Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez have both joined the 500 double club this year, Jeter on May 3rd against Kansas City, and Rodriguez yesterday (May 21st), also against the Royals.

How unusual is that? After the jump, I’ll take a look.

Here is the list of teammates in the 500 double club.

Rk Player 2B From To 6 Age G PA AB R H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Tm
1 Tris Speaker 792 1907 1928 19-40 2790 11991 10195 1882 3514 117 1529 1381 395 .345 .428 .500 .928 PHA
  Ty Cobb 724 1905 1928 18-41 3034 13078 11434 2246 4189 117 1938 1249 680 .366 .433 .512 .945 PHA
2 Al Simmons 512 1924 1938 22-36 2023 8880 8164 1450 2773 298 1749 578 663 .340 .385 .547 .932 WSH
  Goose Goslin 500 1921 1938 20-37 2287 9829 8656 1483 2735 248 1609 949 585 .316 .387 .500 .887 WSH
3 Al Simmons 539 1924 1943 22-41 2211 9512 8753 1506 2924 307 1825 615 737 .334 .380 .535 .915 BOS
  Joe Cronin 508 1926 1943 19-36 2045 8598 7380 1208 2236 165 1395 1022 679 .303 .390 .471 .861 BOS
4 Pete Rose 746 1963 1986 22-45 3562 15890 14053 2165 4256 160 1314 1566 1143 .303 .375 .409 .784 CIN
  Tony Perez 505 1964 1986 22-44 2777 10861 9778 1272 2732 379 1652 925 1867 .279 .341 .463 .804 CIN
5 Dave Winfield 540 1973 1995 21-43 2973 12358 11003 1669 3110 465 1833 1216 1686 .283 .353 .475 .827 CLE
  Eddie Murray 532 1977 1995 21-39 2819 11995 10603 1545 3071 479 1820 1257 1403 .290 .362 .482 .844 CLE
6 Tony Gwynn 543 1982 2001 22-41 2440 10232 9288 1383 3141 135 1138 790 434 .338 .388 .459 .847 SDP
  Rickey Henderson 503 1979 2001 20-42 2979 13040 10710 2248 3000 290 1094 2141 1631 .280 .402 .420 .823 SDP
7 Luis Gonzalez 570 1990 2007 22-39 2455 10144 8816 1382 2502 346 1392 1114 1175 .284 .368 .481 .849 LAD
  Jeff Kent 537 1992 2007 24-39 2177 9063 8058 1278 2338 365 1459 776 1470 .290 .357 .504 .861 LAD
8 Jeff Kent 560 1992 2008 24-40 2298 9537 8498 1320 2461 377 1518 801 1522 .290 .356 .500 .855 LAD
  Manny Ramirez 507 1993 2008 21-36 2103 9006 7610 1444 2392 527 1725 1212 1667 .314 .411 .593 1.004 LAD
9 Manny Ramirez 547 1993 2010 21-38 2297 9757 8227 1544 2573 555 1830 1329 1809 .313 .411 .586 .998 LAD
  Garret Anderson 522 1994 2010 22-38 2228 9177 8640 1084 2529 287 1365 429 1224 .293 .324 .461 .785 LAD
10 Derek Jeter 501 1995 2012 21-38 2467 11345 10043 1793 3148 245 1211 1007 1673 .313 .383 .449 .832 NYY
  Alex Rodriguez 500 1994 2012 18-36 2443 10809 9351 1846 2817 634 1908 1186 1948 .301 .386 .564 .950 NYY
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/22/2012.

So, this is only the 10th time that teammates have both been at 500+ career doubles.

Note that I omitted Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon of the 2011 Rays because, well, Ramirez is already all over this list and, more importantly, he had already announced his sudden retirement last year before Damon reached the 500 mark. Also, for the record, Tony Perez did not reach the 500 mark until after Pete Rose’s final game in 1986 but, according to a contemporary press report, Rose did not officially announce his retirement until after the following season, at the MLB winter meetings in December 1987.

Note also that this is only the second time that two teammates have both reached 500 doubles in the same season. The first time was Al Simmons and Goose Goslin of the 1938 Senators. Goslin reached 500 with the last hit of his career on July 28th against Detroit and Simmons followed him a couple of weeks later, on August 12th against Boston.

 

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