Streaks and Milestones in Baseball
by Lynda Collins What streaks and milestones will go down in
history and which will just go down? Every season sees streaks
and milestones take center stage, but 2006 seems to have more
Jimmy Rollins enters the season on a 36-game hitting streak.
Tejada has played in 918 straight games. Ichiro will try for
6 straight 200-hit seasons. Trevor Hoffman needs 43 saves to
become the all-time leader.
Bonds needs his 47 HR. Sammy Sosa needs 12 HR for 600. Also,
there are several impressive team streaks on the line. Which
will we still be talking about this time next year? Stay tuned.
Have the New York Mets emerged from the shadow of the
Not likely. Adding Pedro Martinez and Carlos Beltran last year
and Billy Wagner, Carlos Delgado, and Paul Lo Duca this year
is a pretty nice haul for sure.
But the Mets still haven’t been able to pull off the blockbuster
deal for Manny Ramirez and despite fewer headline moves over
the last year than the Mets, the Yankees did make the playoffs
in 2005. Until the Mets do the same and the Yanks prove they
are, in fact, in decline, the boys from Queens are still going
to play second fiddle.
Do the Texas Rangers finally have enough pitching?
This seems to be an annual query that is eventually answered
in the negative.
This winter they lost the volatile, but consistent, Kenny Rogers
to free agency, but added veterans Kevin Millwood, Adam Eaton,
and Vicente Padilla to their rotation without having to part
with OF Kevin Mench or 3B Hank Blalock, who were frequently
mentioned on the rumor mill. If the Rangers can find adequate
arms to fill the final slots in the rotation, they have enough
offense to make some noise in the AL West.