Astros dynamo Jose Altuve notched multiple hits yesterday for the 10th time in the past 11 games to give him 220 hits on the season, which is the most by any second baseman since Hall of Famer Charlie Gehringer of the Tigers had 227 in 1936.
Here are the leaders since 1937:
JOSE ALTUVE 2014 220
Rod Carew 1974 218
Dustin Pedroia 2008 213
Dave Cash 1975 213
Craig Biggio 1998 210
Steve Sax 1986 210
In terms of the all-time leaders, Altuve currently ranks 11th and if he keeps up his season-long pace for the Astros’ final six games he’d finish with 228 hits to rank fifth all time. Here’s the current top five (with ties):
Rogers Hornsby 1922 250
Rogers Hornsby 1921 235
Nap Lajoie 1901 232
Rogers Hornsby 1929 229
Rogers Hornsby 1924 227
Charlie Gehringer 1936 227
Billy Herman 1935 227
Nap Lajoie 1910 227
Rogers Hornsby was a monster and that would be a pretty amazing list for Altuve to crack.
The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.
After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.
Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.
Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:
In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?