View Full Version : Dejesus' errorless streak longest in the big leagues

07-08-2010, 12:48 PM
SEATTLE -- David DeJesus' streak of 231 consecutive errorless games, entering Wednesday's finale in Seattle, is now the longest active streak by an outfielder in the Major Leagues.

Two longer streaks both ended on Tuesday night -- both, oddly enough, in ninth-inning plays.

The Mets' Jason Bay had 263 errorless games in a row until he missed a pop fly in a 3-0 victory over the Reds. The Cardinals' Randy Winn had his string of 253 games snapped when he bobbled a ball, allowing a run during the Rockies' game-winning nine-run inning.

DeJesus has handled 511 chances with 494 putouts and 17 assists during his streak while playing all three outfield positions.

"Three years ago, he just ran around," said outfield coach Rusty Kuntz. "Now he's running around understanding what he's supposed to do.

"When guys play smart and under control like he is right now, you can put strings of games and years together like he's doing."

DeJesus' last error came on Sept. 15, 2008, against the Mariners at Kauffman Stadium. DeJesus, in center field, took Ichiro Suzuki's sixth-inning single and was charged with a throwing error that allowed Kenji Johjima to reach third base.

Since then, DeJesus has increased his knowledge of how to play ground balls and fly balls, and when to -- and when not to -- throw to a base. Kuntz said DeJesus is so accurate with his throws that it'd probably take a ricochet off a runner or a fielder trying to make too quick of a tag to cause an error.

Moving from center field to left field in 2009 and to right field this year has increased DeJesus' awareness of all the positions, sharpened his overall skills and widened his understanding of playing the outfield, according to Kuntz.

"He's always had the athleticism to play it, but then he learned to play it smart," Kuntz said.