There is a very elite club in baseball: Hitters with 300 home runs who batted .300 for their careers and amassed at least 2,000 hits. Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Stan Musial and Hank Aaron are in it. Ty Cobb, Al Kaline, Charlie Gehringer and Hank Greenberg are not. Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones is one of those in the club after retiring in 2012. He has 468 homers, 2,726 hits and batted .303 for his career.
“There are guys spraying the ball around and batting over .300. And there are guys who club the 30 to 40 home runs. But there are not many who can do both. That’s what makes you an elite hitter. It’s difficult, very difficult, for most players to do that.” ~Chipper Jones
The difficulty can be measured by the exclusions from the list. Kaline missed it by finishing at .297, and Pete Rose had only 160 homers. Barry Bonds ended his career batting .298, while Ken Griffey Jr. finished at .284. Hall of Famers Frank Robinson, Carl Yastrzemski, Mickey Mantle and Reggie Jackson also fall short.