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Leaderboarding: Luis Gonzalez's extra-base hit prowess

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Luis Gonzalez had an elite career in terms of racking up extra-base hits.
Luis Gonzalez had an elite career in terms of racking up extra-base hits. (Getty Images)

Related: The cases for/against Luis Gonzalez as a Hall of Famer

As one might have noticed from the handy link you see directly above, we just got done breaking down the merits of Luis Gonzalez's Hall of Fame case. He was the first individual with which we've done so, but 23 more are coming prior to the Jan. 8 reveal of the BBWAA Hall of Fame election results.

Anyway, Tuesday is about Luis Gonzalez in this space, so let's check out an area where he excelled during his career: Extra-base hits. Specifically, Gonzalez racked up a whopping 596 doubles -- good for 15th in baseball history -- while also hitting 354 homers.

In true cherry-picking fashion, let's take a look at the players in MLB history who had at least 350 homers and at least 550 doubles. There were only 10 and the names are quite impressive. We'll sort them by most career extra-base hits.

XBH = Extra-base hits
AB = Career at-bats

550+ Doubles, 350+ Home Runs
Hank Aaron1954-76624755147712,364
Barry Bonds1986-200760176214409847
Stan Musial1941-63725475137710,972
Rafael Palmeiro1986-2005585569119210,472
Carl Yastrzemski1961-1983646452115711,998
Eddie Murray1977-97560504109911,336
Cal Ripken Jr.1981-2001603431107811,551
Luis Gonzalez1990-200859635410189157
Todd Helton1997-20135923699987962
Jeff Kent1992-20085603779848498

Via baseball-reference.com's play index

Good company, for certain.

As for whether or not this makes Gonzalez a Hall of Famer, we'll let you guys tussle over that here and in the above linked entry on his "case for" and "case against."

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