Bo Bichette doesn’t even have one full season at the big league level under his belt, but he continues to topple records set by legends of the game. The 23-year-old Toronto Blue Jays shortstop hasn’t cracked 100 career MLB games yet, but he’s already racking up quite the resume.
With another clutch performance during the Blue Jays’ dramatic 5-4 walk-off win over the Yankees on Wednesday afternoon, Bichette added another notch to his belt.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 14, 2021
Not only is he setting Blue Jays franchise records, he’s matched and broken some long-standing MLB records held by the most prestigious hitters in history. These are all the Blue Jays and MLB records Bichette has tied or broken so far.
1. Tied Joe DiMaggio for most multi extra-base hit games in his first 87 games
On Wednesday afternoon, Bichette clubbed a pair of home runs, which was his third multi extra-base hit game of the season. That gave him 14 for his career, which tied Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio for the most multi extra-base hits through a hitter’s first 87 games.
2. Fastest Blue Jay to 100 career hits
During opening weekend against the Yankees, Bichette secured his 100th career hit, making him the fastest Blue Jays player to reach 100 career hits. It only took Bichette 78 games to join the “century club”.
3. The only MLB hitter with 15 extra-base hits in his first 15 games
Bichette made his MLB debut on July 29, 2019, and he embodied the term “hit the ground running.” By the time he wrapped his first series against the Kansas City Royals, he already had his first extra-base hit. Then he just kept on going.
Over the next 14 games, Bichette amassed an additional 14 extra-base hits, setting a new MLB record for 15 extra-base hits in his first 15 career games.
4. Tied Ted Williams with a nine-game extra-base hit streak as a rookie
Any time a hitter gets mentioned in the same breath as “Teddy Ballgame,” it’s the ultimate honour. It took 80 years, but Bichette tied Ted Williams by hitting an extra-base hit in nine consecutive games.
Williams debuted as a rookie with the Boston Red Sox in 1939 and collected an extra-base hit in his first nine games. 80 years later, Bichette did the same as a rookie with the Blue Jays.
5. MLB record with a double in nine consecutive games
With the team well out of contention in the second half of 2019, the most exciting thing for Blue Jays fans to witness was Bichette’s “double watch.” He did the unthinkable, recording a double in nine straight games, setting a new MLB record.
6. Longest on-base streak to begin a Blue Jays career
Bichette isn’t revered for his plate discipline – he’s more of a “grip it and rip it” kind of guy, but he takes his walks when he needs to. He supplemented his torrid hitting streak in August 2019 with a bunch of walks to put together a 17-game on-base streak to start his MLB career.
Here, Bichette surpassed Ted Williams (who “only” had a 15-game on-base streak to start his illustrious career). The MLB record belongs to current Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, who kicked off his career with a run of 24 games getting on base.
7. Franchise record for most home runs through first 80 games
Last week, Bichette toppled yet another Blue Jays franchise record when he hit the 18th home run of his Blue Jays career. He’s the fastest Blue Jays hitter to reach that mark (which took only 80 games) surpassing Fred McGriff, who held the previous record with 16 home runs in his first 80 games.