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Top 2007 Hitting Streaks
by Richard Van Zandt, BaseballEvolution.com
June 3, 2007

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Some general, rambling information you may or may not know about hitting streaks so far in 2007. 


Who has the longest hitting streak in professional baseball so far in 2007? Mitch Hilligoss - 38 games – This is an ACTIVE STREAK!


Yes, Mitch Hilligoss of the Class A Charleston River Dogs is currently riding a 38 game hit streak.  He recently broke the South Atlantic League record held formerly by Scott Seabol at 35 games and on Friday he went 1-for-5 to earn himself a tie for the 13th longest streak in minor league baseball history.  Charleston was rained out and did not play on Saturday.


Currently the second longest hitting streak in pro baseball belongs to...Brandon Watson.  The Columbus Clippers (AAA) OF is currently riding a 30-game streak after going 2-for-5 on Saturday.


Hitting Streak Trivia - Can you name the player with the longest hitting streak in minor league history? How about the second longest?  (answer below)


The longest hitting streak in the majors this year belongs to Ichiro Suzuki who on Friday broke the Seattle Mariners team record formerly held by Joey Cora with a hit in his 25th straight game.  That streak ended Saturday in Texas but for Ichiro it was the fifth streak of 20 games or longer of his major league career and also gave him six of the top 10 hitting streaks in Mariner history.


Top Ten Hitting Streaks – 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

10t. Phil Bradley

19

1986

10t. Ichiro Suzuki

19

2003


Ironically as Ichiro was passing Cora for the team record on Friday, Hilligoss was extending his own streak to 38 games and in the process, moving himself ahead of Cora on the all-time minor league list.  Cora hit safely in 37 straight games for Las Vegas (PCL) in 1989.


Ichiro's 25-gamer surpassed the previous 2007 ML best streak of 23 games set by Torii Hunter (Apr. 11 - May 9).  Hunter is now tied for the second longest streak along with Kevin Youkilis who saw his own 23-gamer also come to an end on Saturday against New York. 


And once again with a twist of irony as those two streaks came to an end, the longest current active hitting streak in the majors fell upon Ichiro’s own teammate, Yuniesky Betancourt who has now hit safely in 14 straight games.   He went 1-for-3 in the win against the Rangers on Saturday as did fellow Mariner Raul Ibanez who extended his own streak to 10 straight.


Top 10 Major League Hitting Streaks – 2007 (through 6/2)

1

Ichiro Suzuki

25

AL

Sea

2

Kevin Youkilis

23

AL

Bos

2

Torii Hunter

23

AL

Min

4

Brandon Phillips

22

NL

Cin

5

Derek Jeter

20

AL

NYY

5

Alfonso Soriano

20

NL

ChC

5

Randy Winn

20

NL

SF

8

Derek Jeter

19

AL

NYY

8

J.J. Hardy

19

NL

Mil

10

Alex Rodriguez

18

AL

NYY

10

Edgar Renteria

18

NL

Atl


Hitting Streak Trivia Answer – Joe Wilhoit hit safely in 69 straight games for Wichita (WL) in 1919.  Wilhoit hit an astounding .505 (155-for-299) during his streak.  The second longest hitting streak in minor league history belongs to the Yankee Clipper himself, Joe DiMaggio who hit safely in 61 straight for the San Francisco Seals in 1933, eight years before he would set the major league standard of 56 straight.


Top 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)

5

Jack Ness

49

1915

Oakland (PCL)

5

Harry Chozen

49

1945

Mobile (SA)

7

Eddie Marshall

43

1935

Milwaukee (AA)

7

Orlando Moreno

43

1947

Louisville (AA)

7

Howie Bedell

43

1961

Big Springs (LHL)

10

Herbert Chapman

42

1950

Gadsden (SEL)

10

Jack Lelivelt

42

1945

Rochester (IL)

12

Frosty Kennedy

40

1953

Plainview (WT-NM)

13

Hubert Mason

38

1925

Binghampton (EL)

13

Mitch Hilligoss

38

2007

Charleston (SAL)

15

Joey Cora

37

1989

Las Vegas (PCL)

15

Bobby Trevino

37

1969

El Paso (TL)





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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