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The ‘Say Hey Kid’ – after all these years – is still saying things that make you go, ‘Hey.’

Willie Mays offered a fantastic take on having 10 more hits added to his overall statistics. That was made possible by Major League Baseball (MLB) adding stats from the historical Negro League to its own.

“So that’s a very good thing,” Mays said about the ten hits. “It must be some kind of record for a 93-year-old.”

Ya gotta love it.

Mays got 3,283 hits during his 23 seasons playing mostly with the New York/San Francisco Giants. That number jumped up to 3,293 after MLB made the huge announcement.

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Willie Mays Gets 10 More Hits After Negro League Stats Added

Bounding Into Sports reported last week that MLB had finally, after declaring the Negro Leagues a major league in 2020, decided to integrate statistics into the record books.

Mays, who joined the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro American League in 1948, had the 10 hits added to his total. He remains at number 12 on the all-time hits list.

“That was the top of the world. Man, I was so proud to play with those guys,” he said of his time with the Barons.

Mays wasn’t necessarily known for having a big bat at the time. Rather, he impressed scouts for major league teams with his defense and base running.

He went on to become one of the most prolific home run hitters in baseball history, belting 660 dingers.

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Glad Players Are Getting Credit

The biggest news coming out of MLB’s decision to integrate Negro League statistics is that Josh Gibson, known as the “Black Babe Ruth,” is now officially recognized as MLB’s all-time career leader in batting average at .372.

That puts him ahead of “The Georgia Peach” Ty Cobb who hit .366.

Gibson also jumps ahead of Babe himself. He had a .718 slugging percentage and hits number three for on-base percentage, only behind Ruth and Ted Williams.

The guy could rake.

“I’m glad that all the guys who played are getting credit for their hits because those pitchers were good,” Mays said.

He went on to thank people who were in his life back when he played for the Barons and express appreciation for the statistical move.

“I’m very grateful to all the people who looked out for me back then, and to MLB for going back and making sure we got credit for those years,” he said.

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