The longest hitting streak of this season has come to an end today in New York. Jose Reyes went 0-4 against the New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey. Reyes is now 2-16 all time against Dickey. The consecutive game hitting streak was ended at 26 games. Reyes will likely keep the record through the end of the 2012 season. Reyes started this streak after the All Star break on July 13th and did not let up until Thursday the 9th of August. The pitching of R.A. Dickey proved to be too much for Reyes. If anyone was going to end the streak abruptly it would be the crafty knuckleballer.
Reyes streak was the last remaining hope that Marlins fans had for any excitement this year. The team has fallen 17 games back behind the National League East leading Washington Nationals. The hitting streak was just starting to get major media attention and just as it was it is already over. It was a fun ride to watch the suspense of Reyes getting hits in many of the games in late innings was energizing. Reyes is the defending N.L. batting champion. He is not going to win that title this year but showed that he is still a great hitter and a valuable asset to his team this year.
Where do the Marlins go from here? Likely straight to the off season with no more major stories for the team this season. Although there is another potential streak brewing. The Marlins Carlos Lee has a 14 game hitting streak. Lee will probably not reach even 20 games given his aging veteran status, but hey you never really know.
Reyes has been a great addition to this Marlins team this year. Lucky for the fans of South Florida he will be back next season. With any luck his success will rub off on the rest of the team and the Marlins will be the contenders they were supposed to be this year.
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The Miami Marlins are having a disappointing season, so much so that no one saw this coming. The team headed into the 2012 season with so much hope and excitement for what could be. They have dismantled the team to the point it hardly resembles the team that was supposed to make the playoffs when the year began. As of Saturday the team sits 14.5 games behind the 1st place Washington Nationals and a Wildcard birth looks very unlikely. The only bright spot that can be seen at the point is Jose Reyes and his hot hitting streak.
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Jose Reyes began this hitting streak on July 13th and is holding strong at 22 games going into Saturday’s game against the Nationals. Reyes went 1-3 in the first game of Friday’s double header with the Nationals and 3-5 in the second game. Reyes has always been a great hitter but has really improved his hitting and it shows with this current streak. He broke his previous streak of 19 games this past week.
Luis Castillo holds the team record for most consecutive games with a hit with 35 games in 2002. That is a mark that Reyes has a strong chance of beating. The have been 55 players in the history of Major League Baseball to have at least 30 consecutive games with a hit. Reyes is the caliber of hitter and streaky enough to become number 56. The question the will be asked if he can make it past 30 will be how far can he go?
Everyone knows that Joe DiMaggio holds the record at 56 games in 1941 and that mark is very unlikely to be broken soon if ever. The closest anyone has come in the last 20 years was the Phillies Jimmy Rollins in the 2005 and 2006 seasons with 38 games. If anyone was going to make a good run and come close to DiMaggio in this era of baseball it would be Joe Reyes. Reyes is still very young and has a lot of potential as a hitter even though he is already one of the best in baseball. Reyes is the defending National League batting champion and this will not be his last claim to that title.
As this season grows older and the Marlins fall deeper in the standings the Marlins might have something to get excited about. That rests solely in the hands of Jose Reyes and his bat. Could we be watching history right now? It is too early to tell but we are seeing an amazing streak and its time for the sports world to pay attention to Reyes. If they don’t start now they may be missing history in the making.
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The 2012 All Star Game will be held in Kansas City at Kaufman Stadium on July 10th. The votes are in and we now know who will make up the MLB All Star Game starting line ups. Many fans and media disagree with some of the results.
As usual there were some that got snubbed. Players like the New York Mets David Wright for example will not be starting at Third Base for the National League team. Wright has a batting average of .354 with 9 Home Runs and 50 RBI’s. Wright lost the chance to be a starter in the fan voting to the San Fransisco Giants Pablo Sandoval. Sandoval is batting .300 with 6 Home Runs and 25 RBI’s. Wright not only has better numbers but is better a fielder. This is not the first year there has been controversy over starters.
This years All Star Game will have many of baseballs best players starting the game from the bench, all because of fan voting.
The debate has rage on for many years whether the fans should be allowed to dictate the starters. The All Star Game is really just a popularity contest. Many of the teams in bigger markets get more players voted in. More importantly many of the teams get their players named as starters.
The All Star Game was created as an exhibition of the best players from the first half of the season. The one problem is that it is no longer just exhibition game now. The winning team whether it be the National League or the American League gets home field advantage in the World Series. Who knows how many World Series Champions were crowned based on their league winning the game played in all the way back in July. All Star teams that were not comprised of the best in each league.
Something needs to change and boy does baseball commissioner Bud Selig have a lot of things on his list to fix. When it comes to the All Star Game the fan voting needs to be taken away if baseball wants the winner to have such an advantage in the World Series. The All Star squads should be picked by the players and managers only. There is way too much riding on the game for it to be up to fans that only vote for their favorites rather than the players who really have dominated the first half of the season.
Let’s think about the example of David Wright that I brought up previously. David Wright has put up incredible season numbers and will most likely win the MVP trophy at the end of the year. It is not right that a player that has been playing the way Wright has would not start the All Star Game.
If the All Star Game is going to be considered an exhibition it should not have important ramifications like it has now. I am all for making it fun but if its going to be it needs to be just a game in July with baseballs best player and only that. So Bud Selig a decision should be made. Either you have a fan vote or a game that could dictate the next World Series Champion not both.
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