People celebrate hitting streaks — and they are a lot of fun — but on-base streaks are just as good a measure of someone helping their team day-in, day-out. And not many guys have been helping their team as much lately as Shin-Soo Choo has been helping the Rangers.
Choo went 3-for-5 and hit a tie-breaking RBI in last night’s 7-4 victory over the Padres. In doing so he extended his career-best on-base streak to 38 games. That’s eight shy of the Rangers team on-base record of 46. The longest streak by anyone this season is Odubel Herrera, who did it 45 times.
Both of those are doable. The all-time record for getting on-base is . . . less doable. Ted Williams did it a mind-boggling 84 straight games in 1949.
Choo is hitting .285/.395/.483 on the season.
In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.
Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.
Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.