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Top 2007 Hitting Streaks v 1.2
by Richard Van Zandt, BaseballEvolution.com
June 16, 2007

Two weeks ago I took a look at some of the top hitting streaks in professional baseball.  Two weeks later, it’s worth taking another quick look.

What drew my attention a couple weeks ago was the active streak of minor leaguer Mitch Hilligoss who at the time had hit safely in 38 straight games for the Class-A Charleston River Dogs to break the South Atlantic League record and tie himself for 14th longest hit streak in minor league history.  Hilligoss’ streak would end that next day but such was not the case with Columbus Clippers (AAA) outfielder Brandon Watson who at the time had extended his own streak to 30 straight games. 

After collecting his fourth consecutive multi-hit game on Saturday, Watson has now hit safely in 42 straight games to tie the International League record set 95 years ago by Jack Lelivelt.  The 42 games also ties Watson with Lelivelt and Herbert Chapman for the 11th longest hitting streak in minor league baseball history and is the longest streak in the minors since Howie Bedell hit safely in 43 straight for Big Springs (LHL) in 1961.

Top 15 Minor League Hitting Streaks All-Time

1

Joe Wilhoit

69

1919

Wichita (WL)

2

Joe DiMaggio

61

1933

San Francisco (PCL)

3

Roman Mejias

55

1954

Waco (BSL)

4

Otto Pahlman

50

1922

Danville (Ill)

5t

Jack Ness

49

1915

Oakland (PCL)

5t

Harry Chozen

49

1945

Mobile (SA)

7

Johnny Bates

46

1925

Nashville (SA)

8t

Eddie Marshall

43

1935

Milwaukee (AA)

8t

Orlando Moreno

43

1947

Louisville (AA)

8t

Howie Bedell

43

1961

Big Springs (LHL)

11t

Jack Lelivelt

42

1912

Rochester (IL)

11t

Herbert Chapman

42

1950

Gadsden (SEL)

11t

Brandon Watson

42

2007

Columbus (IL)

14

Frosty Kennedy

40

1953

Plainview (WT-NM)

15t

Hubert Mason

38

1925

Binghampton (EL)

15t

Paul Owens

38

1951

Orleans (PONY)

15t

Mitch Hilligoss

38

2007

Charleston (SAL)

On the big league side, when I looked two weeks ago Ichiro Suzuki had just extended his streak to 25 straight games, the longest in the majors this year and the longest now in Seattle Mariner history.  Like Hilligoss, Ichiro’s streak would end the very next day which left his teammate Yuniesky Betancourt with the longest active streak in the majors at 15 games.  Betancourt would extend his streak to 20 games before he was done and that streak moved him into the top ten in Mariner history, bumping Ichiro’s 19-gamer from 2003. 

Top Ten Hitting Streaks in Seattle Mariner History

1

Ichiro Suzuki

25

2007

2

Joey Cora

24

1997

3

Ichiro Suzuki

23

2001

4t

Dan Meyer

21

1979

4t

Richie Zisk

21

1982

4t

Ichiro Suzuki

21

2001

4t

Ichiro Suzuki

21

2004

8t

Alex Rodriguez

20

1996

8t

Ichiro Suzuki

20

2006

8t

Yuniesky Betancourt

20

2007

Then again, after collecting his major league leading 32nd multi-hit game of the season on Saturday, Ichiro has now hit safely in 12 straight games.  Look out Yuniesky.


That’s not the longest current streak in the majors, of course.  After going 1-for-4 on Saturday, the Indians Casey Blake has now tied Ichiro for the longest streak in the majors this season at 25 straight games.  It also moved him past Matt Williams – who hit safely in 24 straight back in 1997 – for the 8th longest streak in Cleveland Indians history and is the longest streak by any Cleveland player since Sandy Alomar Jr. hit safely in 30 straight, also in ’97.  The Indians club record of 31 straight games was set by Napoleon Lajoie in 1906, 101-years ago. 

Top Ten Hitting Streaks in Cleveland Indians History

1

Napoleon Lajoie

31

1906

2

Sandy Alomar Jr.

30

1997

3

Bill Bradley

29

1902

4t

Joe Jackson

28

1911

4t

Hal Trosky

28

1936

6

Dale Mitchell

27

1953

7

Harry Bay

26

1902

8

Casey Blake

25

2007

9

Matt Williams

24

1997

10t

Five Players Tied

23

1923

Following Blake, the second longest active hit streak in the majors belongs to David Wright who has hit safely in 17 straight games following his 1-for-5 in the Mets 11-8 loss to the Yankees on Saturday.  Wright of course hit safely in the first 14 games of the season to give him a two-year, 26-game streak.

Top Ten 2007 Major League Hitting Streaks (through 6/16)

1t

Casey Blake

25

AL

Cle

1t

Ichiro Suzuki

25

AL

Sea

3t

Kevin Youkilis

23

AL

Bos

3t

Torii Hunter

23

AL

Min

5

Brandon Phillips

22

NL

Cin

6t

Derek Jeter

20

AL

NYY

6t

Yuniesky Betancourt

20

AL

Sea

6t

Alfonso Soriano

20

NL

ChC

6t

Randy Winn

20

NL

SF

10t

Derek Jeter

19

AL

NYY

10t

J.J. Hardy

19

NL

Mil





Disagree with something? Got something to add? Wanna bring up something totally new? Richard resides in San Francisco, California and can be reached at richard@baseballevolution.com.

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