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Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak is widely considered one of the most enduring records in sports history. It’s right up there with Cy Young’s 511 wins, Ripken’s 2,632 consecutive games, Celtics’ eight consecutive NBA championships and Gretzky’s 2,857 career points.

The streak began on May 15, 1941. During the streak, he had a batting average of .408, 15 home runs and 55 runs batted in. The streak ended on July 16, 1941. In the process, he snapped “Wee Willie” Keeler’s 45-game hitting streak. On July 17th, Cleveland Indians pitchers, Al Smith and Jim Bagby held Joe hitless. He hit two hard shots, but Ken Keltner was flashing the leather at 3rd base that day, and it was all over.

When the streak ended, DiMaggio began a new one. This one lasted only 16 games. Over the span of both streaks, Joe hit safely in 72 of 73 games during that 1941 season.

It’s been just about seventy years since “The Yankee Clipper” achieved this remarkable feat. The only one to really challenge the record was Pete Rose in 1978, when he had a hit in 44 consecutive games. Just like everyone else who went after it, they all came up short (Molitor [39], Rollins [38], Castillo & Utley [35]). A person has to wonder if the record will ever be broken.

Hitting StreaksPlayers With At Least 1 Hit in At Least 30 Consecutive Games
Rank Year Name Team League Games
1. 1941 Joe DiMaggio (AL Record) New York AL 56
2. 1896-1897 Willie Keeler (NL Record) Baltimore NL 45
3. 1978 Pete Rose Cincinnati NL 44
4. 1894 Bill Dahlen Chicago NL 42
5. 1922 George Sisler St. Louis AL 41
6. 1911 Ty Cobb Detroit AL 40
7. 1987 Paul Molitor Milwaukee AL 39
8. 2005-2006 Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia NL 38
9. 1945 Tommy Holmes Boston NL 37
10. 1896-1897 Gene DeMontreville Washington NL 36

“Now this is over thirty years later and the guy said he was that cab driver (who drove DiMaggio to the game on July 17th). He apologized (for telling DiMaggio that he thought the streak would end that day) and he was serious. I felt awful. He might have been spending his whole life thinking he had jinxed me, but I told him he hadn’t. My number was up.” – Joe DiMaggio (more…)

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Derek Jeter has 2,892 career hits, which places him 108 hits from reaching 3,000. The New York Yankees have never had a player crack the 3,000-hit barrier in their uniform. That’s what makes this so special. They’ve had players in the past who reached the milestone (Dave Winfield, Rickey Henderson and Wade Boggs), but they weren’t career Yankees, and didn’t wear the pinstripes when they did it. Lou Gehrig was the closest player to 3,000, compiling 2,721 hits over 17 seasons.

When a player enters the 3,000 hit club, it’s thought of as a gauranteed spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The club has 27 members, but only 24 are eligible for the Hall of Fame right now. Pete Rose is ineligible for gambling on baseball games, while Craig Biggio and Rafael Palmeiro have been active within the past five seasons. Palmeiro will become eligible in 2011, while Biggio will have to wait until 2013. With Rafael being linked to steroids, it’s highly unlikely he will get in.

For Derek, it will just be another accolade to add to his résumé. He doesn’t need to break this barrier to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but it’s just one of those very special moments in a player’s career. With only 34 games left in the season, Derek won’t be breaking the record this year.

The watch has already started, but it won’t end until early next season.

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Think of all the Yankees history and name off the top 5 players that come to mind. Surely the first name out of anyone’s mouth is Babe Ruth, though after that, the list is slightly up for debate. In no order I have Gehrig, Mantle, DiMaggio and Berra. However, I and most Yankees fans soon will likely have Derek Jeter in that list. It may sound a little like heresy, but it is true. For the sake of argument, I am assuming that Derek will play 4 more  years before retiring, if not more.

At this moment, Derek is in the top 5, or in striking distance, of most of the major offensive categories as a Yankee. If Derek plays another 4 seasons (which seems to be what most Yankees bloggers are guessing) and performing along with his career averages, Derek, barring any injuries, will likely lead the Yankees in the following categories: Games Played, At Bats, Runs, Hits, Doubles, Total Plate Appearances, Stolen Bases and likely will end with close to 5,000 total bases. (more…)

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Sources have indicated to Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune that Bud Selig will step down after the 2012 season. If this is true, then the next labor agreement, due in 2011, will likely be his high profile impact on the game of baseball will be.

Selig, in 1992 after Fay Vincent resigned became the defacto commissioner until being ‘voted’ in as commissioner in 1998. During his time, Selig will be known for a laundry list of things, some good, some bad. How his legacy after 2012 portrays him, who knows as he still has 3 seasons left to change a few things.

During his tenure, before the 1994 season, Selig realigned the American and National league into three divisions each and instituted the Wild Card playoff berth for both leagues. However, in 1994, baseball for the first time since 1904 did not hold a World Series which was canceled due to the work stoppage. Before baseball would officially recover from the strike, Selig instituted interleague baseball during the summer of 1997, which still stands today with great success.

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     Selena Roberts new book, “A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez” will be released earlier then expected. They moved the publication date up from May 19 to April 14. When the news starts to die down..this book will just generate more headlines. This will probably be much worse then Joe Torre’s book. The demand for this book is going to go up after the recent news about Alex.

   This isn’t good for Alex…actually it’s not going to be good for anyone. This will just be one of the many upcoming distractions this season.

Andreadis said Sports Illustrated’s story last weekend “was just the tip of the iceberg” and said the book “will talk about his private life, every facet of Alex Rodriguez’ life … Personal, private, this is going to be a very exhaustive biography.”

We wanted to move it up as soon as possible to get it out there,” said Tina Andreadis, a spokeswoman for the publisher who promised “a lot, a lot, a lot, a lot of new information.”

“Are there going to be things he doesn’t like in the book?” Roberts said. “Probably with any book you would have that. I’m still reporting several issues right now.”

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