I think the main reason people are surprised by the number of hits pudge as had is because they forget that he broke into the league when he was 20 or 21 as a full time starter. Not to completely hijack the thread, but the current player with maybe the best chance of catching Rose is Jose Reyes. Jeter may fall a little short although as stated, I could see him breaking it. Outside of that, Reyes has some things going for him. He is only 24 and coming off back to back 190 plus hit season after breaking into the league at age 21. He's on his way to 200 plus this year. He is the proto-type leadoff hitter, so he'll stay there and get a lot of at bats. He doesn't walk a lot, so that further increases the number of at bats. He seems like he can be a consistent 300 hitter, which with the number of at bats he'll get would most likely result in a lot of 200 to 220 hit seasons. Of course, he is so far away and so young, it is really hard to project that far ahead. That is why I see Jeter as the best candidate and maybe Reyes a notch below.