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Old 02-11-2011, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Not a great year for historic events, but there are some reachable distinctions for a few players.

The two star events which will happen....

1) Derek Jeter needs 74 hits to reach 3000 for his career, which will make him the 28th person to reach that mark

2) Jim Thome is 11 homeruns shy of 600, and he will be joining an even more exclusive club, becoming the 8th player to reach that total.

27 homeruns by Carlos Delgado will give him 500 for his career.

Alex Rodriguez has 1,831 RBI and presently holds the 17th spot on that career list. If Arod can drive in 100 this season, he will vault to the 8th spot.

Manny Ramirez in one RBI behind Arod, so in theory, he could pass Rodriguez this year and take the 8th spot for himself.

Ivan Rodriguez is currently 21st all time with 565 doubles. If he could manage 31 two baggers in 2011, that would push him up to the 15th spot.

Mariano Rivera needs 43 saves to pass Trevor Hoffman for the # 1 slot all time. Since Billy Wagner has retired with 422 saves, it will be a long time before anyone approaches Mariano's record. The next active pitcher with the most saves is Francisco Cordero with 290.
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Old 02-12-2011, 05:18 AM
 
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Jeter will become the first Yankee to reach 3,000.

The Braves need 55 wins to reach 10,000, joining the Cardinals, Cubs, Dodgers and Giants in that select group. The Reds should make it this year also as they need 85 more wins. (Technically the Yankees are over 10,000 but only if the old National League Oriole victories are included.)
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Old 02-13-2011, 03:07 PM
 
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As a Mets fan, I'm hoping Angel Pagan hits for the cycle at some point this season. He's come close many times.
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:06 PM
 
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As a Mets fan, I'm hoping Angel Pagan hits for the cycle at some point this season. He's come close many times.
You are entitled to pick your own thrills, but I tend not to be impressed by the gimmick style feats such as hitting streaks or hitting for the cycle. The thing about the cycle is that you could have conditions where it is undesirable. Suppose a batter has homered, tripled and and doubled in his first three at bats. Now he is up in the ninth with two out, the bases loaded and his team down by three runs. A single would complete the cycle, but victory wise, you would prefer an extra base hit. Failing to get the cycle in such a situation because an exta base hit was produced, isn't cause for disappointment. You are better off with four homers, or four triples, or three triples and a double, or two homers and two doubles, or a homer, a triple and two doubles, than you are with the cycle. Any of those add up to more total bases than the ten produced in a cycle.

The cycle is just a coincidence, not something anyone should deliberately strive to achieve.
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:11 PM
 
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Roy Halladay is the active leader in career shutouts with 19. If he can throw 92 shutouts this season, he will pass Walter Johnson for the # 1 position. Halladay is also the active leader in complete games with 58. If he can throw 692 complete games this season, he passes Cy Young for the top slot.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:12 AM
 
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This might be the year the AL East has three clubs with 90 or more wins. In two of the last three seasons the division has missed this record accomplishment by only one win.
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Old 02-14-2011, 09:23 PM
 
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Digging a little deeper, I discovered that both Manny Ramirez, and Alex Rodriguez have 21 career grandslams. They are tied for second place behind Lou Gehrig who had 23 in his career.
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