Vernon Wells: future hit king

With his 2-for-4 performance during Friday night’s 9-8 win over the Rockies, Blue Jays’ center-fielder Vernon Wells has an even 1,000 hits in a Toronto uniform entering action Saturday afternoon. Wells becomes the eighth player in franchise history to reach that milestone, accomplishing the feat in 3,509 at-bats — the fourth-fastest Blue Jay to do so (Shannon Stewart was the fastest — 3,302 at-bats). Here’s a glance at the Jays’ all-time hits leaders …
1. Tony Fernandez, 1583
2. Carlos Delgado, 1413
3. Lloyd Moseby, 1319
4. George Bell, 1294
5. Joe Carter, 1051
6. Shannon Stewart, 1040
7. Damaso Garcia, 1028
8. Vernon Wells, 1000
VernonWells is already the owner of the single-season franchise mark for hits, having banged out 215 of them back in 2003. That broke Fernandez’s mark of 213, which the shortstop set in 1986. Paul Molitor (211), meanwhile, sits at No. 3 on that list.
Keeping (roughly) the same pace he has set over the last two seasons, Wells should become Toronto’s all-time hits leader during the 2010 campaign. Having signed a seven-year contract extension prior to this season, Wells virtually guaranteed himself that record. Even if he doesn’t break it in 2010, he’ll still have another full season before given the chance to opt-out of his current contract.

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