1. Breaking all the postseason records in 2020
The 2020 season was one of the strangest in MLB history. The shortened schedule and expanded playoff field ended up making for some unpredictable baseball. Of all the wacky storylines in that almost-lost year of baseball, perhaps Randy Arozarena’s record-breaking postseason run was the wackiest.
The Rays’ 2020 American League winning team represented their franchise’s underdog spirit perfectly. There was no real superstore that the media could point to as the driving force behind the team, but rather a collection of players playing as a team. The team did not need a superstar, as it felt every game a different player had the chance to be the superstar.
Randy Arozarena was something of a relative unknown in baseball going into the 2020 postseason. He had performed well during the few games he played in the season and was known to have some potential as a prospect, but nobody could have expected what he achieved in the postseason.
Across the Rays’ four postseason series, Arozarena set the record for most hits (27), total bases (64), and most notably home runs (10) in a single postseason run. These records were all achieved before his official rookie season, making Randy Arozarena’s 2020 playoff run the best movie trailer ever. While there was disappointment to be had when the Rays eventually fell to the Dodgers, fans could hold their heads high, knowing they watched the birth of a superstar.