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Posted on: June 20, 2010 7:31 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2010 8:00 pm

Kotchman sets fielding record

Casey Kotchman has changed addresses a lot during his career, but one thing has never changed: When the ball is hit to him, he catches it.

Kotchman, in his first year with the Mariners, eclipsed the major-league record for consecutive errorless chances at first base on Sunday, running his streak to 2,008. His last error was in 2008. He passed the mark of 2,002 by Kevin Youkilis from 2006-08.

Kotchman has played 230 consecutive games without an error, eight behind Youkilis for the errorless games record. He is the only regular major-league first baseman still without an error this season, and one of only two errorless infielders (Padres second baseman David Eckstein is the other).

It's a nice record, but it's also emblematic of the Mariners' struggles after trying to put together a team that would win with pitching and defense. Kotchman is errorless, but he's hitting .191. At this point, the punchless Mariners probably wouldn't mind a first baseman who batted .300 and booted the occasional ball.

-- David Andriesen

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