Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Could David Ortiz break the all-time records for doubles and extra base hits? (they're both 85+ years old too)

This tweet came after David Ortiz's 14th home run of the season yesterday (pictured):

That's pretty good, right?

In addition to his 14 home runs, the 40-year-old (and AL MVP?) Ortiz has 23 doubles and one triple through the Red Sox first 51 games (of which he's played in only 45--that's an absurd 38 extra-base hits in 45 games).  He's on a pace to get 121 extra-base hits this year, which would be two more than the all-time record of 119 set by some guy named Babe Ruth in 1921.

Big Papi is also hitting doubles at a rate that translates to 73 for the full season.  The major league record is 67, by Earl Web in 1931.

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