Conversely, the OOTP sim engine recognizes a hitting streak, if and when it reaches twenty games or more. It should be further noted that only a hand few of players have reached this plateau. In a league where pitchers are valued more than hitters (sometimes beyond reason), it is incredibly ironic that "official" hitting streaks are actually more rare than no-hitters. In league history, to date, there have been 27 hitting streaks of 20 games or more.
Here's some tidbits for my fellow numbers' junkies:
- 7 of our 27 hitting streaks, approximately 26%, have occurred in the Dominican Republic league.
- Lagunillas' Lupe Gonzales is the only player in hierarchy history to compile two separate hitting streaks (41 games in Venezuela and 31 games in the United States)
- Only 17 of the 26 hitters with hitting streaks are career .300 hitters.
- Cuba is the only league without a hitting streak of 20 games or more.
- The first recorded hitting streak ended on May 13, 2009; it was accomplished by Aurelio Blanco, a member of the Samsung Lions of Suwon.
- The last recorded hitting streak ended on September 7, 2015; it was accomplished by Jose Garriet, a member of the Pumas of Puerto Plata.
I invite your comments, questions, and suggestions for future blog entries.