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Melky Cabrera did something no batter has done since a Hall of Famer 42 years ago

Aug 11, 2014, 10:47 AM EST

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In the Blue Jays’ marathon 19-inning win over the Tigers last night Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera reached base eight times, hitting three singles and drawing five walks.

The last hitter to reach base eight or more times in a game was Hall of Famer Rod Carew in 1972. And before that it was Rocky Calavito in 1962.

So yeah, Cabrera did something pretty rare. In fact, according to the indispensable bible of baseball history BaseballReference.com he’s just the seventh hitter ever to reach base at least eight times in a game.

MELKY CABRERA     August 10, 2014
Rod Carew         May 12, 1972
Rocky Colavito    June 24, 1962
Stan Hack         August 9, 1942
Johnny Burnett    July 10, 1932
Lou Gehrig        September 5, 1927
Max Carey         July 7, 1922

That’s it. That’s the whole list. Oh, and Cabrera is now hitting .318 with an .855 OPS in 118 games for the Blue Jays after so many people used his poor 2013 production as an anti-steroids soapbox.

  1. tearlw - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Man, what kind of steroids is he on to draw that many walks?

    • obpedmypants - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      Single-Season Leaders: Walks

      • skipperxc - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        For a second there I thought Eddie Yost and Eddie Joost both being in the top 12 was a typo and they were actually the same guy.

      • rexryanisablowhard - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        Well played! Thumbs down? That’s good stuff.

      • hackerjay - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        I just like the fact that there is an Eddie Yost, Joost, and Stanky all in the top 14.

      • rexryanisablowhard - Aug 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        Strip out anyone that last played over 50 years ago and you are left with Bonds, McGwire and Bagwell.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 11, 2014 at 3:36 PM

        So… two guys who were very good offensive players who happened to take steroids, and Jeff Bagwell?

    • urallstupid - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      steroids help you check swings faster. duh

  2. raysfan1 - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    …and now will use his 2014 stats as “evidence” he is again using PEDs.

    Any time you accomplish something in baseball that gets you on a short list that includes Rod Carew and Lou Gehrig, it’s pretty cool.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      Also, Rocky Colavito. A truly underrated player when looking through history of baseball.

      • voidhelix - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        And Carew`s a little overrated.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 11, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        Rod Carew’s a little overrated? Based on what? His .328 career BA, .393 career OBP, his 5 top 5 MVP finishes and 1977 MVP? Or his career .822 OPS? Maybe it’s his 1015 career RBI, or his 3,053 hits or his 81 career BR WAR?

      • rje49 - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:21 PM

        Speaking of Colavito, I watched the game in 1962. Off the top of my head, Tigers vs. Yankees, 22 innings. Colavito went 7 for 10. I don’t remember how he got on base the 8th time. Johnny Blanchard hit a homer in the 22nd to win it.

      • rje49 - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        Ooops. It was Jack Reed who hit the homer in the 22nd, not Blanchard. What was I thinking!!!

      • dakotaandotter - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:29 PM

        @asimonetti88, you forgot to mention his seven batting titles and his penchant for stealing home.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    *

  4. Bar None - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Lou Gehrig and Melky ruined that list. Everyone else did it in a year ending with 2. I can forgive Gehrig because his was half way between the decades. Melky has no respect for the game.

  5. rickrenteria - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    It’s baseball-reference.com, by the way.

    • genericcommenter - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      True. But it works without the -, too. I’m assuming baseballreference.com wasn’t available, so the registered the – domain. Then when the site took off they were able to acquire the superior domain, but just redirected it since baseball-reference was already established.

  6. 18thstreet - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Stan Hack. What a great name.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      Hack Wilson too.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      It definitely is. I looked him up after this article, and apparently he had a .394 career on-base percentage, which was the record for third basemen until a certain Wade Boggs came around.

      • voidhelix - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        Everyone had great OBP then. No tech and umpiring quality was non-existent.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        Maybe. But all the other hitters at that time had the same conditions, and he still did better than them. .394 OBP for a career is pretty good, no matter what.

      • 18thstreet - Aug 11, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        Let’s see. Stan Hack played from 1932 to 1947; had 8500 plate appearances.

        If we look at the players who attained 4000 plate appearances in those years — an arbitrary cut off — we find Stan Hack 13th on that list:

        http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=bat&lg=all&qual=4000&type=8&season=1947&month=0&season1=1932&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0&sort=14,d

        The name above his is Joe DiMaggio, a little-known player familiar only to the most knowledgeable of fans. So that .394 career OPB is obviously unimpressive. Everyone was doing it back then.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 11, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        Park-adjusted league average OBP for his career was .338, leaving Hack 17% higher than average at doing the most important thing a player can do offensively for his career. Pretty damn solid.

    • voidhelix - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      He was very patient at the dish. And coded 4 IBM.

  7. apkyletexas - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Colavito did it with 7 hits and 1 walk in a 22-inning game, a day after playing a double-header. Then he played a 9 inning game the next day, followed by another double-header.

    That’s 67 innings of baseball in 4 days, or about 17 innings per day. Crazy.

    And if you’d think that too much play would hurt his game? Forget it. He started out 1962 having a terrible season – batting .212 at the end of April and .235 at the end of May. After his 22-inning, 7-hit game on June 24, Colavito pushed his batting average up by 17 points to .285, and maintained an average between .270-.300 the rest of the year.

    • 18thstreet - Aug 11, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Thanks so much for that. That was awesome.

    • rje49 - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      Yes, the Tigers played 6 doubleheaders that month, and I’m sure it was nowhere near a record. No wonder games in those days weren’t snowed out in April and the World Series didn’t end just short of November.

  8. stairwayto7 - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Rennie Stennett wenr 7-7 in a 9 inning game. Only player to do that!

  9. bmadormo - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Enough of the steroids- the guy is actually a very good player. If he has figured out how to beat all the testings so have a lot if other guys

  10. proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    His poor performance last season was due to a tumor attached to his spine. His hitting coach this season in Toronto was his hitting coach when he played in KC. He says that Melky is hitting the same as he did in KC.

  11. thedude1500 - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    I feel old. I remember seeing Rod Carew play.

    • oldgoat50 - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      You feel old? My dad took me to see that Rocky Colavito game in 1962. He didn’t much care for baseball or the drive down to Tiger Stadium, so he held me to only one game per year. So I got a 22-inning game out of him that year!

  12. Bob Loblaw - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Aaron is such a troll. He just happens to have a job at a blog. If he didn’t have this job, he’d be nothing more than a pro-PED troll.

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