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Numbers and baseball just add up

As many people know, I am a real baseball fan.

Part of the attraction for me, also being a numbers nut, is the sheer volume of statistics and records that baseball keeps track of.

A couple of recent examples: Wil Myers of the San Diego Padres hit three homeruns in a game a few days ago, a game the Arizona Diamondbacks won 20-5.

Someone went back and checked, and that set a record for the largest margin of defeat in Major League history for a team which had a player hit three homeruns.

Another example: Mark Reynolds of the Washington Nationals drove in 10 runs in a game on the weekend. A few days earlier, Trea Turner of the Nationals had driven in eight runs in a game.

Again, someone went back and checked: That was the first time two players on the same team had driven in eight runs in a game within a week of each other.

I mentioned that one to a friend of mine who is as big a stats freak as I am, and he had a bit of trouble believing it had never happened before. When he said that, I started wondering as well.

Then I started thinking about how few players have driven in 10 runs in a game. Then I started figuring out what the odds were they had a teammate who drove in eight runs in a game within a week, one side or the other.

All of a sudden, it made more sense.

I also love baseball for the more legitimate stats that a lot of fans don’t know about. For instance, the record for doubles in a season was set in 1931, when Earl Webb hit 67 for the Boston Red Sox.

There have been a few other players hit 60, but no one has done that since 1936.

This year, Eduardo Escobar of the Minnesota Twins has 35 doubles just over halfway through the season.

A lot of people probably don’t know (or care) that he is pretty close to record pace, but if he keeps it up, I know one thing I’ll be checking in the box scores in September.

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