada Pinson 9,645
43 Iván Rodríguez * 9,592
44 Nap Lajoie * 9,589
45 Sam Crawford * 9,570
46 Jake Beckley * 9,551
47 Paul Waner * 9,459
48 Mel Ott * 9,456
49 Roberto Clemente * 9,454
50 Ernie Banks * 9,421
Rank Player (2022 ABs) AB
51 Bill Buckner 9,397
Steve Finley 9,397
53 Ozzie Smith * 9,396
54 Max Carey * 9,363
55 Dave Parker 9,358
56 Billy Williams * 9,350
57 Rod Carew * 9,315
58 Jimmy Rollins 9,294
59 Tony Gwynn * 9,288
60 Joe Morgan * 9,277
61 Sam Rice * 9,269
62 Nellie Fox * 9,232
63 Gary Sheffield 9,217
64 Wade Boggs * 9,180
65 Willie Davis 9,174
66 Luis Gonzalez 9,157
67 Doc Cramer 9,140
68 Frankie Frisch * 9,112
69 Zach Wheat * 9,106
70 Lave Cross 9,084
71 Roberto Alomar * 9,073
72 Al Oliver 9,049
73 George Davis * 9,045
74 Bill Dahlen 9,036
75 Dwight Evans 8,996
76 Buddy Bell 8,995
77 Graig Nettles 8,986
78 Chipper Jones * 8,984
79 Darrell Evans 8,973
80 Gary Gaetti 8,951
81 Tim Raines * 8,872
82 Charlie Gehringer * 8,860
83 Torii Hunter 8,857
84 Luke Appling * 8,856
85 Steve Garvey 8,835
86 Tommy Corcoran 8,824
87 Sammy Sosa 8,813
88 Harry Hooper * 8,785
89 Al Simmons * 8,759
90 Fred McGriff 8,757
91 Carlton Fisk * 8,756
92 Mickey Vernon 8,731
93 Dave Concepcion 8,723
94 Robinson Canó (38) 8,711
95 Bert Campaneris 8,684
96 Ted Simmons * 8,680
97 Julio Franco 8,677
98 Chili Davis 8,673
99 Goose Goslin * 8,656
100 Garret Anderson 8,640
David Ortiz * 8,640

Notes

  1. ^ In 1887, Major League Baseball counted bases on balls as hits. The result was high batting averages, including some near .500, and the experiment was abandoned the following season.
  2. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.

References

  1. ^ Baseball Explained by Phillip Mahony, McFarland Books, 2014. See www.baseballexplained.com Archived 2014-08-13 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Pete Rose Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved August 1, 2021.
  3. ^ Sturgill, Andy. "Pete Rose Bio". Society For American Baseball Research. Retrieved August 1, 2021.
  4. ^ "Albert Pujols Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved August 1, 2021.