For his career, Tony Gwynn
, who passed away this week at the age of 54, batted an astounding .338 for his career, ranking him 18th on the all-time list
of players with minimum of 1000 innings played and 3000 plate appearances. Of players who played 20 seasons or more, Gwynn
's batting average ranks 5th in history, tied with Nap Lajoie, and behind Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker, Roger Hornsby and Ty Cobb, whose .366 BA is tops all time.
As of June 16, 2014, there are only 6 active players with a career batting average in the top 100 all time. They are Miguel Cabrera (tied #47 at .321), Joe Mauer (#51 at .319), Albert Pujols (#55 at .3188), Ichiro Suzuki (#56 at .3187), Joey Votto (tied #85 at .312) and Derek Jeter (#93 at .311). Of them, only Jeter has played 20 seasons (and would rank #17 of that club).
R.I.P. Tony Gwynn, one of the best to ever play.