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Xander Bogaerts hits 1,000th basehit in Major League

BOSTON, Massachusetts (USA) - Xander Bogaerts, short stop of Boston Red Sox, has recorded his 1,000th Major League-basehit on Saturday-evening (September 7). On August 14, Bogaerts hit the 100th homerun in his career.

...Xander Bogaerts during the 2017 World Baseball Classic...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
In the home-game against New York Yankees, Bogaerts hit the ball through the rightside of the infield with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning off of J.A. Happ to reach the milestone in his career. New York won the game with a 5-1 score. With his basehit, the Aruban-born infielder, became only the third player in the Red Sox-history to reach the 1,000 basehit-mark before turning 27. The others are Tris Speaker and Bobby Doerr. Bogaerts turns 27 on October 1.

Xander Bogaerts was signed by Boston on August 23, 2009. He made his professional debut in 2010 when he played in 63 games for the Red Sox-team in the Dominican Summer League (Rookie League), hitting .314.

In the following seasons, Bogaerts promoted annually. He played in Single-A in 2011, then in Double-A in 2012. Bogaerts also played in Double-A in 2013, but promoted to Pawtucket Red Sox, the Triple-A team, in June. On August 19, 2013, his contract was selected by the Major League-club. The next day, Bogaerts made his Major League-debut at age 20. He went on to play in 18 games, hitting .250.

Since then, Bogaerts has played in the Major League with his offensive statistics improving almost annually. He scored his most runs in 2016 with 115. In the same season, he also recorded his most basehits with 196.

So far this season, Bogaerts has scored 102 runs and had 167 basehits. The Aruban player has career-highs with 49 doubles, 31 homeruns and 105 runs batted in. With his 49 doubles, Bogaerts leads the Major League. Before Saturday's game, he batted .309. The only other time, he finished the season with a batting average above .300 was in 2015 when he batted .320.

Bogaerts was selected for the All Star Game in 2016 and this season. He won the World Series with Boston in 2013 and 2018.

There are 32 players in Major League-history with 3,000 basehits in their career. Amongst them is one active player, Albert Pujols (Los Angeles Angels). The list is headed by Pete Rose, who collected 4,256 basehits in his impressive career. He is one of only two players with more than 4,000 basehits. The other is Ty Cobb, who has 4,189.

In the first week of the season, Bogaerts signed a new 6-year contract-extension with Boston with a value of 120 million Dollars.

Before reaching the Major League, Bogaerts was a member of the Netherlands Team that captured the title at the 2011 World Championship in Panama. In 2013 and 2017, he reached the Semi-Final of the World Baseball Classic with the Netherlands.

(September 7)

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