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Manny Machado is on pace for the most doubles of all time

Jun 27, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Manny Machado broke up Scott Kazmir’s no-hitter last night by smacking his 36th double of the season. Not only does that lead MLB by a wide margin–no one else has more than 26–it puts the 20-year-old third baseman on pace to break the all-time record.

Earl Webb is the record-holder with 67 doubles in 1931 and Machado is currently on pace for 74 doubles. Looking at things another way, Baltimore has played 79 games and here’s the all-time doubles leaderboard through 79 team games:

Edgar Martinez     1996     39
Earl Webb          1931     38
Paul Waner         1932     37
MANNY MACHADO      2013     36
George Burns       1926     36

Edgar Martinez and three guys from the 1920s and 1930s is pretty good company. Machado is two doubles behind where Webb was in 1931 and it’s worth noting that teams only played 154 games per season back then.

And just to show how incredible what he’s doing is at Machado’s age, here’s the all-time doubles leaderboard through 79 team games for 20-year-olds:

MANNY MACHADO      2013     36
Ted Williams       1939     27
Alex Rodriguez     1996     25
Vada Pinson        1959     22
Mel Ott            1929     22

Manny Machado is bogarting all the doubles.

(All of these numbers come courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com’s indispensable Play Index, which is the single most valuable research tool in baseball.)

  1. darthicarus - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    I imagine Jim Leyland is pacing him double-for-double after recent events.

  2. unclemosesgreen - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Machado, Puig, Trout, Posey – it’s great to see MLB coming up with all of this amazing young offensive talent.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      Kinda weird you left out harper….

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        Sure – he belongs too. By no means an exclusive list, although his MLB performance hasn’t been as strong as the 4 I mentioned so far. He has plenty of time as long as he begins to believe more strongly in the solidity of walls and the futility of trying to knock them over with his body.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        He was 19 last year and now he is 20. He has 80 power. And he started off having an MVP type year until he crashed in to that dumb wall. Harper, Trout, and Machado are the 3 brightest young stars in years… It’s awesome

    • historiophiliac - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      Punks.

      • nbjays - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        Yeah, how DARE they be on your lawn.

  3. dianagram - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    And what’s even more remarkable is that Camden Yards is 26th in Park Factors for doubles.
    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/parkfactor/_/sort/doublesFactor

    17 of Machado’s 36 two-baggers have come at home (in three fewer games).
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.cgi?id=machama01&year=2013&t=b#hmvis::none

    Brian Robert’s holds team season record for doubles at Camden Yards, with 27 in 2009.
    http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/8MAjX

  4. specialkindofstupid - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    36 trips to 2nd base is nice and all, but I’m not interested in the guy’s social life. Frankly, this seems like an inappropriate story to publish on a baseball website.

    • booby120 - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      Wow, this is almost embarrassing. So awkward.

  5. 161andriver - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Scary to think that with a few years of maturing and getting stronger, quite a few of those will start to carry over the wall.

    • mntreehugger - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      We’re still waiting for that with Mauer. And by we, I mean not me.

  6. chill1184 - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    O’s certainly got a gem with this kid, hope he continues to improve

  7. natslady - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    OK, we’ll see. Don’t count out this guy.

    Doubles machine

  8. therealbigben - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    George Burns??

    Are they saying “Booooooo” or “Booooo–urns?”

  9. hushbrother - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    He has as many doubles as GOD!

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      That may be true, but you’ve got to remember that before the ’09 season God made some tweaks to His swing, and also put in a ton of time in the weight room. Since then He’s been crushing the ball over the pearly gates rather than off of them. Along the same lines since He’s a dead pull hitter these days, the shift has probably snagged a couple of his would-be two baggers as well.

      • mazblast - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        God is not a dead pull hitter. God is all-inclusive and hits to all fields.

  10. andycher - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    wasn’t that 154 games, not 156 back then

    A

  11. lazlosother - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    As a baseball fan I love Machado. As a Yankee fan I’d love him more if he played for my team. Orioles envy, who’da thunk it?

  12. dondada10 - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Machado’s vaule is through the roof right now. Imagine once he shifts to short.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      Is that still the plan? Would have guessed that they might let him play the hot corner permanently – let him fill out that frame a little more a la Miggy.

      Can’t go wrong in either spot I suppose – my only thought is if the O’s have some 3B prospect coming up.

  13. mlblogsmeis - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    The best double that I ever saw happened on May 13, 1958. I was sitting behind the Cardinal dugout, cussing out Fred Hutchinson for holding Stan The Man Musial from the game. The Cards were trailing in the 5th, so, Stan was sent in. He promptly doubled down the left-field line for hit number 3,000.
    That was my greatest thrill ever in baseball, in 64 years. I started watching in 1949. The last guy to hit 3,000 before that was on June 19th, 1942, when Paul Waner got his. 16 years between them. Hard to do, although a lot of guys have 3,000 now. It helps to play those extra 8 games every year, so, if you play 20 years, you get another 160 games to do it in. Musial was only the 8th to do it at the time.
    I am really looking forward to seeing Ichiro be the next guy to do it, although he did not even get to the Bigs until he was 26.

  14. ppdoc13 - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Manny doesn’t get the ink that trout or Harper , but I would be hard pressed to trade him straight up for either one. He defense is STELLAR. It is hard to place value comparing outfielders to infielders, but all you have to do is look at the difference when the orioles brought him up to play third and shifter Reynolds to first base. And now with match ado, Davis and hardy the orioles have one of the best hitting infields in baseball. I thought writers was going to be the future star, but I was wrong, it’s matcha do. He drew comparisons to A. rod coming out of Higgins school. Now it looks like those comparisons may be realistic

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