Friday, September 11, 2009
The Baseball Reference Stat of the Day blog (an essential read) informs us that Hanley Ramirez is 19 hits short of becoming only the second player in MLB history to post multiple 200-hit, 20-home-run, 20-stolen-base seasons. He accomplished this feat in 2007, and is now sitting with 181 hits, 22 home runs, and 24 stolen bases. With 22 games remaining in the season, the 200-hit mark is certainly doable.
Who was the other player to achieve multiple 200-20-20 seasons? None other than Vada Pinson, who coincidentally was the Marlins' first base coach in 1993. Vada did it thrice, in 1959, 1963, and 1965. The two are in good company, as Vladimir Guerrero, Hank Aaron, Paul Molitor, Willie Mays, Lou Brock, Bobby Bonds, and Kirby Puckett all posted a single 200-20-20 season. See the full list here (major h/t to BR).
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