A pair of Braves teammates are MLB’s solely remaining ironmen.
In a time the place sturdiness is at an all-time low and accidents are at an all-time excessive, it’s a shock that any gamers in Main League Baseball are in a position to accomplish an more and more uncommon feat: showing in all 162 contests in the course of the common season.
In 2022, simply two gamers in the whole league had been in a position to accomplish this feat and so they occur to be part of the identical on a regular basis infield for the Atlanta Braves.
Shortstop Dansby Swanson and first baseman Matt Olson are the one two gamers within the league that performed in all 162 video games of this yr’s common season.
Swanson, 28, made his first profession All-Star Sport look and had fairly the offensive resurgence; hitting 25 dwelling runs, driving in 96 runs and posting a career-high 115 OPS+ after having a little bit of down yr final season.
Olson, additionally 28, gave the Braves precisely what they had been hoping for out of Freddie Freeman’s replacement at first base. The large left-handed slugger hit 34 dwelling runs, drove in 103 and posted a 122 OPS+. He, like Swanson, led his respective league in video games performed for the second time this yr.
Solely two gamers seem in all 162 video games and so they’re Braves teammates
That is the second consecutive season the place solely two gamers managed to play in each single sport of the common season.
Final yr, it was Royals infielder Whit Merrifield and Blue Jays infielder Marcus Semien who achieved the feat. In 2019, the newest full season earlier than 2021, a whopping 5 gamers managed to tug this one off, together with Merrifield and outfielder Jorge Soler, who had been additionally teammates on the Royals. Infielders Jonathan Villar (Orioles), Starlin Castro (Marlins) and Marcus Semien (Athletics) additionally did it that season.
As uncommon as incomes the “ironman” title in baseball is changing into, it’s put into a complete new perspective when one seems to be at what number of pairs teammates had been in a position to accomplish the feat in recent times. In truth, since 2003, solely 8 pairs of teammates have been in a position to pull it off:
2022: Atlanta Braves infielders Matt Olson and Dansby Swanson
2019: Kansas Metropolis Royals infielder Whit Merrifield and outfielder Jorge Soler
2018: Atlanta Braves infielder Freddie Freeman and outfielder Nick Markakis
2017: Kansas Metropolis Royals infielders Eric Hosmer and Alcides Escobar
2008: Seattle Mariners outfielders Ichiro Suzuki and Raúl Ibañez
2006: Texas Rangers infielders Mark Teixeira and Michael Younger
2005: Ichiro and Raúl Ibañez once more, in addition to New York Yankees Hideki Matsui and Alex Rodriguez
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