Dan Uggla's hitting streak came to an end today at 33 games. Never in anybody's wildest dreams would Dan Uggla's name surface as the guy who would eclipse the Atlanta Braves all-time hitting streak mark and claim it as his own. Baseball surely is a funny game, and the following nine guys, to be completely honest, had no business hitting in 30 straight games. Seeing is believing, and these guys pulled it off.
You will see another catcher on here that it almost seems improbable that he could put a streak together like this because of the position, but Santiago did it in 1987. This was a year where he set a career high in hits, doubles and average. He was known more from throwing potential base runners out from his knees than using the lumber at the plate.
Dan Uggla’s hitting streak is improbable for this reason: He has a .263 career batting average and is prone to striking out. Most hitting streaks are accomplished by guys who make consistent contact (Stan Musial, Joe DiMaggio, Pete Rose) and have some pop in their bat but not necessarily consistent raw power. Uggla is known as a guy who can hit the ball out of the ballpark and a guy who strikes out quite a bit, which is what makes this streak very unique.
1996 was Hal Morris’s career year. He set a career high in hits, runs batted in and walks. He wasn’t your prototypical first baseman, as he never hit more than 16 home runs. Still, in 1996, he was able to string together hits in 32 consecutive games to put his name on the map.
Landreaux was a career .268 hitter. In 1979, he amassed 172 hits. The closest he would come to that number again was the following year in which he collected 136. Landreaux wasn’t a power hitter by any means and rarely struck out, but he could run, as evident with his 11 triples in 1980. Landreaux’s career wasn’t anything spectacular, but he did put his name in the record books in 1980.
What makes this streak amazing to me is the pitches Vlad swings at. Simple math tells you it is a 50/50 chance of hitting the ball, but with what Guerrero sometimes swings at, that number could quickly drop to 10/90 or even less. Still, Guerrero found ways to get it done for the Expos in 1999 and is still doing some of that today.
The former rookie of the year for the Cubs was destined for greatness. He had a career year right off the shoot, which included the 30 game streak in 1989. His career quickly headed downhill after that, and he never recovered the magic he had in his rookie season.
A career .269 hitter, most people probably associate Davis with the Reds in the early 1990’s. The streak, though, took place while with the Orioles. He was coming off a down year with the Orioles in 1997 after having a solid year for the Reds the year before. His 199 campaign saw him set career high in hits and batting average. Everything came together at the right time for Davis, as this was his swan song, and he didn’t post numbers close to this again.
Taveras' coming out party was in 2006. He set career highs in doubles, triples and rbi’s. He also helped lead the Astros to their only World Series appearance. After this season, Taveras couldn’t duplicate the magic he found in 2006 and quickly fell off the baseball map.
Again, it’s not often you see catchers with 30-plus game hitting streaks, but on this list, we have two (and neither of them are McCann or Mauer). Alomar, like Santiago, was known for his defense in his early days and became a very good hitter, as shown with his career .273 average. Like I stated with Santiago, the demands of the position and being able to beat out hits is really pretty amazing when you consider the bumps and bruises these guys take throughout a game. Well done, Mr. Alomar.