As we head full speed toward the 2014 All-Star Game, some of Miguel Cabrera‘s numbers are not quite where they were just a season ago. The Detroit Tigers‘ all-world slugger is currently batting .311 with 14 home runs and 67 RBIs, compared to .365 with 30 home runs and 95 RBIs during the first half of 2013. One statistic that jumps out about Cabrera this season, however, is the fact that he is leading the league with 32 doubles. He hit just 26 two-baggers all of last season, and he had 40 during his Triple Crown season back in 2012.
Cabrera has had a 50-double season before, which came back in 2006 with the Florida Marlins, and he also led the league when he hit 48 doubles for the Tigers back in 2011. However, according to his player page on ESPN.com, he is currently on pace for 62 doubles in 2014, which would truly be a remarkable feat.
Earl Webb currently holds the record for the most doubles in a single season with 67, which is a record that was set all the way back in 1931. As a matter of fact, according to BaseballReference.com, there are only six members of the 60-double club, the other five being George Burns, Joe Medwick, Hank Greenberg, Paul Waner and Charlie Gehringer. There has not been a new member inducted into the 60-double club since Medwick and Gehringer swatted 64 and 60 two-baggers, respectively, back in 1936.
A few players have knocked on the door since then, however, such as former Colorado Rockies great Todd Helton, who hit 59 back in 2000. Carlos Delgado, then playing for the Toronto Blue Jays, also hit 57 the very same year. Most recently, Baltimore Orioles phenom Manny Machado was looking like he was going to join the club just last season, but he wound up with 51. Nary a single player has managed to reach the magical number 60 in 78 years. Could this be the season?
Obviously, there is still an awful lot of baseball to be played, and Cabrera could certainly fall off of his current pace as so many others before him have. That said, it would be nothing short of another amazing story if he could be the first player to notch 60 doubles in nearly eight decades. One would have to think that if anyone could do it, it would be him. Cabrera has already accomplished so much in the game, winning thee-straight batting titles and taking home the first Triple Crown award in 45 years just to name a few of his achievements, but reaching 60 doubles would truly be something very, very special.