I have found another quote about the Stanton deal with Miami and the Reds / Votto deal. I don’t have much to add to this but that I still think Joey Votto will turn it around and make the most out of that deal. But as a fan we just have to look at these huge deals and shake our heads. Not many usually turn out great for the team or more importantly, the fans.
“Stanton turned 25 earlier this month. If, against the odds, he plays out the contract as it’s currently structured, he’ll be 37 when it ends. Compare that to other mega-contract ending ages: Alex Rodriguez will have turned 42 by the close of his current 10-year contract. The Angels will be paying Albert Pujols through his age-41 season. Robinson Cano and Miguel Cabrera will be 40 in the final guaranteed seasons of their deals, and Joey Votto will have turned 40 before the Reds’ obligation is up. Stanton signed the longest contract ever, and he’ll still be significantly younger when it’s over than the players you probably thought of when you mentally compared Stanton’s contract with others of a certain size.” Source
Being a 20 year old ball player in Major League Baseball can be tough. Not only do you have to worry about getting sent back to the minors but you have to learn how to stay productive against top players that might have five to fifteen years on you in the pro’s. Most young players are just happy to get their feet wet. While others jump in head first and make waves right away. Today I wanted to find out how many 20 year old baseball players got over 200 hits in a season. There are five to be exact and some might take you by shock.
Alex Rodriguez takes first place with 215 hits while playing for Seattle Mariners in 1996. Ty Cobb takes second with 212 hits for Detroit Tigers in 1907. Buddy Lewis got 210 hits in 1937 for Washington Senators. 205 hits helped Vada Pinson hit the list in 1959 for Cincinnati Redlegs and made him the only player to do it for the National League. And the only other 20 year old to get exactly 200 hits is Al Kaline who did it in 1955 for Detroit Tigers who were lucky enough to have two 20 year olds make the list. The next 20 year old only had 188 hits and that was done by Orlando Cepeda in 1958 for San Francisco Giants. The most recent 20 year old on the list is Jason Heyward who got 144 hits in 2010 for Atlanta Braves. The question remains, will there ever be another 20 year old to get over 200 hits in Major League Baseball?
20 year olds who got 200 or more hits. (1901 - 2011) Rk Player Year Age Tm Lg G AB H6 BA OBP SLG OPS 1 Alex Rodriguez 1996 20 SEA AL 146 601 215 .358 .414 .631 1.045 2 Ty Cobb 1907 20 DET AL 150 605 212 .350 .380 .468 .848 3 Buddy Lewis 1937 20 WSH AL 156 668 210 .314 .367 .425 .792 4 Vada Pinson 1959 20 CIN NL 154 648 205 .316 .371 .509 .880 5 Al Kaline 1955 20 DET AL 152 588 200 .340 .421 .546 .967