Silver Hawks' Andrew Velazquez still chasing history

By: Jim Johnston Email
By: Jim Johnston Email

"I was nervous. Probably more nervous than i ever have been for an at bat," Silver Hawks' shortstop Andrew Velazquez said.

Velazquez was one game away from tying the Minor League baseball record for consecutive games in which he reached base safely at 71.

He found himself behind in the count in what could be his last at bat. That is when he came up with a line shot to left field and tied the record.

Then less than 24 hours later he would break the record with a shot to the shortstop that was ruled and infield hit. Giving him 72 straight games in which he had reached base.

"I don't think it has sunk in fully yet," Velazquez said. "I think any baseball guy understands how difficult it is to get on base every single game let alone 70 some games in a row."

Velazquez is batting .306 this season with 113 hits and 64 runs scored much to the delight of his manager Mark Haley.

"He locked in this year," Silver Hawks manager Mark Haley said. "He didn't even think about on base percentage or anything. He was just grinding out at bats, making sure he knew what strikes were and was confident going deep in counts."

Now with the minor league record in his hands Velazquez is just 10 games off Ted Williams all-time baseball record of 84. Velazquez is looking to set the bar high.

"I am just trying to get on base man," Velazquez said with a smile. "If it gets to triple digits, that would be awesome. I mean i would like it to be unreachable you know?"

Whenever the streak does come to an end Velazquez knows he's been a part of something special.
"If it ends today, I wouldn't be upset about it, you know, it has been a fun ride. I have enjoyed it and its good to have something like that under your belt. My name is forever etched in history like that so that is pretty awesome."

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