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10/02/09 2:00 AM EST

Anderson's single is 2,500th career hit

Veteran outfielder is 89th Major Leaguer to reach mark

ATLANTA -- Garret Anderson doesn't know whether he will play long enough to join the illustrious group of Major Leaguers who have collected 3,000 hits. But the Braves outfielder has quietly provided a reason to wonder whether that might be an attainable milestone.

With a second-inning single against Nationals right-hander Garrett Mock at Turner Field on Thursday night, Anderson became the 89th Major Leaguer to notch 2,500 hits in his career.

"It's just one of the many [accomplishments] along the way," Anderson said. "I don't think any of them are more special than the others. They are just accomplishments you get to reach when you play a lot of years."

Anderson, who will turn 38 in June, has batted .275 and collected 133 hits in the 132 games that he has played for the Braves this year. The veteran outfielder had spent each of his previous 15 Major League seasons in the Angels organization.

Active hits leaders
1.Ken Griffey2,761
2.Derek Jeter2,745
3.Pudge Rodriguez2,711
4.Omar Vizquel2,704
5.Gary Sheffield2,689
6.Alex Rodriguez2,528
7.Garret Anderson2,501
8.Manny Ramirez2,493
9.Johnny Damon2,422
10.Chipper Jones2,405

Never one to seek the spotlight, Anderson saw many of his achievements go unnoticed on a national stage during his most prominent seasons. From 2000-03, he hit .299 with 121 homers and 479 RBIs. Still, the only time in his career that he finished in the top 10 of MVP balloting occurred in 2002, when he finished fourth.

"He's one of those special guys that can hit anybody," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "Besides that, he's a great guy. He's a great professional player. He conducts himself like a real, true Major Leaguer should."

Dating back to the start of 1995, Anderson's first full season in the Majors, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter are the only Major Leaguers who have collected more hits.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.