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In baseball, the cleanup hitter is the hitter who bats fourth in the lineup. Cleanup hitters often have the most power on the team and are typically the team's best all-around hitter; their job is to "clean up the bases", hence the name.

The theory behind the cleanup hitter concept is that at the beginning of the game, the first three batters will reach base with a single-base hit, walk, or equivalent, thereby loading the bases, and enabling the cleanup hitter a chance to hit a grand slam home run. This, however, is a rare occurrence.

Justin Morneau holds the record of most games started in a season batting cleanup, with 163 in 2008.[1]

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Notable cleanup hitters

The following MLB players had or have over 1,000 games batting cleanup in their careers. (Data includes seasons from 1957 to 2008; Bold names indicate players active going into 2009).

Major League Baseball cleanup hitters for the 2008 season

The following players started the most games for their team at the clean up position in 2008.
NL East
Club Player
ATL Mark Teixeira[2]
FLA Mike Jacobs[3]
NYM Carlos Beltran[4]
PHI Ryan Howard[5]
WAS Austin Kearns & Lastings Milledge[6]
NL Central
Club Player
CHC Aramis Ramirez[7]
CIN Brandon Phillips[8]
HOU Lance Berkman[9]
MIL Prince Fielder[10]
PIT Ryan Doumit[11]
STL Ryan Ludwick[12]
NL West
Club Player
ARI Conor Jackson[13]
COL Garrett Atkins[14]
LAD Jeff Kent[15]
SD Adrian Gonzalez[16]
SF Bengie Molina[17]
AL East
Club Player
BAL Aubrey Huff[18]
BOS Manny Ramirez[19]
NYY Alex Rodriguez[20]
TBR Carlos Pena[21]
TOR Vernon Wells[22]
AL Central
Club Player
CWS Jermaine Dye[23]
CLE Jhonny Peralta[24]
DET Magglio Ordóñez[25]
KC Jose Guillen[26]
MIN Justin Morneau[27]
AL West
Club Player
LAA Vladimir Guerrero[28]
OAK Jack Cust[29]
SEA Adrian Beltre[30]
TEX Milton Bradley[31]

Major League Baseball cleanup hitters for the 2007 season

The following players started the most games for their team at the clean up position in 2007.

NL East
Club Player
ATL Chipper Jones[32]
FLA Miguel Cabrera[33]
NYM Carlos Delgado[34]
PHI Ryan Howard[35]
WSH Dimitri Young[36]
NL Central
Club Player
CHC Aramis Ramirez[37]
CIN Brandon Phillips[38]
HOU Carlos Lee[39]
MIL Prince Fielder[40]
PIT Adam LaRoche[41]
STL Jim Edmonds[42]
NL West
Club Player
ARI Connor Jackson[43]
COL Todd Helton[44]
LAD Jeff Kent[45]
SD Adrian Gonzalez[46]
SF Barry Bonds[47]
AL East
Club Player
BAL Miguel Tejada[48]
BOS Manny Ramírez[49]
NYY Alex Rodriguez[50]
TB Ty Wigginton[51]
TOR Frank Thomas[52]
AL Central
Club Player
CWS Paul Konerko[53]
CLE Víctor Martínez[54]
DET Magglio Ordóñez[55]
KC Mike Sweeney[56]
MIN Justin Morneau[57]
AL West
Club Player
LAA Garret Anderson[58]
OAK Mike Piazza[59]
SEA Raúl Ibáñez[60]
TEX Sammy Sosa[61]

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