With this infield single on Thursday afternoon, New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano made it halfway to 3,000 career hits (video courtesy of MLB.com). Is it realistic for him—or any other active MLB superstars—to someday join the exclusive club?
Cano's teammate, Derek Jeter, expanded its membership to 28 in July 2011. He's now in the esteemed company of Pete Rose, Ty Cobb and Tony Gwynn, just to name a few.
The diverse collection of all-time greats is diverse in terms of race, defensive position and body type. The only characteristics shared among them? Extraordinary swings and durability.
Cano certainly meets those criteria. He and a handful of other active players seem more likely than not to get to 3,000.
*Career hit totals taken prior to the games of May 10.