Indians' Jose Ramirez could become first player since 1936 to reach 60-plus doubles
The Indians third baseman is racking up the extra-base hits at a huge pace
A lot of attention when it comes to individual feats in Major League Baseball right now is centered on Giancarlo Stanton's 53 home runs. Still more at this very moment is on J.D. Martinez for hitting four homers in a game Monday night. On a team basis, Martinez's Diamondbacks have won 11 straight while the Indians have taken 12 in a row.
On the latter point, let's not leave Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez too far out of our minds. The 24-year-old is having a monster season, specifically when it comes to doubles.
Ramirez enters Tuesday with 47 doubles, leading the majors by six (Jed Lowrie is second with 41). This puts Ramirez on pace for 56 doubles. We haven't seen a player top 50 doubles since 2014 (Miguel Cabrera) or end with more than 55 doubles since 2009 (Brian Roberts). Sure, we aren't exactly getting back into the Dark Ages here, but those are fun. If we aim higher, however, Ramirez has a chance to do something we haven't seen in a long time.
What if he gets to 60 doubles? It's possible. He had 13 doubles in June and there's roughly one month of season left. Here are the 60-double seasons in MLB history:
Yep, MLB hasn't seen a 60-double season since 1936.
Ramirez joining that group would be something. Sure, it's not quite as sexy as Stanton clubbing 65 home runs, but it's still fun nonetheless.
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