Ryan Zimmerman’s streak now third longest among third basemen

With Ryan Zimmerman’s outstanding 4-5 performance last night, he extended his hit streak to 29 games, making his streak the third longest for a third basemen in Major League History.

 He now ranks behind George Brett, whose 1980 hit streak reached 30, and Pete Rose, who has the second longest hit streak of all time with 44.  Zimmerman’s first inning single helped him pass Wade Boggs who previously had the third longest streak with 28.

Zimmerman of course has a long way to go before making any significant history.  He of course already has the Nationals franchise record for longest hit streak, although that isn’t saying much. However, while 29 games is amazing, lets look at what others have done this decade alone:

2006 – Jimmy Rollins 38
2002 – Louis Castillo 35
2006 – Chase Utley 35
2003 – Albert Pujols 30
2006 – Willy Taveres 30
2007 – Moises Alou 30

Right now he has 16 games to go to break the National League mark and the mark for his position, which Pete Rose set at 44 in 1978. Of course he also has 27 to go to tie the all-time record of Joe Dimagio, who hit in 56 games consecutively in 1941. Many consider it the hardest record to break in sports.

Sit back and enjoy the ride.