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I am on board with Curtis Granderson becoming an outfielder for the Mets over the next four seasons. But not everyone is. So I decided to generate a chart that lists all the players in baseball history who have produced 200 doubles, 200 homers, 80 triples and 100 stolen bases in their respective careers.
For the record, Curtis Granderson's first double for the Mets will be the 200th in his career. When he gets it, he will join this group of players in the 200 double, 200 homer, 80 triple, 100 steal club. See if you recognize any of the names listed below.
Thirteen of the players listed above are in the Hall of Fame. Three others (Steve Finley, Johnny Damon, Vada Pinson) had outstanding careers that warranted Hall of Fame consideration. The 17th member of that group - once he legs out his first two-bagger for the Mets - is Curtis Granderson. And if he gets that double before his 13th game with the team, he will have joined that exclusive club before playing in his 1,200th career game. Everyone else on the list played in at least 2,164 games.
Granderson already has as many triples and just seven fewer homers than Roberto Alomar, who is one of the players on the list. Another player on the list (Lou Gehrig) had 20 fewer stolen bases than Granderson already has. In addition, Granderson's on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS (.340/.488/.828) are all higher than the numbers put up by Hall of Famer Andre Dawson (.323/.482/.806). And his .488 slugging percentage is higher than ten of the 16 other players on the list.
Many home run hitters can produce doubles. But they don't usually don't have the speed to leg out triples or steal bases. Similarly, great triples hitters who also steal bases aren't usually among the league's best power hitters. That's why only 16 players have ever produced 200 doubles, 200 homers, 80 triples and 100 stolen bases in their careers. That's also why all but three of those players have their plaques hanging in Cooperstown.
Curtis Granderson is about to become the 17th player to reach those career marks. And now he has four years to add to those numbers as a member of the New York Mets. Get used to it, Mets fans. Come March 31st, you'll be cheering for a very special player.