Miguel Andujar topped off his historic rookie campaign this weekend in Boston. On Saturday, he broke Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio’s franchise rookie doubles record. The next day, he tied the American League record set by Fred Lynn in 1975.
Andujar’s record-tying double came in the top of the fourth during an otherwise meaningless game, as both teams’ postseason berths and seeding were already assured. Batting against fellow rookie Bobby Poyner with the Yankees trailing 7-0, he lofted a high fly ball to left. Red Sox left fielder Brock Holt went back to the wall and leaped about a foot in front of the Green Monster, but the ball bounced off his glove as he attempted the catch. Holt recovered quickly and fired the ball to second base, but Andujar slid in with his 47th double of the year.
The knock was also Andujar’s 76th extra-base hit of the season, which is the ninth most by an AL rookie. Heading into today, Andujar had been tied with Lynn on that list. Teammate Aaron Judge produced 79 extra-base hits during his standout rookie campaign last year.
To put Andujar’s achievement in perspective, consider this: Lynn won both the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards for his efforts, becoming the first rookie to do so. Judge won the ROY and was runner-up for MVP. Now let’s take a look at Miggy’s historic knock:
Miggy ties the all-time AL Rookie doubles record with #47.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 30, 2018
Luke pushes the all-time team HR record to #267.
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Congratulations to Miguel Andujar on a fine season!