Continuing the power-hitting shortstops theme, I am interested in determining who hit the most career doubles at the position.
We run into issues with a few old-time greats, Joe Cronin and Honus Wagner. Both guys hit over 500 doubles but they played in seasons that Baseball-Reference is missing many box scores and thus splits. Cronin probably hit just under 500 as a SS and Wagner is estimated to have 550 doubles at the SS position. Honus is very likely the all-time leader for doubles by a shortstop but since we don’t know for certain I have left he and Cronin off this list.
The nearly 100% accurate list follows:
Career Doubles Hit While Playing Shortstop
A third angle to look at the Young signing is what if he had retired last month and passed up a $6,000,000 payday in 2013. The short answer is that he would have gone down as one of the most uniquely productive hitting shortstops the game has ever seen. Only 4 SS in the history of MLB have shown the power and average that Young has displayed over his dozen seasons.
The grand list of shortstops with a .300 BA, 400 2B and 150 HR.
Player BA 2B HR From To Joe Cronin .301 515 170 1926 1945 Derek Jeter .313 524 255 1995 2012 Alex Rodriguez .300 512 647 1994 2012 Michael Young .301 415 177 2000 2012
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com