Merrifield seels Royals, MLB benchmarks



September 10, 2019 - 10:24 AM

Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield tags out Cleveland Indians right fielder Tyler Naquin on a steal attempt in the third inning on Aug. 24. JOHN KUNTZ/CLEVELAND PLAIN DEELER/TNS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Royals All-Star second baseman/outfielder Whit Merrifield won’t likely grab a microphone and burst into a Bill Belichick-esque monotone chant of “No days off” anytime soon, but he fully expects to find his name in the lineup each day as his club plays out its final 18 games of the season.

Merrifield, one of two Royals to play in every game this season, entered the final three weeks of 2019 leading the majors with 184 hits through Sunday’s game. Last season, he became just the third player since World War II to lead the majors in both hits and steals.

Now, Merrifield is making a bid to be the first player since Ichiro Suzuki (2006-10) to lead the majors in hits in back-to-back seasons.

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