Brian Roberts Doubles Down

By jason keen
Updated: September 22, 2009

Chicks dig the long ball. It has been instilled in our heads since I can remember. Truthfully, I never fully believed it in because the closest I ever came to a home run in little league was when my best friend parked a lob ball over the left field fence right where I was sitting.

With that said it seems like times are changing in the 21st century as several yahoo threads have rated Brian Roberts the sexiest man in baseball, Roberts being a guy who has never reached the 20 home run plateau. He has been under the microscope as of recent as he has become just the fourth player in the history of the game to reach 50 doubles in three different seasons.

Tris Speaker accomplished it five times, Stan Musial four times, and Paul Waner three times. With one more steal, Brian Roberts will become the only one of the four with two 30+ stolen bases in those same seasons. I should also mention that he had 29 steals the first time he reached 50 doubles.

Roberts reached 50 doubles this year with 23 games remaining on the schedule. He now needs 6 doubles with 12 games remaining to become the first player since 1936 to reach 60 doubles. Both Todd Helton and Carlos Delgado fell just short of this mark in 2000. If Brian Roberts does in fact reach this heralded feat, he will become just the 7th player to do so, four of which are Hall of Famers.

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