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Paul Goldschmidt extends hitting streak to 26 games

Apr 4, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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With an RBI single in the top of the eighth inning against Rockies reliever Chad Bettis on Friday, Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 26 consecutive games. Goldschmidt finished the 2013 season with hits in 19 consecutive games and has hit in seven consecutively to begin the 2014 season.

Last season, Rockies outfielder and NL batting champion Michael Cuddyer hit in 27 consecutive games between May 28 and June 30. Nationals center fielder Denard Span hit in 29 consecutively between August 17 and September 18. Luis Gonzalez holds the Diamondbacks record with hits in 30 consecutive games, accomplished between April 11 and May 18 in 1999. Only 55 players in Major League history have hit in 30 or more consecutive games, which is barely more than halfway to Joe DiMaggio’s record of 56 games.

  1. warpd - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Man, what a coincidence, June 38 is my birthday!

    • Bill Baer - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM

      haha, that’s one of my better typos.

  2. southofheaven81 - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    I dunno why nobody ever says this, but THE MOST unbreakable record is Ty Cobb hitting .400 3 times. No one will EVER do that again.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 5, 2014 at 4:20 AM

      Probably not, but topping Cy Young’s 511 victories is now impossible. Hardly anyone wins 20 games in a season nowadays, and 22 years of 23 wins will still leave you a bit short. And Rickey says that Rickey’s stolen base records are beyond the reach of mere mortals too.
      Predictions: The West Coast will have a massive earthquake, and someone will break Joe D’s 56 game streak. … Damn, my crystal ball was just about to tell me exactly when these are going to happen and I dropped it. Don’t you just hate when that happens?

      • anythingbutyanks - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:41 AM

        Both Cobb’s batting average and Young’s victories owe a lot to the way the game was played at the time. They are amazing achievements, and surpassed the others of their time, but aren’t achievable today largely because the game itself is different. Although I can see that a 56 game hitting streak may also slightly be a product of the time, it seems certain that it is possible in a away that the other records simply are not- which indicates to me, at least, that Joe D’s record is the more impressive one.

      • dillongeeescapeplan - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:33 AM

        Yeah, gotta keep in mind Cy Young *averaged* 41 starts per season over the course of his career. When’s the last time someone made 40+ starts in a season?

      • yahmule - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        Johnny Vander Meer’s record of back to back no-hitters is technically surpassable, but is unlikely to ever be matched.

      • sportsfan18 - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM

        Uh, Cy Young threw 749 COMPLETE games in his career.

        Pedro Martinez threw 46 complete games in his career.

        Greg Maddux threw 109 complete games in his career.

        Roger Clemens threw 118 complete games in his career.

        Randy Johnson threw 100 complete games in his career.

        Tom Seaver threw 231 complete games in his career.

        Adding up ALL the career complete games from Pedro, Maddux, Clemens, Johnson & Seaver combined only gets a total of 604 complete games.

        That is still well below Cy Young’s 749 complete games (another whole HOF pitching career of someone like Clemens, Maddux, Johnson etc…).

      • sportsfan18 - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        One other thing, here is another way to view Cy Young’s 749 career complete games…

        If a pitcher made 35 starts a season for almost 20 and a half consecutive seasons, he’d have to pitch a complete game in EVERY one of those 35 starts for OVER 20 straight seasons just to equal what Cy Young did.

        NOT gonna happen.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 5, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        Mule, I can imagine someone matching Vander Meer’s 2 no-nos in a row, but breaking that mark by pitching 3 straight no-hitters is unfathomable.
        Similarly, it’s hard to picture anyone topping Nolan Ryan’s 7 no-hitters, nor his career strikeout total, nor even the ML, AL and NL single season totals that he and Sandy Koufax amassed (383 and 382 respectively), not in today’s reality of fewer starts and far fewer complete games noted by others in this thread. Likewise, I don’t see anyone ever breaking Don Drysdale’s record of 6 straight CG shutouts.

    • cohnjusack - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      There are far more unbreakable records than that…most pitching records for example. I don’t really see anyone winning 59 games in a season, or throwing 680 innings ever again.

      ….but yes, 400 three times probably will never happen.

    • stupidusername - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      Because it’s a past about hitting streaks??

      • stupidusername - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:34 PM


      • southofheaven81 - Apr 8, 2014 at 8:41 PM

        Yes, and Ty Cobb HIT .400 3 times. I don’t think he did that with his glove.

  3. cohnjusack - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    My favorite fact about Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak.

    Over the course of those 56 games, DiMaggio hit a whopping .408/.463/.717

    …which still wasn’t as good as Ted Williams .406/.553/.735 over the course of the entire season.

  4. yahmule - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    In 2000, Juan Pierre had a 15 game hitting streak that was almost a slump at the same time. He batted .273 during the streak and .310 on the season.

  5. leothelyon - Apr 5, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Hey, what about those Texas Rangers last year? They pulled a guy out of the line-up that was batting .460 with 3 HRs, 3 DBLs in his last 10 games to allow some clown coming off a 50 game suspension to play instead. Oh, by the way, Cruz went 0-4 and they lost ending their season.

  6. bigleagues - Apr 5, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Goldschmidt had a 19-game hitting streak to end 2013.

    And he has a 7-game hitting streak to start 2014.

    There is no 26-game hitting streak. To say so is foolish and trivializes how difficult what DiMaggio and every other streak of note within the same season has done.

    Why are we always so desperate to witness history that we are willing to stretch the limits of common sense and logic to get there?

    C’mon people.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 5, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      Yes and no. There are two different records: overall streak, which applies in this case, and within one season, which applies to Goldschmidt’s 7 game streak.
      FWIW, Jimmy Rollins had a similar streak in 2005-06. 36 games at the end of his ’05 season, 2 more games in “06.

    • mrpinkca - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:59 AM

      If anything, I’d say the 6 months away from pro baseball is more of a detriment than a benefit. In my opinion (which does not have any experience outside of intra-murals) the benefit of the break (6 months of recovery) is outweighed by the cost of being away from major league pitching (rust).

      My “C’mon people” is that we’re talking about DiMaggio at 26 games.

  7. halfthemoney - Apr 5, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Cy Young, Ty Cobb and Joe D. played in eras when reliable stats weren’t available for sabermetricians to evaluate so they aren’t valid. Plus, counting stats and batting average don’t mean anything when proving the worth of a player.

    • mrpinkca - Apr 8, 2014 at 2:10 AM

      This some sort of false flag attack from the anti-SABR crowd, right? Tell me truthfully: are you actually Hawk Harrelson?

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