Tigers' Jackson hits another milestone
DETROIT -- Austin Jackson has been setting new standards for Tigers rookies for much of the summer. His leadoff single and run in the first inning Monday against the White Sox put him in a new class among Major League rookies.
Until Monday, just six big leaguers since 1960 had posted 160 hits, 90 runs, 30 doubles and 20 stolen bases in their rookie seasons. Jackson just joined the club. Considering the other six ended up as multi-time All-Stars, it's pretty good company.
The last rookie to do it before Jackson was Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez in 2006. The only other player in the last decade to pull it off was Ichiro Suzuki in 2001, and the only player in the 1990s to reach the feat was Nomar Garciaparra in 1997. The other three were Devon White (1987), Juan Samuel (1984) and Ryne Sandberg (1982).
Just two Tigers -- Barney McCosky in 1939 and Roy Johnson in 1929 -- have hit those marks in their first Major League seasons, according to research on baseball-reference.com.