Leaderboarding: Luis Gonzalez's extra-base hit prowess
Only 10 players in MLB history had at least 350 homers and 550 doubles, including Hall of Fame candidate Luis Gonzalez.
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|
|Cal Ripken Jr.||1981-2001||603||431||1078||11,551|
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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