When Trea Turner singled to right field in the fourth inning on Tuesday, he extended his latest hitting streak to 20 games. That marked Turner’s third career hitting streak of at least 20 games, and all three have come in his time with the Dodgers (155 games when the streak hit 20).
With that hit, Turner became just the second Dodger (and the first since the team moved to Los Angeles after the 1957 season) to have three separate hitting streaks of 20+ games.
I mentioned this last night, but it got lost in the much bigger news:
Trea Turner is the second Dodger (and first LA Dodger) to have three hitting streaks of 20+ games.
Zack Wheat's four such streaks came over a course of nine seasons; Trea's have come in just less than one.
— Jeff J. Snider (@snidog) August 3, 2022
Turner had been tied with four other players who had two 20-game hitting streaks with the Dodgers:
Willie Davis holds the Dodgers record for longest hitting streak, hitting in 31 straight games in 1969. Davis followed that up with a 25-game hitting streak in 1971.
Davis’s former teammate, outfield partner, and name buddy Tommy Davis also had two lengthy hitting streaks with the Dodgers, both exactly 20 games. Interestingly, neither streak came in 1962, when he finished third in the National League MVP voting after leading the majors with 230 hits, 153 RBIs, and a .346 batting average. One came in his rookie year of 1960, and the other came in 1964.
Steve Garvey led the National League with 202 hits in 1978, finishing second in the MVP voting behind Dave Parker of the Pirates. Garvey’s league-leading hit total was aided by two separate lengthy hitting streaks: 21 games straight in April and May, and then 20 games in September.
And finally, Hall of Fame center-fielder Duke Snider had two long hitting streaks with the Dodgers. His first was a 23-game streak late in the 1950 season, the first lengthy streak called by Vin Scully. Then, in late 1953, Snider hit in 27 straight games, which is now tied Joe Medwick and Trea Turner for the four-longest in Dodgers history, bested only by Willie Davis (31), Andre Ethier (30), and Zack Wheat (29).
And speaking of Zack Wheat, he is now clearly in Trea’s crosshairs, as Wheat is the only player in Dodger history with four hitting streaks of 20+ games. Wheat’s 29-game streak came in 1916, along with a 26-game streak in 1918, a 24-game streak in 1924, and a 20-game streak in 1923.
What Trea Turner has done in a Dodger uniform is remarkable, especially when you consider that Wheat’s four streaks came across nine seasons, while Trea’s have come in less than one. Imagine what Trea will do in Dodger Blue if he sticks around for over a decade like Willie Davis, Garvey, Snider, and Wheat did.
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