Texas Rangers – Amazing Times 4
Now I know I come up with some weird stats like the Mets are 13 and 37 in their last 50 games on the third Tuesday of the month. So, I made that one up but you get my point. I know every team gets banged up throughout the season and players go through rough patches and may miss a week or two throughout the season. With 11 players having 250 or more at-bats, the Texas Rangers were no different in 2011.
What was different is just how well they produced with those injuries. At the start of the season there were only 36 players in the history of major league baseball that hit 25 home runs and 25 doubles in less than 125 games played. And, no team ever had more than one player do so in the same season. So it came as a big surprise when the quartet of Adrian Beltre, Nelson Cruz, Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli each accomplished the feat in 2011.
Unfortunately, they did not get the chance to become the third foursome to hit 30 doubles and 30 home runs in the same season behind the 2000 Angels and the 1996 Rockies. They also did not get the chance to become the only foursome to hit 35 home runs and 35 doubles in the same season. In fact, no team has ever had three players accomplish this feat, let alone four. I guess we will have to wait until next season.