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Dodgers have 4 players reach 30 doubles

Thearon W. Henderson

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez hit a double in the first inning against Tim Hudson of the Giants on Saturday, giving up 31 doubles on the season. For the sixth time in the 131-year history of the franchise the Dodgers have four different players with at least 30 doubles in a season.

Full confession: I missed Ramirez's double on Friday night, with was his 30th.

Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp lead the team with 36 doubles, followed by Yasiel Puig with 34 and now Ramirez with 31. Kemp, Puig and Ramirez all doubled in the first inning.

The last Dodgers team with four players to hit 30 doubles was actually one of the worst offensive clubs in franchise history, the 2003 squad that managed a 79 OPS+. That team was led by Shawn Green with 49 doubles, the most ever by a Los Angeles Dodger and the second-most in franchise history. Green was joined by catcher Paul Lo Duca with 34 doubles, utility man Jolbert Cabrera with 32 doubles in only 380 plate appearance, and third baseman Adrian Beltre with 30 doubles.

The 1932 Brooklyn Dodgers, playing in perhaps the most offensive-friendly time in baseball history, are the only team in franchise history with five players with 30 doubles. Hack Wilson led the way with 37 doubles, third baseman Joe Stripp had 36, second baseman Tony Cuccinello and outfielder Lefty O'Doul - the latter one of four 30-30 players in Pacific Coast League history along with Joc Pederson - with 32 each, and shortstop Glenn Wright with 31.

Most players with 30+ doubles, Dodgers
Year Players Doubles
1932 5 Wilson 37,Stripp 36, Cuccinello 32, O'Doul 32, Wright 31
1930 4 Herman 48, Frederick 44, Gilbert 34, Bissonette 33
1941 4 Reiser 39, Medwick 33, Walker 32, Herman 30
1953 4 Snider 38, Furillo 38, Robinson 34, Gilliam
2003 4 Green 49, Lo Duca 34, Cabrera 32, Beltre 30
2014 4 Gonzalez 36, Puig 36, Kemp 34, Ramirez 31
Source: Baseball-Reference

Dee Gordon is fifth on this year's team with 20 doubles, so it's highly unlikely the 2014 Dodgers will produce a fifth 30-double player.

Ramirez has 30 doubles for the fifth time in his career, but the first time since 2009. He had a career-high 48 doubles in 2007 with the Marlins.

The Dodgers as a team have 268 doubles in 147 games, on pace for 295 over a full season. They have hit 300 doubles only twice in their history - 1930 (303) and 2006 (307).