For last week’s Twitter trivia question, we talked about Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki and his consistency at the plate.
Ichiro set a Major League record this month as he reached the 200 hit mark for the ninth-consecutive season. Ichiro, who also holds the league record for hits in a season (262), is also closing in on Pete Rose’s record of 10 total 200-hit seasons.
As Ichiro was cementing his place as one of the most consistent players in professional baseball history this past month, Arizona’s Mark Reynolds was setting a consistency mark of his own.
Reynolds struck out three times in the D-Backs’ 10-8 victory over San Francisco on Tuesday to re-set the MLB record for strikeouts in a season. Reynolds has 205 strikeouts so far this season, bettering the mark of 204 whiffs he set last year.
The strikeouts are a byproduct of Reynolds’ heavy hitting. He has 43 home runs — second in the Majors to Albert Pujols — and 100 RBIs, the hundredth coming in the win over the Giants.
That leads us to the Twitter trivia question for the week: When Reynolds set the strikeout record last year, whose record did he break?
We all know for sure that, no matter who it is, he’ll be sending Reynolds a Christmas card this year.
Last week, we asked: Whose record did Ichiro break when he surpassed the 200 hit mark this season?
The answer is Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Keeler, who set the record with eight consecutive 200-hit seasons from 1894 to 1901.
Congratulations for coojuu for giving us the correct answer!
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