40-year-old Bobby Abreu stole the 400th base of his career in the top of the eighth inning last night against the Phillies. In doing so, he joined a pretty cool club:
Two Hall of Famers and one should-be Hall of Famer, depending on your perspective. Not bad. Not bad at all.
After not playing in the majors last year, Abreu has been a nice find for the Mets so far in 2014. He’s batting .304/.389/.478 through 54 plate appearances. Oddly, the Mets have fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens to thank for Abreu, as he recommended signing him after he managed him in the Venezuelan Winter League.
As our own Matthew Pouliot wrote last night, Abreu reached 4,000 total bases earlier this week and now ranks 84th all-time in that category. He needs 49 hits to reach 2,500 hits for his career and 12 home runs to reach 300.
Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres was born on December 13, 1996. That year, Bartolo Colon (who turns 45 years old on Thursday) was wrapping up a season he spent with Double-A Canton-Akron and Triple-A Buffalo. He would debut in the majors the following April.
In a clash of generations, the 21-year-old Torres and Colon squared off on Monday as the Yankees visited the Rangers. Torres won the battle twice, drilling a two-run home run off of Colon in the second inning and a solo shot off of Colon in the fourth. Colon wound up giving up six runs in total on eight hits (including four homers) and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Here is video of the first homer Torres hit:
Torres is the second-youngest Yankee in club history with a multi-homer game. Mickey Mantle was 20 years and 296 days old when he went yard twice on August 11, 1952. Torres is 21 years, 159 days old. Joe DiMaggio was 21-212 when he hit two on June 24, 1936.
So much for respecting one’s elders. We’re currently seeing a youth movement in baseball. 19-year-old Juan Soto hit his first major league homer on Monday against the Padres. 20-year-olds Ronald Acuña and Mike Soroka debuted for the Braves earlier this year. Could 19-year-old Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. join them soon?