Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 6/18/13
In the Baltimore Orioles' clubhouse Monday afternoon, I showed Manny Machado the list of major leaguers with 60 or more doubles in a single season. It looked like this: Earl Webb, 1931 -- 67 George Burns, 1926 -- 64 Joe Medwick, 1936 -- 64 Hank Greenberg, 1934 -- 63 Paul Waner, 1932 -- 62 Charlie Gehringer, 1936 -- 60 Then I told Machado how many doubles he's on pace to have this year: 74 . "Wow," he replied, matter-of-factly. Wow, indeed. Machado is well on his way to the majors' first 60-double season since 1936. And he's on track to do it by Labor Day. Of all the ways to affirm Machado's place among the best young players in the game, this is the most historically significant. Machado doesn't turn 21 until next month, but he has a very good chance to accomplish something only six players -- of any age -- have done before. And with 32 doubles in mid-June, he can afford to have a few slumps and still finish with 60. How momentous would that be? Consider this: There hav...
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