Veteran Whit merrifield has a simple answer as to why he has been able to play in all the games of the Kansas City Royals since June 25, 2018. The reasons behind Merrifield’s consistency are not that simple. They involve having a discipline, a regimen and an attitude like no other, and those things have brought him here, until Friday night at Kauffman Stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Merrifield played in his 421st consecutive game, tying a Royals franchise record held by Alcides Escobar from September 26, 2015 to July 7, 2018. Merrifield went 3-0 with a walk in the 6-0 loss.
Merrifield credited the Royals trainers when he spoke about his streak before Friday’s game, both to athletic coaches and to strength and conditioning coaches helping him prepare to play every day no matter what he’s working on. .
Merrifield has an offseason training and treatment plan and an offseason training plan that prepares him for a full 162-game roster. It is also mentality. Merrifield wakes up every day ready to play baseball. It is not his decision to put him in the lineup, but he will come to the stadium ready for it.
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It takes the 2019, 2020 and 2021 seasons without missing a single game. The last time he failed one was on June 24, 2018, so more than three years have passed.