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Consecutive Games with an RBI by a Shortstop

Posted by Raphy on July 2, 2009

Last night Hanley Ramirez knocked in a run for the tenth consecutive game.  According to the linked article, this is the longest streak for a National League shortstop since RBI became an official statistic in 1920. Here are the longest streaks by shortstops in both leagues since 1954:

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  SO   BB   SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Carlos Guillen     2007-06-16  2007-06-28    11     35   11   16   3   0   4   17    3    5    1   1  .457  .500  .886 1.386 DET

 Hanley Ramirez     2009-06-21  2009-07-01    10     40   10   19   5   0   5   24    3    4    3   2  .475  .523  .975 1.498 FLA
 Alex Rodriguez     2001-07-30  2001-08-09    10     46   11   15   1   0   5   15   12    2    1   0  .326  .347  .674 1.021 TEX

 Miguel Tejada      2005-04-08  2005-04-17     9     39   10   16   4   1   3   18    6    3    0   0  .410  .442  .795 1.237 BAL
 Derek Jeter        2004-05-23  2004-06-02     9     44    9   18   7   0   4   12    9    0    2   0  .409  .435  .841 1.276 NYY

 Miguel Tejada      2002-08-03  2002-08-11     8     36    4   11   1   0   3   12    4    2    0   0  .306  .350  .583  .933 OAK
 Miguel Tejada      2002-07-17  2002-07-25     8     37    6   11   1   0   5   10    5    0    0   0  .297  .316  .730 1.046 OAK
 Miguel Tejada      2001-09-08  2001-09-22     8     30    9   12   1   0   3   12    2    4    1   1  .400  .457  .733 1.190 OAK
 Carlos Guillen     2000-07-19  2000-08-08     8     34    8   16   3   0   1    8    2    2    0   1  .471  .500  .647 1.147 SEA
 Rich Aurilia       2000-07-01  2000-07-09     8     30    4   13   0   0   2   11    7    1    0   0  .433  .452  .633 1.085 SFG
 Nomar Garciaparra  1998-07-25  1998-08-02     8     33   11   15   1   0   5   17    3    2    0   0  .455  .472  .939 1.411 BOS
 Dale Sveum         1987-04-09  1987-04-17     8     30    7   14   5   0   1   10    4    5    0   1  .467  .543  .733 1.276 MIL
 Billy Grabarkewit  1970-05-03  1970-06-24     8     33   12   12   4   1   1   13   10    4    0   1  .364  .436  .636 1.072 LAD                        

Miguel Tejada is really well represented here.

What  about other positions? Here are the leaders since 1954:

 Position  Leader            StreakStart  Streak End Games    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  SO   BB   SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Pitcher   Carlos Zambrano    2008-07-19  2008-08-26     8     19    4    8   2   0   3    8    4    0    0   0  .421  .421 1.000 1.421 CHC
 Catcher   Mike Piazza        2000-06-14  2000-07-02    15     63   14   22   3   0   8   28    9    4    0   0  .349  .388  .778 1.166 NYM
 1B        Bob Watson         1978-06-24  1978-07-03    11     38    4   17   4   0   1   13    2    5    2   0  .447  .489  .632 1.121 HOU
 2B        Jorge Cantu        2005-09-19  2006-04-05    11     41    7   13   1   0   4   16    3    1    0   0  .317  .304  .634  .938 TBD
           Frank White        1983-06-10  1983-06-22    11     42    4   10   3   0   1   13    3    1    3   0  .238  .239  .381  .620 KCR
 3B        Jorge Cantu        2008-05-30  2008-06-10    11     47    9   17   5   0   5   13    5    0    0   0  .362  .360  .787 1.147 FLA
           Doug DeCinces      1978-09-22  1979-04-06    11     41    7   15   3   0   4   14    5    4    1   0  .366  .422  .732 1.154 BAL
 SS        Carlos Guillen     2007-06-16  2007-06-28    11     35   11   16   3   0   4   17    3    5    1   1  .457  .500  .886 1.386 DET
 LF        Cliff Floyd        2000-09-21  2001-04-09    14     49   16   22   5   0   6   24    8    9    2   0  .449  .532  .918 1.450 FLA
 CF        Kirby Puckett      1988-09-15  1988-09-25    11     48   10   23   6   0   1   15    7    1    0   2  .479  .480  .667 1.147 MIN
           Andy Van Slyke     1988-06-09  1988-06-20    11     41    7   16   3   2   2   16    9    5    1   0  .390  .420  .707 1.127 PIT
           Ron LeFlore        1979-09-07  1979-09-30    11     43   10   18   2   2   4   13   11    2    8   1  .419  .444  .837 1.281 DET
 RF        Larry Parrish      1984-06-10  1984-06-20    11     40   10   16   4   0   5   18    9    4    1   1  .400  .457  .875 1.332 TEX
           Gary Woods         1980-09-05  1980-10-02    11     40    7   16   3   0   2   14    4    2    1   0  .400  .429  .625 1.054 HOU     
 DH        Mike Sweeney       1999-06-08  1999-07-04    11     46   12   22   5   0   3   18    4    4    1   0  .478  .528  .783 1.311 KCR

Jorge Cantu - RBI machine?!?

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7 Responses to “Consecutive Games with an RBI by a Shortstop”

  1. ImAShark Says:

    For those of you who care, the all-time (pre-1954) record is 17 games, set by Oscar Grimes in 1922.

  2. JohnnyTwisto Says:

    Oscar Grimes was 7 years old in 1922. Maybe Ray Grimes? Either way, it's pretty shocking that such a record would be held by someone I've never heard of.

    How odd that the record at most positions is 11 games.

    And surprising that a catcher would have the post-'54 record, though of course positional generalities don't mean much when you talk about individuals.

  3. RedDawg5357 Says:

    Zambrano is actually 6 games. He came in during one game during that "streak" as a pinch hitter or whatever. For the games that he started, then yes it is 8 games.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/gl.cgi?n1=zambrca01&t=b&year=2008

  4. BunnyWrangler Says:

    Wow, look at those OPS's - everyone posted an OPS of .933 or above during his streak except for Frank White, who managed his streak with a .620 O[S.

    So can one of these streaks be broken by merely playing a different position? For example, could Parrish have gotten an RBI in a twelfth straight game but lost his streak by doing it at third base? Or would the streak remain intact but not continue, because the RBI came at a different position?

  5. BunnyWrangler Says:

    Actually, now that I looked more closely, Frank White's .620 OPS is made even more anomalous by the fact that all of the record-holders (save for White, of course) not only managed an OPS better than .933 but also posted a slugging percentage higher than White;s on-base percentage added to his slugging percentage.

  6. I was just going by what Baseball Library said. Please don't mock me in such a way.

  7. JohnnyTwisto Says:

    If you're serious, I wasn't mocking you at all.