Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson scored the 2 millionth run in main league historical past on Saturday, crossing the plate on a double from Nelson Cruz throughout his recreation in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Royals. MLB entered 13 runs under the mark on Saturday, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Right here is the milestone race:
Whereas Elias and MLB will acknowledge Donaldson’s profession as quantity two million, it is price noting that not everybody agrees on that quantity. Baseball Reference, for instance, had its two millionth run a while in the past, as David Waldstein of the New York Instances defined:
One purpose for the discrepancy is that MLB originates from the 1876 Nationwide League season. It is plenty of baseball video games, and there have been debates about which leagues and years needs to be counted. There are additionally questions on protested video games, non-decisions and forfeitures. On occasion, current analysis reveals new executions and eliminates others.
Followers of a sure age will recall that the millionth run in MLB historical past was scored on Could four, 1975 by Bob Watson, then of the Houston Astros. Watson’s profession was handled as extra necessary than Donaldson’s, partly as a result of a nationwide advertising marketing campaign. As MLB.com famous final November:
The millionth race was sponsored by the candy Tootsie Roll, which awarded Watson a million of its chewy treats. Watson donated half of the sweet to the Boy Scouts of America and half to the Lady Scouts of America. The corporate additionally awarded him a million cents ($ 10,000), which he donated to charity. Watson additionally acquired a platinum watch from Seiko.
Additional fanfare or not, the irony is that Watson’s profession is now not acknowledged because the millionth in league historical past. Since then, MLB has elevated different leagues, together with the Federal League and the Union Affiliation, that means that Watson’s profession got here lengthy after the millionth actual profession in league historical past. (MLB approached the 2 million profession mark by recognizing the Negro Leagues in December.)
It’s potential that one thing comparable will occur with Donaldson’s profession for years to return. Nonetheless, for a day anyway, you may have a good time being part of historical past.