Jacoby Ellsbury's minor league hitting-streak record broken
As the old saying goes, "Records are made to be broken." That said, in a time when the top marks in sports are constantly being bested, hitting streaks in baseball have had better staying power historically.
It is one thing to have an amazing, record-setting game; it is another matter altogether to keep up that level of play consistently. This is why New York Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio's iconic 56-game hitting streak is considered by many to be an untouchable achievement. Even getting halfway to that mark should be counted as a herculean feat.
So, with that in mind, congratulations are in order for one Yairo Muñoz, a minor league baseball player in the Boston Red Sox farm system, who broke a longstanding hitting record set by former Madras High School standout Jacoby Ellsbury. Last week, Muñoz recorded a hit for the 26th game in a row for Boston's Triple-A affiliate in Worcester, Massachusetts. As a result, he passed by Ellsbury's mark of 25 games, which was set over 14 years ago.
Back in the summer of 2007, while playing as a member of Boston's top minor league affiliate, Ellsbury notched at least one base-knock in 25 straight games, setting a Triple-A record for the club. Though the team has since shifted its operations from Pawtucket, Rhode Island -- where Ellsbury starred -- to Worcester, Massachusetts, the all-time franchise records were carried over in the move.
That hitting streak, in addition to his abilities on the base path and in the field, was part of why Boston called up the former Oregon State University star for their 2007 playoff push. Less than two months later, Ellsbury was being sized for his first World Series ring.
The young, photogenic centerfielder was a general manager's dream, and Ellsbury was instantly tabbed as a future superstar. However, in the nearly 15 years since his MLB debut, his career arc hit both the highest highs and the lowest lows.
After making the All-Star Game in 2011 and winning a second World Series with the Sox in 2013, the former MHS standout signed a seven-year, $153-million deal with Boston's archrivals, the New York Yankees.
Beset by nagging injuries and inconsistent play, Ellsbury struggled throughout his time in the Bronx, causing some to consider his massive contract as one of the club's worst deals ever. His last Major League appearance came on Oct. 17, 2017, but the outfielder still collected more than $68 million over the final few injury-plagued years of his deal. The Yankees finally bought out Ellsbury's contract ahead of the 2021 MLB season, paying $5 million to take his name off the ledger for good.
While many of the good memories of Ellsbury's professional career have already begun to fade, it is worth noting that the speedster still holds at least one record for the Red Sox. He currently boasts the team's single-game record for most stolen bases in a game by a Red Sox player, having swiped five bags during a May 30, 2013, contest against the Philadelphia Phillies.
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