Chicago Cubs' Starlin Castro Has More Hits Than Pete Rose Did at 24

By Jacob Kornhauser
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At the ripe old age of 24, Chicago Cubs‘ shortstop Starlin Castro is on pace for potential baseball history. Now all he has to do to make history is keep his same pace for the next 20 seasons. Castro, who until last season was an absolute hit machine now has more hits than MLB career-hits leader Pete Rose had at the same age.

By the time he was at the end of his age-24 season, Rose clubbed 518 hits. At the beginning of that season, Castro already has 705 base knocks. Given the fact he had a down year last season, that’s extremely impressive. Castro is batting .342 this season and is on pace to bounce back from that off-year.

Rose, who has been banned from the Baseball Hall of Fame for betting on baseball as a manager, holds the career-hits record with 4,256. Based on that, Castro would have to average around 178 hits per season for the next 20 years in order to break the all-time record.

Clearly, it’s a long shot, but the fact that Castro is on pace at this point in his career is pretty remarkable. Due to his poor season in 2013, people tend to forget how good a hitter Castro can be. As the first player born in the 1990’s to play in a major league game, Castro has always been a little ahead of the curve. With a long career, he could earn some impressive achievements.

Jacob Kornhauser is a Chicago Cubs writer for Follow him on Twitter @KornSports or add him to your Google+ network.

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