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Earl Webb is safe: Manny Machado stopped hitting doubles

Jul 26, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Not so long ago Manny Machado was on a record-setting doubles pace, hitting 38 in 83 games through the end of June to put him in the mix to potentially top Earl Webb’s longstanding record of 67 in 1931.

And then Machado stopped hitting doubles.

He has just one double in 20 games this month, including 15 consecutive games without a double. During that double-less streak he’s also hit just .219 with a .575 OPS overall, so not making a run at Webb’s record is secondary to Machado simply showing he’s human at age 21.

Machado still leads baseball with 39 doubles, but he’s dropped into a tie for 21st place on the all-time list through 103 team games. Webb’s record is safe.

  1. historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    But did Leyland stop drinking them?

  2. historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Oh, and: Hello, Gleeman.

  3. yahmule - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Manny Machado was my hero. I feel so betrayed by this.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      In the good old days, you would have been in thrall to Web Mania.

  4. ncm42 - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Machado has cooled off…Chris Davis is whiffing again…I hope this is a minor speed bump in the season…

  5. riverace19 - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    It’s called regression to the mean… It always happens, sooner or later

  6. Detroit Michael - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    To the time of anyone else who is curious and doesn’t want to do the math, Machado now is on pace for 61 doubles.

  7. paperlions - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Obviously, hitting doubles is easier when you are 20 than when you are 21.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      Well, did you like the haiku?

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