10). Frankie Frisch
Frisch hit over .300 13 times, and stole more than 20 bases 11 times. Frisch was the centerpiece of the 1921-1924 New York Giants pennant winners, with 1921 and 1922 World Series wins to their credit.
9). Ryne Sandberg
He had an extremely productive eight years out of a nine year stretch, He hit double digit deep balls 11 times including a 40 homer season, in addition to stealing 20 or more bags nine times. Sandberg was one of the first power-speed second basemen in baseball, and was someone Chicago fans absolutely adored during the ’80s and ’90s.
8). Roberto Alomar
Alomar hit .300 or higher nine times, double digit long balls nine times, and had 20 stolen bases ten times. All in all, a Hall of Fame career
7). Charlie Gehringer
He only managed 20 homers once, but slammed double digit bombs 11 times. He hit over .300 13 times, and was able to reach 200 hits 7 times. Gehringer was a great fielder in addition to being an amazingly consistent hitter.
6). Craig Biggio
Biggio was a scrappy player that did a lot well. He got on base, he stole bases, he hit for power, he played every position except third and first, and he did it for two decades in Houston, getting overlooked year after year because of the market in which he and his teammate Jeff Bagwell played. Biggio accounted for over 3,000 hits and was beaned an astonishing 285 times during his career.
5). Jackie Robinson
Robinson was a tremendous athlete that did it all on the baseball field. He hit double digit homers nine of his ten years in the MLB, hit over .300 six times, had an on base percentage of over .400 six times, slugged .500 five times, and stole double digit bases nine of ten years. Robinson would rank even higher if his full career would have been in the MLB.
4). Napoleon Lajoie
Lajoie averaged over .300 15 times, including five batting titles and a magical year where he hit .426. Craig Biggio hit a ton of doubles, but Lajoie hit more. His .338 lifetime average is hard to ignore.
3). Rogers Hornsby
Hornsby hit above .300 14 of his 15 full seasons, 7 of which were batting titles. He hit .400 or higher THREE TIMES. He led the league in on base percentage nine times, and led the league in slugging nine times as well. Hornsby ended his career with an OPS above 1.000. I dropped him to third on my list because of his fielding, not the greatest fielder and the guys above him are much better fielding the ball.
2). Joe Morgan
He was an integral part of the Big Red Machine, and was one of the table setters for Cincinnati, along with Pete Rose.
At 5’7″, Morgan got a ton out of his small frame. He hit double digit homers 13 times and stole 20 bags 14 times, including 60 bases three times. His .271 average may not get anyone excited, but how about his .392 obp? Morgan never struck out, and he took a ton of walks, making his .271 average forgivable. He was outstanding with the glove and very rarely ever struck out.
1). Eddie Collins
Collins hit .300 16 full seasons—but he didn’t just hit .300. He hit higher than: .320 14 times, .330 12 times, .340 10 times, .360 three times and .370 once. Collins rarely struck out, and he took a good amount of walks.
With 3315 hits, more hits than any second baseman in history, he was also great with the glove.