Twins’ Donaldson scores majors’ 2 millionth run
Josh Donaldson of the Minnesota Twins scored the two millionth run in main league historical past Saturday, trotting house within the first inning on a ground-rule double by Nelson Cruz towards the Kansas Metropolis Royals.
The Elias Sports activities Bureau confirmed Donaldson touched the plate for the milestone mark. The previous American League MVP has scored 685 of these runs.
“I don’t know what to think. I’ll be honest with you,” Twins supervisor Rocco Baldelli stated. “But I know J.D. only does big things, so I’m not surprised to hear that he scored the 2 millionth run of all time.”
The buildup to No. 2,000,000 certainly didn’t equal the anticipation for the 1 millionth run. Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio and Stan Musial were among the stars who helped promote the chase, which also drew corporate sponsors for the countdown.
Bob Watson of the Houston Astros scored No. 1 million on May 4, 1975, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Moments later, Dave Concepcion of the Cincinnati Reds hit a home run and crossed the plate shortly after Watson.
Saturday’s milestone doesn’t embody Negro League totals, that are being included into MLB’s official statistics and can change when the two millionth run passed off. An identical state of affairs occurred with Watson’s millionth run, as that determine was based mostly on totals solely from the AL and NL, earlier than MLB later formally acknowledged different leagues, such because the Federal League and Union Affiliation.
The primary run ever recorded was on April 22, 1876, by Tim McGinley of the Boston Pink Stockings.
MLB additionally hit an enormous quantity final weekend when Seattle Mariners rookie catcher Jose Godoy turned the 20,000th participant in MLB historical past.
The Related Press contributed to this report.