Friday, May 27, 2016

DiMaggio's Streak Will Never Fall! 5/27/16

Hey baseball fans!

Jackie Bradley Jr. of the Boston Red Sox just had his hitting streak stopped at 29 games last night against the Rockies. With this streak stopped, let's take a look back at some historic hitting streaks since Joe DiMaggio's record-setting 56 consecutive games with at least one base hit.

Pete Rose came very close to breaking Willie Keeler's NL record for consecutive games with a hit, but only tied the record at 44 games in 1978. Rose had a chance to extend the streak against the Braves on August 1, but he went 0-4 with a strikeout in a 16-4 Atlanta drubbing of Rose's Reds.

Paul Molitor had a decent 39-game hitting streak going in 1987, but it came to an end on August 26, 1987 in interesting fashion. Molitor led off for the Milwaukee Brewers on that day against the Indians at home, but didn't have a hit through nine innings. However, the game remained tied at zero and went into extras. Molitor had a chance to be up in the bottom of the tenth, but pinch hitter Rick Manning hit a walk-off single to give the Brew Crew the win over Cleveland with Molitor warming up on deck. Brewers fans were very angry that Molitor couldn't extend his streak, but the Brewers star's 39-game hitting streak is the longest since Rose's 44-game hitting streak.

There are four players who have had 34-game hitting streaks in their careers, but the only one I want to mention is Dom DiMaggio's. If the last name doesn't sound familiar, Dom was Joe's brother and was an All Star for the Red Sox (ironically). Dom DiMaggio's hitting streak of 34 games could've been elongated, but Joe had to step in to preserve his record. On August 9, 1949, the Yankees and their DiMaggio rolled into Boston to face the Red Sox and their DiMaggio at Fenway Park. Dom had a good chance to continue his streak, but Joe robbed him of a hit with a spectacular catch in center field.

Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak will probably never be broken, but if there is one player who is currently playing in the MLB who has a chance at doing it, I'd say it's Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros. Who do you think could get a hit in 57 straight games? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

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