Last time out, we listed the batters with the most consecutive seasons of increasing counts in various statistical categories. Now its time to look at the records for consecutive decreases.
If you are into numbers and patterns like I am, your eye will scan the year-by-year stats of a particular player and sometimes notice that there is a run of increasing or decreasing figures for a particular stat. During ballgames, you’ll sometimes here that “he has seen his batting average increase in each of the last three years,” or something similar. So, what are the records for most consecutive years with increasing or decreasing figures for the major stats.
We’ll start with the batters’ increases first. Using the year-by-year stat lines furnished by Fangraphs, here are the longest streaks with increasing totals: