Merrifield extends hitting streak to 30 games, tying Brett’s Royals record
Merrifield led off the bottom of the first inning with an opposite-field triple to right on Tuesday night against Seattle.
Merrifield ended last season with a hit in 20 straight games, and has gotten a hit in all 10 Royals games this year. He owns the longest streak in the majors since Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman had a 30-game string in 2016.
Whit Merrifield ties George Brett’s record for the longest @Royals hitting streak ever, extending the streak to 30 straight games with a leadoff triple.
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Brett had a 30-game streak for the Royals in 1980, the year he batted .390. The major league record is a 56-game hitting streak by Joe DiMaggio in 1941.
Merrifield’s streak is the longest multi-season string since Jimmy Rollins hit in 38 straight in 2005-06 for Philadelphia.
This is the 16th longest in American League history. Eric Davis was the last AL player to hit in 30 straight, doing it in 1998 for Baltimore.