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20/20 (re)vision

Posted at 9:49 AM on September 11, 2007 by Steve Rudolph

Outside of Minnesota there’s some great baseball being played this season and some very impressive performances. Lost in all the milestones and records is the play of Detroit centerfielder Curtis Granderson.

In just his second full season in the majors, Granderson has done what only two players have ever done before – record 20 stolen bases, 20 homers, 20 triples and 20 doubles in a season.

The only two players to accomplish the feat were the legendary Willie Mayes and Frank “Wildfire” Schulte who recorded his 20-20-20-20 season with the Cubs in 1911.

What fascinates me most about this accomplishment is the triples. As much as I like the home run, the triple is the most exciting play in baseball and Granderson’s 22 this season are the most for a Tiger since Ty Cobb recorded 24 in 1917. (Former Twin Christian Guzman’s best year for triples was 2000 when he hit 20.)

Granderson is one of the game’s rising stars and if I was fielding a dream team, he’d be my choice in centerfield.

And that’s not just because he’s also a blogger.

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