With a second-inning double off the Green Monster against the Rockies on Tuesday night, Jackie Bradley Jr. pulled halfway to history. The Red Sox outfielder extended his hitting streak to 28 games with that knock putting him halfway to Joe DiMaggio's Major League record of 56 games, set nearly 75
With a second-inning double off the Green Monster against the Rockies on Tuesday night, Jackie Bradley Jr. pulled halfway to history. The Red Sox outfielder extended his hitting streak to 28 games with that knock putting him halfway to Joe DiMaggio's Major League record of 56 games, set nearly 75 years ago.
DiMaggio's streak ran from May 15 through July 16, 1941.
To this day, the closest any hitter has come to replicating that feat is 44 games, which Pete Rose did for the Reds in 1978.
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And while Bradley has a ways to go to catch DiMaggio, when he extended his hitting streak to 28 games, he became just the 15th player since the turn of this century to get that far. Here's a look at other facts and figures regarding Bradley's pursuit of DiMaggio's record:
• Since DiMaggio's streak ended on July 15, 1941, 47 players have had hitting streaks of 28 games or better. Rose's 44 is the longest, while the White Sox Jimmy Rollins owns the longest streak among active players at 38, set from 2005-06 with the Phillies.
• In that span, the only player to record a hit in 28 or more consecutive games twice remains DiMaggio himself. After his record-setting streak in 1941, he went 34 straight games with at least one base hit from June 29 through Aug. 7, 1949.
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• Only 15 different players have reached 28 games or more since 2000. Before Bradley, the last five to do it were Nolan Arenado (28 games with the Rockies in 2014), Denard Span (29 with the Nationals in 2013), Dan Uggla (33 with the Braves in 2011), Andre Ethier (30 with the Dodgers in 2011) and Ryan Zimmerman (30 with the Nationals in 2009).
• Bradley became the sixth player in Red Sox history to record a 28-game hitting streak. The five others are Johnny Damon (29 games, 2005), Nomar Garciaparra (30, 1997), Wade Boggs (28, 1985), Dom DiMaggio (34, 1949) and Tris Speaker (30, 1912).
• Bradley has the longest hitting streak for a Red Sox player since David Ortiz, who recorded a hit in 27 straight games from July 2, 2012 to May 7, 2013. The last Boston hitter to do so within the same season was Manny Ramirez (also 27 games) in 2006.
• Bradley's previous longest hitting streak was eight games, from Aug. 30 to Sept. 7, 2015.
• When DiMaggio reached 27 games in 1941, he was batting .377 (40-for-106) with 28 runs scored, six doubles, three triples, seven homers, 25 RBIs, 10 walks and five strikeouts during the streak. Amazingly, he didn't strike out again over the remaining 29 games.
Through the first 27 games of his streak, Bradley compared favorably to the Hall of Famer. In that span, he was hitting .408 (40-for-98) with 17 runs scored, seven doubles, three triples, eight homers, 29 RBIs, 14 walks and 20 strikeouts.
• Throughout the course of his entire 56-game streak, DiMaggio hit .408 (91-for-223) with 56 runs scored, 16 doubles, four triples, 15 homers, 55 RBIs, 21 walks and five strikeouts.
• When DiMaggio's streak started, his Yankees were 14-14 and in fourth place in the American League. When it ended, New York was 56-27 and in first place. At the onset of Bradley's current streak, his Red Sox were 9-9 and in third place in the AL East. They entered play on Tuesday ranked second in the division with a 27-17 record.
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com.