Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Olson has had a pretty solid season with Atlanta so far this year. The former 2021 All-Star has found a new home, and the Atlanta Braves picked him up this past offseason.
Olson, who joined the league in 2016, spent his entire career in an Oakland Athletics jersey before being traded to the Atlanta Braves last winter. He was a solid and dependable player for them until he exploded in 2021 and had an amazing year hitting .271 with 39 homers and 35 doubles in the year.
Although Olson has only had eight home runs so far this year, he still puts up good overall stats, hitting .251 with .805 OPS. However, he leads all of Major League Baseball in doubles, with 27 in just 67 games he’s played with the Atlanta Braves.
Matt Olson is currently on track to hit 65 doubles this season, absolutely breaking the Atlanta Braves’ previous doubles record of 51 in a single season, set by Hugh Duffy in 1894 when the Braves were still around would In Boston.
If he continued at this pace, he would have the most doubles in a single season since Nick Castellano’s 58 in 2019 and would be the first player ever to have surpassed 60 doubles in modern times. Olson would also be just two away from Major League Baseball’s record of doubles in a single season of 67, set in 1933 by Earl Webb of the Boston Red Sox.
Matt Olson could make history in his first season with the Atlanta Braves, and Braves fans are excited for what’s to come. Fans have even given him nicknames based on this performance.
Atlanta Braves fans are excited for what Olson could possibly do this season. That’s what the fans had to say.
Matt Olson on track to break doubles record, Atlanta Braves fans have mixed reactions
While many Atlanta Braves fans are happy to see Olson in this position, they’re still a little disappointed with the lack of home runs he’s hit. He’s only got eight this year and from 39 last season seems to be short of that.
However, there are still fans who are happy that he is doing well and hope he keeps it up.
Matt Olson is on course for what could be a historic season and could potentially become the first player to surpass 60 doubles since the 1930s. It will be exciting to see what Olson can accomplish for the Atlanta Braves this season.
Edited by Jodi Whisenhunt
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