Texas Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo went 0-for-4 and struck out twice in Saturday’s 16-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians, ending his incredible on-base streak at 52 games.
“The one thing we don’t want to lose sight of is exactly what Choo has done over the course of the last 52 games,” manager Jeff Banister said. “Obviously, tonight, battled through some at-bats, but incredible streak. Just an incredible feat for a tremendous player, an All-Star.”
Choo’s streak was the longest in Texas Rangers history for a single season. It was also the longest streak in the Major Leagues since 2007 when Kevin Millar also reached base in 52 straight.
“Everybody talked about it, especially Korea, every day, how many games on base,” Choo said of the streak. “A lot of fans are sad tonight, but, you know, start again tomorrow.”
Throughout his outstanding streak, Choo posted a .337 batting average, .468 on-base percentage, and a .588 slugging percentage. Choo also put up 13 home runs, 32 runs, 29 runs batted in, and 48 walks. The streak helped Choo earn the first All-Star nod of his 14-year career.
“You just see a good pitcher tonight,” Choo said. “Carrasco, he did a great job, and then last at-bat, I had confidence to get a hit there, but I saw really good pitchers and a good pitch, so I’m not complaining about that.”
With Choo’s streak over, Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros now takes over as the current consecutive games on-base leader with 24 games.