Originally Posted by sox1970
Baines missed 124 team games because of strikes. Say he played 115 of those games. He didn't average over one hit per game in 1981, 1994, and 1995, so it's unlikely he would have 134 hits in those 124 team games to get to 3000.
If he hadn't been traded by the White Sox, Harold Baines likely would have had finished his career with more than 3,000 hits. That's what Jerry Reinsdorf believes anyway, and I agree with him on this point. Harold actually hit lefties pretty well, and lefty starters better than lefty relief specialists, which is true for most lefthanded hitters. But after he left the Sox, he played appreciably fewer games because he was platooned.