Pete Rose, the all-time leader in career plate appearances.
Pete Rose, the all-time leader in career plate appearances.

In baseball statistics, a player is credited with a plate appearance (denoted by PA) each time he completes a turn batting. A player completes a turn batting when: he strikes out or is declared out before reaching first base; or he reaches first base safely or is awarded first base (by a base on balls, hit by pitch, or catcher's interference); or he hits a fair ball which causes a preceding runner to be put out for the third out before he himself is put out or reaches first base safely (see also left on base, fielder's choice, force play). In other words, a plate appearance ends when the batter is put out or becomes a runner. A very similar statistic, at bats, counts a subset of plate appearances that end under certain circumstances.

Pete Rose[1][2] is the all-time leader with 15,890 career plate appearances. Rose is the only player in MLB history to surpass 14,000 and 15,000 career plate appearances.[3] Carl Yastrzemski[4] (13,992), Hank Aaron[5] (13,941), Rickey Henderson[6] (13,346) and Ty Cobb[7] (13,087) are the only other players to surpass 13,000 career plate appearances.

Key

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

List

Albert Pujols, the active leader and 8th all-time in career plate appearances.
Albert Pujols, the active leader and 8th all-time in career plate appearances.
Rank Player (2022 PAs) PA
1 Pete Rose 15,890
2 Carl Yastrzemski * 13,992
3 Hank Aaron * 13,941
4 Rickey Henderson * 13,346
5 Ty Cobb * 13,103
6 Cal Ripken Jr. * 12,883
7 Eddie Murray * 12,817
8 Albert Pujols (49) 12,739
9 Stan Musial * 12,721
10 Barry Bonds 12,606
11 Derek Jeter * 12,602
12 Willie Mays * 12,545
13 Craig Biggio * 12,504
14 Dave Winfield * 12,358
15 Robin Yount * 12,249
16 Alex Rodriguez 12,207
17 Paul Molitor * 12,167
18 Adrián Beltré 12,130
19 Eddie Collins * 12,087
20 Rafael Palmeiro 12,046
21 Tris Speaker * 12,020
22 Omar Vizquel 12,013
23 Brooks Robinson * 11,782
24 Honus Wagner * 11,756
25 Frank Robinson * 11,744
26 George Brett * 11,625
27 Al Kaline * 11,597
28 Reggie Jackson * 11,418
29 Mel Ott * 11,348
30 Cap Anson * 11,331
31 Joe Morgan * 11,329
32 Ken Griffey Jr. * 11,304
33 Rabbit Maranville * 11,260
34 Lou Brock 11,240
35 Luis Aparicio * 11,231
36 Rusty Staub 11,229
37 Miguel Cabrera (106) 11,099
38 Harold Baines * 11,092
39 Carlos Beltrán 11,031
40 Gary Sheffield 10,947
41 Johnny Damon 10,917
42 Tony Pérez * 10,861
43 Ozzie Smith * 10,778
44 Max Carey * 10,772
45 Andre Dawson * 10,769
46 Paul Waner * 10,767
47 Wade Boggs * 10,740
48 Darrell Evans 10,737
49 Ichiro Suzuki 10,734
50 Babe Ruth * 10,626
Rank Player (2022 PAs) PA
51 Sam Crawford * 10,625
52 Chipper Jones * 10,614
53 Dwight Evans 10,569
54 Rod Carew * 10,550
55 Luis Gonzalez 10,531
56 Billy Williams * 10,519
57 Jake Beckley * 10,518
58 Nap Lajoie * 10,468
59 Steve Finley 10,460
60 Bill Dahlen 10,429
61 Vada Pinson 10,405
62 Roberto Alomar * 10,400
63 Ernie Banks * 10,396
64 Tim Raines * 10,359
65 Nellie Fox * 10,351
66 Jim Thome * 10,313
67 Harry Hooper * 10,277
68 Iván Rodríguez * 10,270
69 Sam Rice * 10,260
70 Luke Appling * 10,254
71 Charlie Gehringer * 10,245
72 Jimmy Rollins 10,240
73 Tony Gwynn * 10,232
74 Graig Nettles 10,228
75 Roberto Clemente * 10,212
76 George Davis * 10,186
77 Dave Parker 10,184
78 Fred McGriff 10,174
79 Frankie Frisch * 10,101
Eddie Mathews * 10,101
81 David Ortiz * 10,091
82 Bobby Abreu 10,081
83 Frank Thomas * 10,075
84 Mike Schmidt * 10,062
85 Bill Buckner 10,037
86 Buddy Bell 10,009
87 Zack Wheat * 10,007
88 Chili Davis 9,997
89 Lou Whitaker 9,967
90 Doc Cramer 9,934
91 Mickey Mantle * 9,910
92 Sammy Sosa 9,896
93 Fred Clarke * 9,860
94 Carlton Fisk * 9,853
95 Mickey Vernon 9,839
96 Harmon Killebrew * 9,833
97 Goose Goslin * 9,830
98 Willie Davis 9,822
99 Gary Gaetti 9,817
100 Ted Williams * 9,792

Notes

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

References

  1. ^ "Pete Rose Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  2. ^ Sturgill, Andy (May 1, 2014). "Pete Rose Biography". Society For American Baseball Research. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  3. ^ "Career Leaders For Plate Apperences". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  4. ^ "Carl Yastrzemski Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  5. ^ "Hank Aaron Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  6. ^ "Rickey Henderson Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  7. ^ "Ty Cobb Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 20, 2021.