FINAL – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season
Well friends, the 2012 MLB season is in the books so it is time for a peek at the milestones that I was hoping would occur during the season.
Let’s take a look and see how we did, shall we??
Can Ichiro re-capture his ability to collect 200 hits in a season? If so, it will be the 11th time in his 12-year career that he reaches the mark.
Ichiro collected 177 hits in 2012, the lowest tally of his MLB career. Still, not too bad for a 38-year old role player.
Can Dan Uggla hit 30 or more home runs for the 6th straight season extending the record for a second baseman?
Uggla hit just 19 home runs in 2012, his lowest output in his career. Also the worst offensive season of his career, too.
Can Alex Rodriguez eclipse Willie Mays’ 660 career home runs? He currently rests at 629.
A-Rod hit just 18 home runs in 2012, leaving him with 647 for his career. The 18 is slightly higher than his 16 in 2011, but he played in 22 more games in 2012. 660 should be reached in 2013.
Can Albert Pujols reach the 500-HR plateau? He needs 55 home runs to reach the mark, and while he has never had a 50-HR season, he has a new ballpark to play in, the ability to play DH, and an entire new league of pitchers to feast on.
After the worst start in his majo league career, Pujols revereted back to his usual self in the second half of the season. He ended the year with 30 home runs and 475 for his career. 500 will come in 2013.
How long until Miguel Cabrera eclipses the 300-HR mark? He sits at 277 right now, but with Prince Fielder batting behind him, he may be close to this number by the All-Star break.
#300 has come and gone. Cabrera now has 321 and climbing!!
Roy Halladay needs just 12 wins to reach 200 for his career.
will have to play a big part to get it done.
The 2012 baseball season has not been kind to Roy Halladay or the Phillies. Halladay ends the 2012 season with 199 career wins. 200 will certainly be reached in April, 2013.
Tim Hudson needs 19 wins to reach 200 for his career, can he repeat some of the magic that he has had in years past?
Hudson had a very solid season in 2012. He went 16-7 and ended the year with 197 career victories. 200 should be surpassed by Hudson in May of 2013.
Ryan Braun has had five straight 100+ RBI seasons. Can he repeat this feat without Prince Fielder behind him in the Brewers line-up??
Bruan collected 112 RBI in 2012 making his 100+ RBI streak reach five straight seasons!! Can you say, MVP??
Tim Lincecum continues to mow down batters. He has five straight seasons of at least 200 or more strikeouts recorded. Will 2012 be year number six??
Lincecum fell 10 strikeouts short of 200, ending the 2012 season with 190 K’s. Far from bad, but far from what we had seen in the past from ‘The Freak’.
Alex Rodriguez needs just 107 RBI to move him into 4th place on the All-Time list with 2,000 for his career. A solid campaign could get him there.
A-Rod collected just 57 RBI in 2012. He currently rests with 1,950 career RBI. He should eclipse the 2,000-mark in 2013.
The 2012 MLB regular season was fantastic. We saw a lot of history made, and I am already looking forward to seeing what lies ahead for us in 2013.
Thanks for reading!!!