There hasn't been too much to get excited about on the north side this year; this may be one of the highlights of the season.
Last night Darwin Barney set the National League record for consecutive errorless games in a season at second base......barely. In the seventh inning he was charged with an error on a throw to third baseman Luis Valbuena. It was a perfect throw, right on target, and should have been caught. After looking at some replays, the official scorer changed his call and charged Valbuena with the error.
It's especially nice for me, since last year I decided to start a Darwin Barney player collection. He's the type of player I really enjoy: plays the game the right way, consistent, not flashy, a team player.
Up next for Barney is the major league record, 141 games, set by Placido Polanco of the Tigers in 2007. Without any rainouts or days off, Barney would tie the record on September 27 and break it the following day. The overall record is 186 games, which would take up to game 40 next season...if he gets that far.
I've got 75 different Barney cards. In honor of his accomplishment, I've created another, based on the Record Breaker cards in the 1979 set...