Baseball’s Bacon Bangers: Top RBI Men

Craig Biggio (# 155t) and Jeff Bagwell (# 45t) Rank Among Leaders.

Craig Biggio was never your prototypical RBI man, but he played well enough over time to end up at # 155 in a tie with HOF great George Sisler with 1,175 RBI each. Jeff Bagwell made a deeper push up the list as a legitimate power hitter, stopped cold at the # 45 spot, tied with another HOF great one,  Tris Speaker, for now, by his unfixable shoulder problem in 2005 from going higher on the all time leader board.

Most of those other names in the top ten for “runs batted in” (RBI) will not surprise, but the old racist Cap Anson at the # 3 spot may raise a few eyebrows. Anson did his work in the 19th century, when and  where the different rules and accuracy of record-keeping often casts a shadow upon the achievements of that period in comparison to the same accomplishments in the modern game.

In spite of our several more recent and more sophisticated measures of productivity, I’ve always been most partial to the RBI figure because it tells us very directly whether or not a player is causing runs to score in comparison to others. The game is still about who scores the most runs. As long as the team that scores the most runs in the final game of the World Series is declared champion, we shall need to keep our attention upon the interesting RBI column – and those players who are most responsible for banging home the bacon.

Listed here are simply the top 100 RBI men of all time. If you would care to study the all time list deeper, heres the link to the material source at Baseball Reference.Com:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/RBI_career.shtml

Top 100 All Time Career MLB RBI Leaders (Through 2010):

Rank Player (age) Runs Batted In / Bats
1. Hank Aaron+ 2297 R
2. Babe Ruth+ 2213 L
3. Cap Anson+ 2075 R
4. Barry Bonds 1996 L
5. Lou Gehrig+ 1995 L
6. Stan Musial+ 1951 L
7. Ty Cobb+ 1938 L
8. Jimmie Foxx+ 1922 R
9. Eddie Murray+ 1917 B
10. Willie Mays+ 1903 R
11. Mel Ott+ 1860 L
12. Carl Yastrzemski+ 1844 L
13. Ted Williams+ 1839 L
14. Ken Griffey (40) 1836 L
15. Rafael Palmeiro 1835 L
16. Dave Winfield+ 1833 R
17. Alex Rodriguez (34) 1831 R
18. Manny Ramirez (38) 1830 R
19. Al Simmons+ 1827 R
20. Frank Robinson+ 1812 R
21. Honus Wagner+ 1733 R
22. Frank Thomas 1704 R
23. Reggie Jackson+ 1702 L
24. Cal Ripken+ 1695 R
25. Gary Sheffield 1676 R
26. Sammy Sosa 1667 R
27. Tony Perez+ 1652 R
28. Ernie Banks+ 1636 R
29. Harold Baines 1628 L
30. Jim Thome (39) 1624 L
31. Goose Goslin+ 1609 L
32. Nap Lajoie+ 1599 R
33. George Brett+ 1595 L
Mike Schmidt+ 1595 R
35. Andre Dawson+ 1591 R
36. Rogers Hornsby+ 1584 R
Harmon Killebrew+ 1584 R
38. Al Kaline+ 1583 R
39. Jake Beckley+ 1578 L
40. Willie McCovey+ 1555 L
41. Fred McGriff 1550 L
42. Willie Stargell+ 1540 L
43. Harry Heilmann+ 1539 R
44. Joe DiMaggio+ 1537 R
45. Jeff Bagwell 1529 R
Tris Speaker+ 1529 L
47. Sam Crawford+ 1525 L
48. Jeff Kent 1518 R
49. Carlos Delgado (38) 1512 L
50. Mickey Mantle+ 1509 B
51. Dave Parker 1493 L
52. Chipper Jones (38) 1491 B
53. Billy Williams+ 1475 L
54. Ed Delahanty+ 1466 R
Rusty Staub 1466 L
56. Eddie Mathews+ 1453 L
57. Jim Rice+ 1451 R
58. Joe Carter 1445 R
59. George Davis+ 1440 B
60. Luis Gonzalez 1439 L
61. Vladimir Guerrero (35) 1433 R
62. Yogi Berra+ 1430 L
63. Charlie Gehringer+ 1427 L
64. Andres Galarraga 1425 R
65. Joe Cronin+ 1424 R
66. Jim Bottomley+ 1422 L
67. Mark McGwire 1414 R
68. Jose Canseco 1407 R
69. Robin Yount+ 1406 R
70. Juan Gonzalez 1404 R
71. Ted Simmons 1389 B
72. Dwight Evans 1384 R
73. Joe Medwick+ 1383 R
74. Lave Cross 1378 R
75. Johnny Bench+ 1376 R
76. Chili Davis 1372 B
77. Garret Anderson (38) 1365 L
Orlando Cepeda+ 1365 R
Jason Giambi (39) 1365 L
80. Brooks Robinson+ 1357 R
81. Darrell Evans 1354 L
82. Gary Gaetti 1341 R
83. Johnny Mize+ 1337 L
84. Mike Piazza 1335 R
85. Duke Snider+ 1333 L
86. Ron Santo 1331 R
87. Carlton Fisk+ 1330 R
88. Al Oliver 1326 L
89. Roger Connor+ 1323 L
90. Ruben Sierra 1322 B
91. Graig Nettles 1314 L
Pete Rose 1314 B
93. Ivan Rodriguez (38) 1313 R
94. Mickey Vernon 1311 L
Larry Walker 1311 L
96. Paul Waner+ 1309 L
97. Steve Garvey 1308 R
98. Paul Molitor+ 1307 R
99. Roberto Clemente+ 1305 R
Sam Thompson+ 1305

“+” by name = inducted member of Baseball Hall of Fame.

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One Response to “Baseball’s Bacon Bangers: Top RBI Men”

  1. Doug S. Says:

    Pujols is at 1230 and if he can play another 7 years averaging 102 RBI’s that would put him #7 and only 7 RBI’s behind #6 Musial.

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