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MLB: Mickey Mantle Was Almost as Effective as Craig Biggio and Dick McAuliffe

most situations with runners on base and less than two outs, hitting into a double play is the worst result for the offensive team.

Most batters who hit the ball sharply hit into the most double plays even if they possess great speed.

In 2011, Adrien Gonzalez, who does not have great speed, has hit into 25 double plays to lead the American League, while Albert Pujols has equaled Gonzalez to lead the National League.

Cal Ripken Jr. holds the career record by grounding into 350 double plays, followed by Ivan Rodriguez’ 336 and Hank Aaron’s 328, which brings us to Mickey Mantle.

No one, with the possible exception of Babe Ruth, hit the ball harder than Mantle, but no one was faster than Mantle until his final few ...

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