Were Aramis Ramirez's 50 Doubles Overrated?

Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

A lot was made of Aramis Ramirez's 50 double season in 2012. Should we have been paying that much attention?

We spent a lot of time this season discussing Aramis Ramirez's pursuit of the Brewers' single-season doubles record. His pace slowed a little down the stretch and he finished with 50, becoming just the second Brewer ever to reach that mark.

With that said, back in September Nicole mentioned something that struck a chord with me:

18 triples seems like a bit much to ask for, but it does seem intuitive that a player who reaches 50 doubles probably has both of the following things going for him:

  • He hits the ball with enough authority that it consistently gets to the wall when hit down the lines or into the gaps.
  • He's slow or otherwise motivated to stop early often enough to prevent him from turning some of his doubles into triples.

Those things are both true of Ramirez, who certainly has demonstrated remarkable power but limited speed (although he did steal nine bases this year).

With that said, Ramirez's 53 combined doubles and triples still put him among pretty elite company in Brewer franchise history. He's one of just three players in franchise history to reach that mark:

Player Season 2B 3B Combined
Robin Yount 1980 49 10 59
Robin Yount 1982 46 12 58
Lyle Overbay 2004 53 1 54
Aramis Ramirez 2012 50 3 53

Furthermore, Ramirez and Ryan Braun had just the sixth and seventh seasons in franchise history with 80 extra base hits:

Player Season 2B 3B HR XBH
Prince Fielder 2007 35 2 50 87
Robin Yount 1982 46 12 29 87
Prince Fielder 2009 35 3 46 84
Ryan Braun 2008 39 7 37 83
Robin Yount 1980 49 10 23 82
Aramis Ramirez 2012 50 3 27 80
Ryan Braun 2012 36 3 41 80
So, to sum up: Ramirez's doubles milestone was likely at least partially caused by his lack of speed, but that shouldn't take away from a truly great offensive season.
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