Seattle Mariners’ Raul Ibanez Records Historic Milestone
The Seattle Mariners have posted yet another dismal season. Nobody outside of Seattle expected much from the Mariners in 2013, but that does not mean one cannot hope for a postseason berth. At least left fielder Raul Ibanez was able to shine some light on the team with the season dwindling down by recording a historic milestone.
Ibanez became only the second player in Major League Baseball history to hit 29 home runs at the age of 41 years or older. The other player was Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams. Williams accomplished the feat when he hit 29 home runs in 1960 at the age of 41 years old.
“Obviously, Ted Williams is the greatest player that ever lived. I am not,” Ibanez said, according to Mariners.com. “To be in that type of company just means I’m old, I guess, and I’ve been doing this a long time.”
How could the milestone be any better for Ibanez? The home run just so happened to be the 300th of his long career. To record two great feats with one swing of a bat is rather impressive.
What might be even more unbelievable is that Ibanez has actually performed very well at the plate this season. Everyone had high hopes for him when it was made known that he would return to the team where he started his career, but no one knew he would play this well.
Ibanez is batting .249 with 29 homers, 65 RBI, 20 doubles, two triples and 40 walks in 437 at-bats this season.