Kansas City Royals: Top moments of the 2019 season

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Kansas City Royals, Whit Merrifield
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Whit Merrifield was able to continue his outstanding hitting, allowing him to make history and find himself in the 2019 All-Star Game.

Every fan of the Kansas City Royals knows Whit Merrifield. He’s one of the best players on the Royals that nobody expected to be the best. While many of the Royals had poor 2019 seasons, Merrifield went against the grain and exploded for another great campaign.

While he did decline in certain aspects of the game, Merrifield continued to impress by being a stellar defender in any position and hitting the ball for a 0.302 average, helping him to hit more than anyone in baseball. For Merrifield, it’s difficult to decide which moment is the best, so this top moment will actually be two moments for one player.

The first moment for Whit came towards the beginning of the year. In September 2018, Merrifield got on a hitting streak that lasted until the end of the season. Whit didn’t skip a beat, as he carried that hitting streak into the 2019 season. On April 10, he hit safely in his 31st-consecutive game, giving him the longest hitting streak in Royals history and beating George Brett‘s streak of 30.

While the streak unfortunately ended at 31, Whit didn’t let that keep him down. He kept hitting, and he hit some more, and after going through a small slump mid-year, he hit even more. Whit was able to record 206 hits in the 2019 regular season, leading Major League Baseball in hits for the second-consecutive year.

Whit is one member of the Kansas City Royals that fans hope sticks around for the long haul. If the Royals can get some other pieces of the puzzle, Whit will be a good player to help base a team around.