On Monday night, Nick Markakis achieved a milestone that puts him in the company of several legendary hitters throughout history.
63 other big leaguers have crossed the 500-double plateau, including Hall of Famer Goose Goslin and steady 90s hitter John Olerud, who both finished their careers with exactly 500. Markakis, however, has plenty of time to keep going and pass the likes of Babe Ruth (506), Willie Mays (523) and Ted Williams (524).
Doubles are right in Markakis' wheelhouse; he's never hit more home runs in a season than doubles.
Here are some interesting statistics regarding Markakis' career as a doubles-hitting phenom:
- Markakis is one of five Major Leaguers in the past 15 years -- alongside Robinson Cano, Miguel Cabrera, Mookie Betts and David Wright -- with five seasons of 40-or-more doubles.
- Despite never leading the league in doubles from 2007-2010, no player had more than Markakis' 181 in that span.
- Markakis has the second-most multi-double games since 2000 with 55, tied with Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera and trailing only David Ortiz (62). He also has the second-most games in that span with three doubles (5).
- He is one of seven Orioles to record 300 doubles in a Baltimore jersey.
...and that caps our double talk for the night (and probably for quite some time).
Up next? There are a few notable milestones on the horizon, including...
- Albert Pujols' 660th and 661st home runs, which would tie and pass Willie Mays for fifth all-time
- Pujols' 2,086th and 2,087th RBI, which would tie and pass Alex Rodriguez for third all-time
- Evan Longoria's 300th home run, which would make him the 150th member of the club
- Zack Greinke's 2,668th and 2,669th strikeouts, which would put him in the top-25 strikeout pitchers of all-time
- Jon Lester's 2,396th and 2,397th strikeouts, which would put him in the top-50 strikeout pitchers of all-time