As he's done so many times this year, Xander Bogaerts provided a bright spot in what's been a dark season for the Boston Red Sox.
The 26-year-old clubbed his 50th double of the season in the third inning of Thursday night's game vs. the Blue Jays. That makes Bogaerts the second shortstop ever to notch 50 two-baggers and 30 home runs in a season. Alex Rodriguez accomplished the feat in 1996 with the Seattle Mariners.
With that 3rd inning double, Xander Bogaerts becomes just the 2nd SS ever with 30 HR and 50 2B in a single season, joining @AROD in 1996.— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) September 13, 2019
It's been a season full of milestones for Bogaerts. Earlier this season he also became the first shortstop since Miguel Tejada in 2004 to tally 30 homers and 100 RBI in a season. Last week, Bogaerts reached the 1,000-hit mark for his career.
Joining Bogaerts in the 50-double club is Rafael Devers. The third baseman slugged his 50th in Wednesday night's contest.
It's the first time in franchise history the Red Sox have had two players hit 50+ doubles.
This is the first season Sox have two players (Bogaerts and Devers) with 50 doubles.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) September 13, 2019
Only teams since 1947 with multiple players hitting 50+ doubles in a season are 2000 Rockies (Helton and Cirillo) and 1996 Mariners (A-Rod and Edgar).
Let's check in with all the members of the 50-double club: pic.twitter.com/8Q2E63Rfpa— Red Sox (@RedSox) September 13, 2019
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