Red hot Joe Mauer on historic doubles pace

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Joe Mauer had two more hits last night, making him
39-for-89 (.438) with 17 extra-base hits and 27 RBIs in 22 games since
the All-Star break.

One of those hits was his 38th double of the year,
which ties Mauer for the AL lead with Nick Markakis and puts him on pace to break both the all-time record by a catcher and the Twins’ franchise record.

Ivan Rodriguez holds the catcher mark with 47 doubles in 1996:

Ivan Rodriguez      1999     47
Brian McCann 2008 42
Jorge Posada 2007 42
Brian Harper 1990 42
Lance Parrish 1983 42
Terry Kennedy 1982 42
Mickey Cochrane 1930 42

It seems weird that six different
catchers have 42 doubles, but none have 43-46 doubles and only one has
more than 42 doubles. Anyway, coincidentally 47 doubles is also the Twins’
record:

Justin Morneau      2008     47
Marty Cordova 1996 46
Torii Hunter 2007 45
Chuck Knoblauch 1994 45
Kirby Puckett 1989 45
Zoilo Versalles 1965 45

It’s worth noting that Chuck Knoblauch hit 45
doubles in a strike-shortened season. Prorated to a full schedule he’d
have 65, which is amazing given that the MLB record is 68 by Earl Webb
in 1931. Mauer isn’t on quite that pace, but with 38 doubles through
114 games he’s on track for 54.

In four weeks he’s raised his batting average
from .293 to .327 and his OPS from .792 to .886, both of which lead the Twins now that Justin Morneau no longer qualifies for the batting title.