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Casey Kotchman sets defensive record for first basemen

Jun 4, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

Kotchman Mariners headshot.jpgI mentioned this in the recaps, but it deserves its own post: last night Casey Kotchman set the record for most consecutive defensive chances at first base without an error.  He’s at 2,008 after last night’s game.  The previous mark was Kevin Youkilis’ 2,002.  Youkilis still has the consecutive games streak at 238.  Kotchman has 230 straight error-free games.

It’s probably an open question whether Kotchman deserves to stick around to break the consecutive games record. He’s hitting .191/.273/.309.  For his career he’s a below-average major league hitter which makes him a profoundly substandard hitter for a first baseman.

Kudos on the defense, of course, but leather alone is not even a good reason to keep someone at shortstop anymore, let alone at first base.

  1. SouthofHeaven - Jun 4, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    Oh c’mon, let him stick around for nine more games to get that record. He’s a Marlin, for Christ’s sake, he needs to SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOARRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Grant - Jun 4, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    Casey Kotchmann has never played for the Marlins.

  3. Grant - Jun 4, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    Whoops. Kotchman.

  4. SouthofHeaven - Jun 4, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    Well there ya go. We’re both idiots :-D

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