Jimmy Rollins chases Joe D's hit streak

Records were made to be broken, the saying goes. Though some records are viewed as nearly impossible to break. Cy Young's 511 career wins. Nolan Ryan's 5,714 strikeouts. Hank Aaron's 2,297 RBI. But records were made to be broken, as witnessed by Barry Bonds approaching Aaron's 755 career home runs, once thought of as the most glamorous baseball record. If that record should fall, Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak might take its place. But DiMaggio's record is will come under some heat as the 2006 MLB season gets underway.

Philadelphia Phillies' Jimmy Rollins begins the season with a 36-game hitting streak in tact. He sits nine games away from tying Willie Keeler's NL-record 45-game streak he set in 1897. After possibly reaching that milestone, Rollins would still need another 12 games to tie DiMaggio and 13 to break the 55-year-old record. Will he do it?

What They're Saying
Jayson Stark: "But now the Phillies' effervescent shortstop finds himself in a situation no player before him has ever faced: Nearly six months later -- amazingly, crazily -- his streak still isn't dead. It's just lurking in hibernation, ready to erupt back to life on Opening Day.
Ready to start ticking again toward the great DiMaggio. "Only" 20 games to go. And counting."

March 28, 2006

Rollins not intimidated by 56

Jimmy Rollins: "Why not? That's what I'm here for, maybe do something special. Everybody wants to be that man at least once a year.

"When I looked back at it after the (2005) season, I was like, 'Wow.' That's 36 games of going to work every day and being successful, but (DiMaggio) did it for 20 more days. It's really unimaginable that somebody can hit in that many games straight but here I am cross the halfway point, but that's when it gets tough."

Feb. 20, 2006
Confident Rollins ready to challenge DiMaggio

Tim Kurkjian: "Few, if any, players have had their first game of a season -- or, who knows, maybe the first three weeks -- watched more closely than will Rollins. Will he benefit from having six months off after 36 in a row, or will six months off ruin the continuity that he had at the end of 2005?"

Jan. 17, 2006

Rollins will be on the spot right away