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    Chipper Jones

    He is ripping the ball right now. He is hitting .420

    My question is, whats the longest someone has gone over .400 since Ted Williams did it for a full season?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LockeJET View Post
    He is ripping the ball right now. He is hitting .420

    My question is, whats the longest someone has gone over .400 since Ted Williams did it for a full season?

    I would guess George Brett 1980 but not sure.

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    Latest to make a serious bid was Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton. He reached the .400 mark on August 22, but finished at .372.

    If not that, I think it's George Brett in 1980.

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    I looked it up, don't think I have the answer but here is what I came across.

    Longest streaks of maintaining a .400 average, even for the last 35 years:

    The longest streaks of hitting .400 since 1974:
    292-for-730: Tony Gwynn, SD NL, 6/10/1993 (2nd AB ) - 5/9/1995 (4th AB )
    269-for-672: Rod Carew, MIN AL, 5/4/1977 (1st AB ) - 5/22/1978 (1st AB )
    " " " , 5/4/977 (2nd AB ) - 5/22/1978 (2nd AB )
    258-for-645: Wade Boggs, BOS AL, 6/8/1985 (5th AB ) - 6/7/1986 (3rd AB )
    " " ", 6/9/1985 (1st AB ) - 6/7/1986 (4th AB )
    214-for-535: Ichiro Suzuki, SEA AL, 6/28/2004 (3rd AB ) - 5/16/2005 (1st AB )
    " " ", 6/28/2004 (4th AB ) - 5/16/2005 (2nd AB )

    As you can see, Gwynn's streak lasted almost 23 months! Many people talk about Wade Boggs's streak of maintaining a .400 average over an entire calendar year (spanning two seasons), but I've never seen Carew's streak mentioned before. Carew's streak lasted for over a year, making it the second-longest streak (in terms of ABs) by anyone since 1974.

    Here's another interesting list; it is the longest streaks of maintaining a .500 average, since 1974:

    79-for-158: Ichiro Suzuki, 7/11/2004 (1st AB ) - 8/21/2004 (5th AB )
    " " ", 7/11/2004 (2nd AB ) - 8/21/2004 (6th AB )
    60-for-120: Milt Thompson, PHI NL, 7/17/1987 (5th AB ) - 8/24/1987 (1st AB )
    58-for-116: George Brett, KC AL, 6/2/1980 (4th AB ) - 8/1/1980 (1st AB )
    " " ", 6/3/1980 (1st AB ) - 8/1/1980 (2nd AB )
    Jose Cruz, HOU NL, 6/26/1984 (1st AB ) - 7/28/1984(g1) (4th AB )
    " " ", 6/26/1984 (2nd AB ) - 7/28/1984(g2) (1st AB )

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    Quote Originally Posted by KellenIsTheFuture View Post
    Latest to make a serious bid was Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton. He reached the .400 mark on August 22, but finished at .372.

    If not that, I think it's George Brett in 1980.
    Gwynn hit .394 in 1994 as well so he may be in the running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chad101 View Post
    Gwynn hit .394 in 1994 as well so he may be in the running.
    True, but the strike season ended August 12.

    Helton reached .400 on August 22.

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