Derrek Lee: The Joe DiMaggio of Doubles

While fiddling around in Baseball-Reference (my Christmas gift to myself was a subscription to Play Index), I came across something very curious: 

Derrek Lee is the all-time record holder in consecutive games with at least 1 double.

I'm not saying that the streak (which is 8 – there are a hundred or so 7 game streaks) is as untouchable as 56 consecutive games with a hit, but it's a pretty interesting bit of trivia nonetheless. It wasn't as if Derrek Lee hit an incredible number of doubles, either; he had 9 seasons with 30 doubles or more (the same total as Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano).

One last thing – when I think of really great doubles hitters, I think of Craig Biggio, but Biggio never had a streak of more than 5. 

(This is only the 1993-2012 list. BRef chokes when you feed it larger pools of data.)

1 Derrek Lee 2007-04-23 2007-05-02 8 37 6 20 10 0 1 8 6 2 0 1 .541 .564 .892 1.456 CHC
                                         
2 Brian Roberts 2004-08-09 2004-08-15 7 32 10 17 8 0 0 4 5 3 0 1 .531 .571 .781 1.353 BAL
3 Carlos Delgado 2000-07-22 2000-07-29 7 27 3 12 10 0 0 5 4 4 0 0 .444 .516 .815 1.331 TOR
4 Jeff Kent 1999-04-22 1999-04-29 7 29 6 8 7 0 0 0 9 4 2 0 .276 .382 .517 .900 SFG
5 Gary Disarcina 1998-08-19 1998-08-26 7 28 8 11 7 0 0 7 2 0 0 0 .393 .393 .643 1.036 ANA
6 Todd Walker 1998-04-22 1998-05-02 7 28 5 14 7 0 0 5 2 3 2 0 .500 .531 .750 1.281 MIN
                                         
7 Andrew McCutchen 2011-06-30 2011-07-04 6 24 6 11 6 1 1 6 1 2 0 0 .458 .500 .917 1.417 PIT
8 Conor Jackson 2010-05-19 2010-05-25 6 24 5 6 6 0 0 2 3 3 1 0 .250 .333 .500 .833 ARI
9 Martin Prado 2009-06-30 2009-07-05 6 26 8 15 8 0 1 6 0 3 0 0 .577 .621 1.000 1.621 ATL
10 Kendrys Morales 2009-06-12 2009-06-19 6 23 5 8 6 0 2 2 6 2 0 0 .348 .400 .870 1.270 LAA
11 Lyle Overbay 2009-05-29 2009-06-06 6 19 4 8 6 0 1 8 5 4 0 0 .421 .522 .895 1.416 TOR
12 Justin Morneau 2008-08-24 2008-08-29 6 26 5 13 7 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 .500 .481 .885 1.366 MIN
13 Albert Pujols 2007-09-05 2007-09-10 6 22 3 10 6 1 0 5 0 5 0 0 .455 .556 .818 1.374 STL
14 Conor Jackson 2007-05-28 2007-06-05 6 27 4 10 6 0 1 8 2 1 0 0 .370 .393 .704 1.097 ARI
15 Conor Jackson 2006-05-01 2006-05-07 6 24 7 9 7 0 0 4 1 2 0 0 .375 .423 .667 1.090 ARI
16 Maicer Izturis 2005-06-29 2005-07-04 6 25 2 9 6 0 0 6 1 0 0 0 .360 .360 .600 .960 LAA
17 Jason Varitek 2004-08-21 2004-09-01 6 24 6 12 6 0 2 4 2 3 0 1 .500 .556 1.000 1.556 BOS
18 Magglio Ordonez 2003-07-20 2003-07-25 6 23 7 15 6 0 2 9 3 4 0 1 .652 .704 1.174 1.878 CHW
19 Mike Sweeney 2001-05-10 2001-05-15 6 27 7 12 9 0 0 6 3 1 1 0 .444 .464 .778 1.242 KCR
20 Richard Hidalgo 2000-09-03 2000-09-08 6 24 8 10 6 0 0 9 2 1 0 0 .417 .407 .667 1.074 HOU
21 Bobby Abreu 2000-06-23 2000-06-29 6 26 5 11 7 0 0 4 6 3 0 0 .423 .483 .692 1.175 PHI
22 Wade Boggs 1997-09-07 1997-09-14 6 22 11 12 7 0 1 6 3 4 0 0 .545 .593 1.000 1.593 NYY
23 Ed Sprague 1997-04-05 1997-04-14 6 22 3 7 6 0 0 3 3 1 0 0 .318 .375 .591 .966 TOR
24 Edgar Martinez 1996-05-23 1996-05-29 6 25 5 10 8 0 2 9 4 2 0 0 .400 .444 .960 1.404 SEA
25 Kenny Lofton 1994-06-17 1994-06-22 6 23 8 13 7 1 0 5 0 5 3 1 .565 .643 .957 1.599 CLE

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