Posted by Andy on April 30, 2010
Johnson has 9 HR, 18 RBI, and 59 total bases in the D-backs' first 22 games. That projects to 434 total bases in a season which would nearly break Rogers Hornsby's 1922 record for 2B of 450. (For a little perspective, Hornsby got to 450 total bases by hitting 46 doubles, 14 triples, and 42 homers while batting .401....think about that for a minute.)
Oh, and Cano? Well he's got 8 HR, 17 RBI, and 64 total bases in the Yanks' first 21 games. That projects to 493 in the season. Umm, yeah. I'll just point you to the overall record for total bases in a season for comparison.
Amazingly, despite their fast starts, neither guy holds the record for most HR by a second baseman in his team's first 22 games:
|1||Chase Utley||2008||Ind. Games||36||31||16||1||0||10||15|
|2||Kelly Johnson||2010||Ind. Games||32||26||13||0||0||9||15|
|3||Robinson Cano||2010||Ind. Games||27||24||12||1||0||8||12|
|4||Jeff Kent||1994||Ind. Games||27||26||14||2||0||8||16|
|5||Ian Kinsler||2009||Ind. Games||33||29||16||2||1||8||17|
|6||Chase Utley||2009||Ind. Games||31||27||11||0||0||8||13|
|7||Ian Kinsler||2007||Ind. Games||34||30||12||0||0||8||14|
|8||Alfonso Soriano||2003||Ind. Games||44||40||19||2||0||8||18|
|9||Jay Bell||1999||Ind. Games||28||24||12||1||1||7||13|
|10||Brian Roberts||2005||Ind. Games||35||29||13||0||1||7||16|
I don't think anyone has ever bested Utley although keep in mind the box score search doesn't include 1940-1951 and prior to 1920.
Also, the Yankees play their 22nd game tonight so Cano has a shot to tie Utley if he hits 2 bombs as he did yesterday.
Once again, though, we are reminded that "Chase Utley....you are the man!" RIP HK
I would be remiss if I didn't mention that our friend Raphy came up with the ideas for this post. He may not be writing for the blog anymore but he still knows his stuff 🙂