In today’s edition of American Association Daily, the Winnipeg Goldeyes Reggie Abercrombie becomes the American Association all-time hit leader, surpassing David Espinosa.
Reggie Abercrombie Earns the Top Hit Mark
There is arguably no more recognizable name in the American Association than that of Winnipeg Goldeyes’ outfielder Reggie Abercrombie, as he has roamed the outfields of the league for at least parts every season since 2011. That longevity was recognized on Sunday afternoon, as Abercrombie became the American Association’s all-time hit leader, passing David Espinosa.
A Career Marked in Brilliance
Reggie Abercrombie’s professional career stretches back to 2ooo, when he was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and was sent to their rookie league club at Great Falls. Within six seasons he reached the Majors, spending 111 games with the Florida Marlins in 2006. He spent 35 games with the big club in 2007 and spent part of 2008 with the Houston Astros. Combined, the outfielder hit .223 in 180 Major League games.
By 2010, Abercrombie was on the free agent market and opted to sign with the Sioux Falls Canaries that season, appearing in 88 games. The outfielder hit .328 with 22-homers and 90-RBI. Abercrombie spent parts of four seasons in Sioux Falls, recording 316 total hits.
In 2015, Abercrombie split time between that Atlantic League and the American Association, but he would join the Winnipeg Goldeyes for 47 games where he would remain ever since. In 2015, he hit .318 with 6-homers and 37-RBI.
That started three straight all-star quality seasons. He recorded 111 hits while hitting .297 in 2016 and had 110 hits and a .272 average in 100 games last year. This season has been one of his best, as the outfielder is hitting .335 in 67 games, sixth best in the league.
Becoming the All-Time Hit Leader
Entering Sunday’s game, Reggie Abercrombie had 800 hits in American Association career, trailing David Espinosa, who had 801 hits playing for five teams (Grand Prairie, Lincoln, Kansas City, Wichita, and St. Paul).
The outfielder tied the mark in his first at-bat on Sunday, crushing a two-run homer that gave his team a 2-1 lead. That was his 10th homer of the year, tying him with Espinosa. In the third, he took a 2-1 pitch and lined it into left field for a single, breaking the mark. Abercrombie would add another hit later in the contest, now giving him 803 career hits in the American Association.
The record looks like it may not be Abercrombie’s to keep for very long. The closest active player to Abercrombie is the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks’ Maikol Gonzalez, who now has 751. It may just be a battle to see who retires first.
By Robert Pannier