Yea, Earl Webb is still safe.
That record hasn't been seriously approached very often. Every once in a while someone will put up over 30 in half a season, but invariably they fall way off the pace. Nobody has hit 60 doubles in a season since the 30s. Helton came close in 2000. And (bizarrely, I didn't know about this) Nicholas Castellanos had 58 laste year, the only person in the top 75 who switched teams in mid-season.
The highest doubles rates for years are 1930, 2007, 2006, 2008, 1932, and 2004. They've been off a bit the last 10 years but are still in the top ~25 seasons of all time. But still, nobody's seriously challenged Webb, who was a minor league star in the independent high minors of the 1920s and didn't have a full MLB season until he was almost 30.
The professional record is 100, by Lyman Lamb of Tulsa in the Western League in 1924. I believe that's the record by 25 doubles, no one else in any league ever hit more than 75 doubles in a season. The preceding two years Lamb hit 68 and 71. In 54 MLB games he doubled 11 times.
I will be shocked if we don’t have a season. Would really hurt the sport.
I figured all along that deferred money would come up. I wasn’t surprised there was a big gap at first. I knew MLB’s first offer the union would spit at.
I thought Vada had fallen victim to Heorin or Coke habit? (Maybe because of the back)
I dont think Manny has had too many on the field problems, but not sure, how many more his career can take, without impacting the writers opinion of him and HOF worthlessness.
Maybe have to stagger the postseason schedule so that the World Series has off days on Saturdays then. In the grand scheme of things I don't think this is a major factor. We don't even know if all the college football games are going to be played anyway.
Whatever happens -- games in front of no fans or at neutral sites -- it is going to be very different and not what we are used to or what we would want in a perfect world.
I think if the union and owners can bridge the enormous financial gap between their proposals, the rest of the details won't be that big a deal. I have my doubts that they can.