Manny Machado came close to Tony Gwynn’s mark for most hits in the first 30 games of the season

In the absence of Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado has been the offensive stronghold of the San Diego Padres in this first month of the 2022 MLB baseball season.

The Dominican infielder has had an excellent offensive momentum and with this he has fully entered the history of the franchise, collecting 43 hits in the first 30 games of the season.

This, according to the ESPN statistics department, places him in second place in this section, after the 45 hits made by the legendary Tony Gwynn, a member of the Cooperstown Hall of Fame, in the 1997 season.

Manny Machado’s 43 hits this season are the most by any Padres player through 30 games since Tony Gwynn had 45 through 30 games of 1997 (which tied his own franchise record initially set in 1992).

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 10, 2022

Machado, 29 years old, is the leading bat in the MLB with a .381 average, with 7 home runs and 21 RBIs in the 30 games he has played. He also leads in hits with 43.

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The Dominican has a guaranteed contract with the Padres until the 2028 campaign, so he will continue to have stability with the club. This season he will earn 32 million dollars in salary.

The Padres rank second in the NL West with a record of 19 and 11.