We realize that we’re not supposed to get excited about “counting stats,” but we do, and 500 doubles is, well, quite a few. Garret Anderson reached 491 in the Braves’ 6-2 loss, tying Hall of Famer Heinie Manush for 54th all time.
Regardless of perspective, the fact that only 53 players in the history of baseball have hit more doubles than GA is quite impressive. We’re of the notion that Anderson won’t reach the 3,000 hit plateau that he wants, or ever be elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame, but it will be quite interesting to see how many doubles he can accumulate before his career is through.
Let’s just assume for a moment that he plays two more years and collects fifty more doubles (which, given his current injury trouble, is no sure thing); he’d be at 541, which would be tied for 25th all time with Rogers Hornsby. It’s hard not to notice counting stats like that.
We probably shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves, though. Right now, Garret has his hands full simply quieting Atlanta’s boo birds.