MLB Career Milestones We Can Still See In 2023

Each year, major career milestones are reached, from first hits to 3,000 hits. So far this year, we have seen Freddie Freeman, Andrew McCutchen, and Elvis Andrus reach 2,000 hits, Nolan Arenado and Freeman get to 300 career home runs, Kenley Jansen and Craig Kimbrel reach 400 saves, and Clayton Kershaw earn his 200th Win. So what’s next?

MLB Milestones We Can Still See In 2023

300 Home Run Club

The 300 Home Run club gained two new members already this year with both Arenado and Freeman reaching that mark in 2023. But the club is not done growing yet. There’s still about half the season for a few more stars to gain admission to the club.

Bryce Harper currently sits at 288 career-long balls, 12 shy entering play on Monday, June 26th.
Manny Machado sits at 292, eight shy of 300 HRs.
Anthony Rizzo sits at 294, six shy of the club.

Jose Altuve

Altuve has had a bit of a controversial career, especially since the sign-stealing scandal. But reaching 2k hits is still remarkable. After starting the season on the IL with a broken finger, Altuve is back and trekking his way to 2,000 Hits. He is looking to join Freeman, McCutchen, and Andrus as the newest members.

Currently, Altuve sits at 1,961 Hits, only 39 away from 2k and five home runs away from 200.

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Giancarlo Stanton

Stanton, the oft-injured slugger, has always produced over his 14-year career. He’s known for producing some of the most eye-popping exit velocity numbers and home run distances. After a stint on the IL in 2023, he is back pushing to 400 home runs.

Stanton sits at 384 HRs, sitting 16 shy of the exclusive 400 Home Run Club. And, not to mention, 15 RBIs short of 1,000 for his career.

Adam Wainwright

Wainwright has already announced that the 2023 season will be his last. He has had a remarkable career in St. Louis. To many, his return this year was surprising, especially with Albert Pujols and his longtime catcher Yadier Molina retiring after the 2022 season. But he came back and is trying to join Kershaw in the 200 Win Club.

Currently, he sits at 198 wins, two shy of 200. And he is also one game started shy of 400.

Zack Greinke

Greinke has had a remarkable career and has always been one of the more unique characters the MLB has seen. But, over his long career, he has always proven his dominance. Entering potentially his last season, he can continue to move up the all-time strikeout list (he’s currently 20th All-Time).

Greinke sits at 2,943 Strikeouts, only 57 strikeouts short of the 3,000 Strikeout Club.

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Justin Verlander

The 2022 American League Cy Young winner is not done adding to his Hall Of Fame career. Verlander joined the New York Mets before the season and looked to continue his dominance even as one of baseball’s oldest current players.

Verlander is at 246 wins, four shy of 250 MLB victories, a number we might not see again.

One of the great things about baseball and MLB is the history and stats of the game. As well as all the unique and different ways a player can accumulate stats and accolades. So at the end of the 2023 season, we will see where these guys landed and what will be next on the list.

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