Granderson having a remarkable statistical season
Originally Published: September 5, 2007By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine
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Wilson hit 36 triples for the Pirates in 1912. He was a big guy, 6-foot-2, who wasn't considered especially fast, and he never hit more than 14 triples in any other season. No one has even approached his record and, with the way baseball is played these days, no one ever will. In Wilson's era, the ballparks were bigger than today, defense wasn't what it is today and there was an emphasis on speed, not power. In 1912, Wilson's triples total was greater than the home run totals of four MLB teams. To have 21 triples in this era is remarkable. "I've talked to some of the guys who've done it [20 triples], and it is amazing how long it has been,'' Granderson said. "When I hear that I'm the first Tiger to do this [21 triples in a season] since Ty Cobb, you have to think to yourself, 'How many seasons ago was that?'" But it's not just the triples. Granderson hits doubles (36) and homers (19), and he steals bases (17). He has a good chance to become the third player ever to have 20 doubles, 20 triples, 20 homers and 20 steals in a season, joining Willie Mays in 1957 and Frank "Wildfire" Schulte in 1911. Only six players have ever hit 20 homers and hit 20 triples in a season: Schulte, Mays, Buck Freeman (1899), Jim Bottomley (1928), Jeff Heath (1941) and George Brett (1979). "None of the numbers have been ridiculous,'' Granderson said of the 20-20-20-20 possibility. "I'm not doing anything drastic. I've been near those numbers before. But if there's even a chance to be in the same sentence with the great Willie Mays, that'd be special.''
Leon Halip-US PRESSWIRECurtis Granderson is second in the AL in runs scored (104).
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If there's even a chance to be in the same sentence with the great Willie Mays, that'd be special.
-- Curtis Granderson