According to Elias

Joe MauerJoe Mauer‘s first-inning single was the 1,500th hit of his career and his sixth-inning homer gave the Twins a lead they never relinquished in a 3-1 win over the Astros yesterday. Mauer’s .320 career batting is the highest for any player at time of his 1,500th hit since Albert Pujols reached that milestone in 2008 with a .334 lifetime average. Aside from Pujols, the only player who entered the major leagues in the past 15 years and had a higher average than Mauer’s when he collected his 1500th hit was Ichiro Suzuki (.332).

Mauer become the sixth Twins player to reach the 1,500 hit pinnacle, can you name the other five? Pretty simple I would think for most Twins fans. Here is a table that shows how they compare.

 Players with 1,500 or more hits in a Minnesota Twins uniform

Rk Player H From To Age G AB R HR RBI SO BA OBP OPS
1 Kirby Puckett 2304 1984 1995 24-35 1783 7244 1071 207 1085 965 .318 .360 .837
2 Rod Carew 2085 1967 1978 21-32 1635 6235 950 74 733 716 .334 .393 .841
3 Tony Oliva 1917 1962 1976 23-37 1676 6301 870 220 947 645 .304 .353 .830
4 Kent Hrbek 1749 1981 1994 21-34 1747 6192 903 293 1086 798 .282 .367 .848
5 Harmon Killebrew 1713 1961 1974 25-38 1939 6593 1047 475 1325 1314 .260 .383 .901
6 Joe Mauer 1501 2004 2014 21-31 1257 4693 727 108 664 628 .320 .401 .863
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 8/14/2014.

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Harmon Killebrew and Rod Carew obviously had more hits than you see above but I am only comparing the time they actually played in Minnesota. For all the criticism that Mauer has received the last few years for his lack of power, only Harmon has a higher OPS.

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