19 September, 2008

Historic Season

Quietly, Jose Reyes is having a spectacular season. At no time in the history of major league baseball has a player had a season in which he accumulated at least 100 runs scored, 200 hits, 35 doubles, 15 triples, 15 home runs, and 50 stolen bases; but Reyes is about to do just that. At the time that this article is being written Reyes has: 104 runs, 195 hits, 35 doubles, 18 triples, 16 home runs, and 52 stolen bases. Reyes only needs 5 more hits in the Mets' final 9+ games to become the first player to have such a dynamic combination of statistics in a single season.
Furthermore, if we remove the restriction on doubles and triples; Reyes will become only the fourth player (along with Lou Brock, 1967; Craig Biggio, 1998; and Hanley Ramirez, 2007) to have 100 runs, 200 hits, 15 home runs, and 50 stolen bases in a season.
If you consider players with 100 runs scored, 15 triples, 15 homers, and 50 homers; Reyes becomes the first player to accomplish this feat twice (2006), while only two others have ever produced similar seasons (Harry Stovey, 1891; and Juan Samuel, 1984).
While Reyes may not win the MVP award, due to writers' fascination with RBI, he is certainly worthy of serious consideration; and may very well be more valuable than the ultimate winner of the award.

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