Whit Merrifield’s Kansas City Royals Record Consecutive Games Played Streak Ends at 553


Kansas City Royals infielder Whit Merrifield didn’t play in the opener of a split doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers on Monday, ending his run of consecutive games on a franchise-record of 553, which was also the longest active run in the majors.

Merrifield’s streak dated to June 24, 2018. It was the longest in the major leagues since Miguel Tejada played in 1,152 consecutive games from June 2, 2000 to June 21, 2007, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

“It was a great run for Whit,” said Royals manager Mike Matheny. “It’s just impressive how he was able to do this.”

Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Olson now has the longest active streak of consecutive games in the majors at 221, according to ESPN Stats & Info research. Cal Ripken Jr. holds the record of playing 2,632 straight games.

“It’s been a long time. I’m proud of it. I’m not sure it will be touched anytime soon by someone who plays the way I play it. Maybe as a DH or a first baseman. But to bounce around, play multiple positions, running, stealing bases, playing in the weather that KC has to offer. I’m pretty proud of the song I put down,” Merrifield told reporters before the game, according to the Kansas City Star.

Merrifield, 33, left Sunday’s game with discomfort in the right toe. He was given a walking boot and is expected to miss at least two weeks.

The two-time All-Star is hitting .240 this season with five home runs, 36 RBI’s, 14 stolen bases and a .635 OPS in 84 games.

The Royals won the game 3-1.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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