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Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has 75 extra-base hits (42 home runs and 33 doubles) this season, most in the majors. He is on pace to have 103 extra-base hits for the season. Should he get to 100 (and potentially, beyond that), he would become the 13th player in baseball history to have 100-plus extra-base hits in a season (three players accomplished the feat twice in their careers).
The question, however, is will Davis have one of his teammates join him in the 80-plus extra-base hit club? Manny Machado has 55 extra-base hits in 2013 and Adam Jones is close behind with 54. Both of these players are on a pace to end up with about 75 for the season.
Teammates with 80-plus extra-base hits in a season has happened 34 times since 1901. Last season, Brewers teammates Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez each had 80 extra-base hits, making them the first set of Brewers teammates to accomplish that. They were also the first teammates with 80-plus extra-base hits since 2008 when St. Louis’ Ryan Ludwig (80) and Albert Pujols (81) reached that mark.
Here’s a look at the teammates that had 80-plus extra-base hits in a season since 2000.
Season, Team, Players
2012, Milwaukee: Ryan Braun (80) and Aramis Ramirez (80)
2008, St. Louis: Ryan Ludwig (80) and Albert Pujols (81)
2007, Detroit: Curtis Granderson (84) and Magglio Ordonez (82)
2007, Florida: Hanley Ramirez (83) and Dan Uggla (83)
2005, Texas: Alfonso Soriano (81) and Mark Teixeira (87)
2004, Boston: David Ortiz (91) and Manny Ramirez (87)
2004, Colorado: Vinny Castilla (81) and Todd Helton (83)
2004, St. Louis: Jim Edmonds (83) and Albert Pujols (99)
2003, Colorado: Todd Helton (87) and Preston Wilson (80)
2003, Toronto: Carlos Delgado (81) and Vernon Wells (87)
2001, Houston: Lance Berkman (94) and Jeff Bagwell (86)
2001, Texas: Alex Rodriguez (87) and Rafael Palmeiro (80)
2000, Houston: Jeff Bagwell (85) and Richard Hidalgo (89)
2000, San Francisco: Barry Bonds (81) and Jeff Kent (81)
Here’s a few more stats about extra-base hits in a season:
* The New Yankees have had teammates with 80-plus extra-base hits most often in MLB history with eight. However, the last time they accomplished that was in 1937.
* Lou Gehrig tops the list of most seasons with 80 or more extra-base hits with 10. He is followed by Babe Ruth and Albert Pujols with nine each.
* Babe Ruth holds the MLB record for most extra-base hits in a season with 119 in 1921. The last time a player had 100 or more extra-base hits in a season was 2001 when four players cracked the 100 mark: Barry Bonds, Todd Helton, Sammy Sosa and Luis Gonzalez.
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For those of you young couples that are planning a family and you’d like to make sure that your next son will be one of the top home run hitters in the history of baseball, you’ll probably want to read this blog.
There are 83 players who have hit 350 or more home runs in baseball history. In looking at the month in which these players were born, those planning a birth may want to target a March, August or November birth… and most certainly not an April birth!
Following are the number of players with 350+ career home runs and the month they were born.
350+ HR Club members, Month
Note #1: On six different dates, two members of baseball’s 350+ HR Club were born: March 7-Joe Carter and Jeff Kent; March 8-Jim Rice and Dick Allen; May 27-Frank Thomas and Jeff Bagwell; October 20-Mickey Mantle and Juan Gonzalez; November 18-Gary Sheffield and David Ortiz; November 21-Ken Griffey and Stan Musial.
Note #2: Seven of the 83 players were born on the 27th, most of the group. Five members each were born on the 10th and the 24th. There was at least one player with 350+ home runs born on every date (1, 2, 3, 4…) of a month.
Note #3: Of the 25 players who have hit 500 or more home runs, four were born in May and four were born in October, most on the list.
Did You Know? Hank Aaron, number 2 on the list, was born on February 5… Babe Ruth, number 3 on the list, was born on February 6.