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Manny Machado’s 30th double puts him with Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio

Jun 14, 2013, 11:50 PM EDT

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado doubled twice off of Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster tonight, giving him 30 on the season. ESPN Stats & Info tweeted this interesting piece of trivia after Machado’s second double of the night in the Orioles’ 2-0 victory:

Any time you can be mentioned in the same breath as Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio, you’re doing a good job.

The single-season record for doubles is 67 by Earl Webb in 1931. Machado needs just 37 doubles over his team’s final 94 games to tie the record, a rate of one double every 2.5 games. If he continues at his current rate of doubles, 1 per 2.27 games, he would wind up at 71 doubles.

  1. adeedothatswho - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Most 2B Thru 68 Team Games Under Age 22 Since 1920

    This is why baseball ‘records’ are so goddamn stupid. Can you add anymore shit to narrow this down?

    • beefytrout - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      I think you’ve taken care of adding shit to the topic.

    • lapsncaps - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:20 AM

      Its statistics like these that keep baseball fun. There are are so many different statistical analyses out there, it brings a whole new side to the sport; but maybe its just the Statistics major in myself.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:25 AM

        Besides, given their different era, should we be separating day games from night games? :-)

      • km9000 - Jun 15, 2013 at 4:02 AM

        But it’s more of, I dunno, an achievement than a stat. I’ve just never gotten the appeal of most of the “He’s the first player since X to do Y+Z” trivia.

        And this one does seem to have an awful lot of qualifications. Especially for something like doubles. And 68 team games?

      • drone501 - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        i love the stat. baseball stats and records are cool

  2. historiophiliac - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Mojito!

  3. tanzkommandant - Jun 15, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    So he can follow the career path of Earl Webb or Williams & DiMaggio.

    • Glenn - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Yes, if he does better than Williams and DiMaggio, he might be as good as Earl Webb … at least on Wednesdays in May after a road game started by a lefty who bats right handed.

      It is these type of convoluted arguments that are always dragged out to support a weak Hall of Fame candidate.

  4. rockthered1286 - Jun 15, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Astounding rate for the young Macho Man. But he’s still not in the same league as Harper and Trout right?? What a joke…

  5. sophiethegreatdane - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Some people would complain about a free lunch.

    It’s “68 games” because — see if you can follow this logic, Sherlock — they’ve only played 68 games this season. Wow, rocket science right there.

    It’s “under 22″ because…come on, work it out Einstein…Thats it! You got it!…he’s under 22.

    Now, I wonder why they chose doubles as the counting stat to compare? I wonder? Could it be because he leads the league in doubles? Yes!

    So geez, does it make sense to put some context around Manny’s performance to date? Sure does, Sugar. Well how do we do that? It doesn’t take Alan Fucking Turing to run the math on it. Whaddaya say we see how many other young players have hit this many doubles this far into the season?

    It’s not a “record”. No one is giving Manny a trophy, or calling him the best ever. They are just putting some context around the performance, saying “Let’s see who else has done this, or something similar.” And as it turns out the young man is in some pretty good company, even though it doesn’t mean a while lot from an “official” perspective.

    Take it for what it is — an impressive run, so far. Salute the young man, enjoy the game, and stop ragging on good people for doing something interesting. That says a whole lot more about your lack of self esteem than it does about the accomplishment in question.

    • Glenn - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      I am really surprised that so many wise readers of this blog don’t see the weakness and fallacy of this type of “stat/achievement/argument”. Why not just say that he is on pace to break the all-time doubles record held by Earl Webb and move on.

      When you are on pace to break a record, you are ahead of every all-time great in the history of the game at that point. Why the silly qualifiers that don’t mean anything, especially when these types of qualifiers are logically sterile?

      • inversedoob - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        I agree, the author kind of buries the lead by mentioning the assault on the doubles record in the last sentence. However, Webb is not the story here. The doubles record is not the story here. This is about a stud prospect being compared to two all timers because of how well he is hitting very early in his career.

        As for the qualifiers in general, they help provide context for more casual baseball fans. Have you looked at Earl Webb’s B-Ref page? I know I had to look him up. He hit 43% of his career doubles in one season, and then played for 3 teams in the next two seasons hitting 33 doubles total. I didn’t have to look up those two other guys to know what they’ve done.

        The qualifiers actually tell me more about who Manny is as a player and his potential for development than comparing him to some guy who had ONE great season.

  6. quonce - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Baltimore, Mannyland

  7. watermelon1 - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    MAN-NY! MAN-NY! MAN-NY!

  8. ptfu - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Double, double, toil and trouble,
    On-fire Machado, Baltimore bubble.

  9. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    I think a lot of people are missing out on what these stats are telling us. His age is important, because he hasn’t finished filling out yet. All of these doubles will begin to turn into Home Runs in the next few years.

    It’s also important to point out that he is showing some amazing plate discipline and coverage for such a young man. He seems to enjoy hitting breaking balls as opposed to just sitting on a fastball, and he hits outside pitches the other way instead of trying to pull them.

    Over the next few years, this kid is showing the potential to be one of the top hitters in the league, and can potentially be the next Albert Pujols or Miguel Cabrera, a hitter who can hit to all fields with power, works walks, and hits for both high average and power.

    Oh yea, and the kid has some speed and a one hell of a glove.

  10. critter69 - Jun 15, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    I don’t think many will argue against calling Willie Mays one of the greatest players in baseball history. Some would call him THE greatest, others would have other candidates, but not many would argue that he is not among the greatest.

    How did Willie do hitting doubles during ENTIRE seasons?

    First, some background:
    He was born on May 6, 1931.
    He was drafted by the New York Giants in 1950.
    He played his first MLB game at age 20 on May 25, 1951.

    Year Games Played Doubles Age:
    1951 121 22 20
    1952 34 2 21
    1953 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
    1954 151 33 23
    1955 152 18 24
    1956 152 27 25
    1957 152 26 26
    1958 152 33 27
    1959 151 43 28 (Year Mays hit the most doubles in his career)
    1960 153 29 29
    Etc., etc., etc.

    Based on Willie Mays stats, it is likely that Machado’s best days at hitting doubles are ahead of him.

    And home runs? Mays didn’t reach his prime in terms of home runs until the early- to mid-1960s, when he was in his early- to mid-30s. 1962 – 49 home runs hit; 1963 – 37; 1964 – 47; 1965 – 52.

  11. lncrprl - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    I said it once………….I’ll say it again….Before he’s through, Manny will break many MLB records, both offensively and defensively. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy!

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