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Minutiae Break: Double Your Pleasure

In honor of the Mets reaching the 10,000 doubles milestone on Friday, we present the following tidbits...

* Ed Kranepool holds the all-time club record for career doubles with 225 (one was a walk-off). Bernard Gilkey set the Mets single-season record for doubles with 44 in 1996.

* The Mets have had 25 walk-off doubles (by my count, I've written about 9 of them). Of those, 16 have driven in one run, seven have driven in two runs, one has driven in two, and had the other score on an error, and one has driven in three runs.

* Among Mets pitchers, Ron Darling had the most career doubles- 20. Darling (1987) and Rick Reed (1997) share the mark for most in a single season.

* Choo Choo Coleman went double-less in 277 plate appearances in 1963, the most double-less performance by any Mets player in a season. Pat Zachry had no doubles in 252 career plate appearances for the Mets, the worst double-less performance by a player in his Mets tenure (Jeff Duncan was worst among position players, with 183 plate appearances).

* Four Mets (technically five if you include Endy Chavez) can say that their only Mets hit was a double- Ross Jones, Brook Fordyce, Mike Bishop and Jack Aker.


Best Mets doubles ever (top 10, no order)
1. Ron Swoboda, Game 5, 1969 WS, wins the first world championship.
2. Wayne Garrett, Game 5, 1973 NLCS, starts winning fifth-inning rally.
3. Rusty Staub, second game of DH, Oct. 2, 1983. Ends season on high note with two RBIs for sweep and 68th win, most since 1976.
4. Tommie Agee, Sept. 8, 1969. Doubles to lead off sixth, purely on hustle. Scores winning run in pivotal 3-2 win over Cubs.
5. Buddy Harrelson, Game 2 of '73 WS. 12th inning double starts winning rally.
6. Bruce Boisclair. April 27, 1976. Two outs, bottom of the ninth, Mets down 5-4. Boisclair's two-run double stings the Braves' Pablo Torrealba to give the Mets the 6-5 win.
7. Tim Teufel, April 21, 1986. Mets get a dramatic 6-5 win over Pirates. Homer by Knight and single by Carter are best remembered, but it is the Teufel double that ties it in the bottom of the ninth before Carter's single.
8. Gary Gentry, Game 3, 1969 WS. You had to know it was a miracle in progress when he drove in two on a double off Jim Palmer.
9. Darryl Strawberry, Sept. 6, 1985. Gooden vs. Valenzuela battle to zeroes through 9. In the 13th, with two on and two out, Strawberry wins it on a two-run double off Tom Niedenfuer (who would become a Met whipping boy).
10. Todd Zeile, Game 5, 2000 NLCS. Fourth inning, Mets up 3-0, bases loaded. Zeile's double clears the bases and Mets fans go so wild that the entire upper deck at Shea rocks back and forth.
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