Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss called Michael Cuddyer ''one of the better kept secrets in the game.''
That perception might change soon.
Cuddyer homered in his first at-bat to extend the major league's longest hitting streak this season to 21 games - and the Rockies hung on to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 Sunday.
Cuddyer went 3 for 4 with four RBIs to break a tie with St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese for the year's top streak, and the Rockies right fielder is now just two games shy of matching the franchise's best run. Dante Bichette, now the team's hitting coach, had hits in 23 consecutive games in 1995.
Cuddyer also extended his Colorado record for consecutive games reaching base to 40.
And if all that means he gets more recognition, he wouldn't mind.
''After 12 years of being in the big leagues, you don't like to think of yourself as a secret,'' Cuddyer said with a laugh.
Not that he would mind remaining under the radar, either.
''He doesn't care a...