Major League Record Book: Hits in a Season

Today we’ll take a look at the most hits in a major league season, both from 2006-2018 and all-time. Dan Murphy is…..well, he’s dominated the 2006-2018 list in his career; he actually has the top four spots on this one!

2006-2018
1 Dan Murphy Luray ’04-5 2013 188
2 Dan Murphy Luray ’04-5 2016 184
3 Dan Murphy Luray ’04-5 2014 172
Dan Murphy Luray ’04-5 2017 172
5 Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-7 2015 171
6 Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-7 2016 168
7 Dan Murphy Luray ’04-5 2012 166
8 Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-7 2013 160
9 Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-7 2012 152
10 Jon Jay Staunton ’04 2013 151
11 Yonder Alonso Luray ’06 2012 150

Last time we looked at Murphy‘s 2017 season, but for this one, we’ll look at his 2013 numbers. This was his first season making more than a million; his salary was $2,925,000 in ’13 for the Mets. He hit 286/319/415, with 92 runs, 78 RBIs, 38 doubles, 4 triples, 13 home runs, a 32/95 BB/K ratio, and 23 stolen bases. He ended with a 108 OPS+ and 1.8 WAR (3.6 Offensive WAR).

All-Time
1 Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’98 2004 221
2 Mo Vaughn Harrisonburg ’87 1996 207
3 Mo Vaughn Harrisonburg ’87 1998 205
4 Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’98 2003 204
5 Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’98 2006 204
6 Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’98 2001 202
7 Aubrey Huff Staunton ’97 2003 198
8 Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’98 2007 196
9 Steve Finley Harrisonburg ’85 1996 195
10 Gene Richards Harrisonburg 1980 193
11 Mike Lowell Waynesboro ’93 2007 191
12 Dan Murphy Luray ’05 2013 188
13 David Eckstein Harrisonburg ’95-6 2005 185
14 Dan Murphy Luray ’05 2016 184
15 Aubrey Huff Staunton ’97 2008 182
16 Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’98 2005 181
17 Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’98 2010 179
18 David Eckstein Harrisonburg ’95-6 2002 178
Aubrey Huff Staunton ’97 2004 178
Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’98 2011 178

Juan Pierre, 2004, for the Florida Marlins: 326/374/407 in 162 games and 678 at-bats. He scored 100 runs, drove in 49, hit 22 doubles, 12 triples, 3 home runs, and had a pretty amazing 45/35 BB/K ratio. He stole 45 bases, too, but was also caught 24 times. He had a 107 OPS+, 3.9 WAR, and finished 16th in the MVP voting that year. He led the league in games, at-bats, hits, triples, and…. caught stealing. His 221 hits is tied for 81st all-time in major league history.

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