David Baker’s hitting streak has finally come to an end. The Minneapolis Ravens third baseman failed to get a hit tonight at Twin Cities Stadium, ending a streak of consecutive games with a base hit that began on June 30 in Chicago.
The 28-year-old from Fairton, New Jersey, playing in his fifth season in the Bull League, has cemented the new record for hitting streaks at 34 games.
During the run, Baker bumped his already impressive batting average up from .293 to .354 during the streak, which included several multi-hit games. In fact, in 18 of those 34 games, he had 2 or more hits, including back-to-back games going 5-for-6, during the Ravens last turn against Detroit back on July 23-24.
The league’s former #19 prospect suffered three day-to-day injuries during that time, but managed to avoid being placed on the disabled list. He missed only one game, on July 10.
With the record-setting streak, Baker has solidified his position as one of the team’s premier hitters, and perhaps put his name in the mix for the LL Gold Crown Award at 3B for this season, which would be a a welcome addition to his trophy case, one that already includes the 2015 Rookie of the Year Award, a 2016 Playoff MVP Award, and three all-star appearances.
Baker will have a chance again at collecting postseason glory – the Ravens are 11 games away from locking in a playoff appearance for a fourth consecutive season.