The saying”Records are made to be broken” is about as old as the presence of sports recordings . But in baseball, the constraints of that adage truly stretch.

Johnny Vander Meer — the second which he twirled 80 years ago today on June 15, 1938 — is still just one of the achievements. Only a few those pitchers with a no hitter have managed a perfect innings in their next journey. Vander Meer’s pair might indeed turn out to be”unbreakable,” or rather close to that term as you can and it calls to mind that a small number of different records which are collecting dust as years go by.

The saying”Records are made to be broken” is about as old as the presence of sports recordings . But in baseball, the constraints of that adage truly stretch.

Johnny Vander Meer — the second which he twirled 80 years ago today on June 15, 1938 — is still just one of the achievements. Only a few those pitchers with a no hitter have managed a perfect innings in their next journey. Vander Meer’s pair might indeed turn out to be”unbreakable,” or rather close to that term as you can and it calls to mind that a small number of different records which are collecting dust as years go by.

Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hit series is among the most famous”unbreakable” records, but his .357 ordinary in 1941 implies that — together with most of the ideal circumstances in drama — a high-average, low-walk hitter could approach”Joltin’ Joe.” The way that player would manage the media evaluation as he means that the legendary”56″ is just another story, obviously.

With Vander Meer and DiMaggio in mind, here are a handful of additional modern records which seem”unbreakable.” Some of these you’ll understand right away; you may be surprised by the others. (For the purposes of the exercise, we are sticking with recordings which could feasibly be broken, therefore Cy Young’s listing of 749 complete games, for instance, is part of this conversation.)

The records you likely know

Ichiro’s 262 strikes in 2004
Few players have thrilled fans in as many different ways as Ichiro, and which contained his impeccable bat controller and time at the plate. Breaking Ichiro hit mark could involve an uncommon blend of chances, consistency and also the ability to make touch — an increasing rarity in today’s game. Plus, Ichiro logged 704 at-bats in that bewitching 2004 season, among only four players to cross the 700 at bat plateau in one campaign. Therefore to break this record, you’d have to hit on .373 and log over 700 ABs. Good luck.

Nolan Ryan’s 5,714 strikeouts and 2,795 walks
Even with the current ever-escalating strike-out climate, it’s hard to imagine anyone pitching together with both ferocity and blasting longevity needed to catch Ryan. Chris Sale would have to repeat his 308-strikeout 20 17 season per year for more than ten years to get Ryan’s attention. The Ryan Express’ need to attack out every hitter needed its trade-off, producing a walk album too unlikely to be equaled. But we’ll likely never find another pitcher like himin either regard.

Rickey Henderson’s 1,406 career steals and 130 steals in 1982
Baseball is a cyclical game, but right now, it’s hard to imagine the stolen base getting featured back like it was in Henderson’s hey day. The last player to aim 130 steals in a season was Vince Coleman at 1985, and 35-year-old Jose Reyes is the most busy steals leader with only 5-14. Billy Hamilton, 27, would need to average approximately 115 steals over every one of the next 10 seasons (not quite twice his profession ) to approach that the”Person of Steal.”

Video: MLB to Night breaks down Henderson’s awesome speed

Hack Wilson’s 191 RBIs at 1930
Driving in runs is among many more prosperous numbers in baseball. While there’s no uncertainty Wilson went to a total rip in 1930 (.356/ / .454/.723 together with 56 home runs), he also played at a intense offensive environment (a list six players capped 150 RBIs that year) and needed some of superb table-setters in front of him at Kiki Cuyler (.428 OBP) and Woody English (.430). Manny Ramirez’s 165 RBIs at 1999 stand as the nearest effort, but it dropped about a month worth short of Wilson’s mark.

Chief Wilson’s 36 triples at 1912
Wilson never again hit half as many triples as he failed in this historical year, pointing into how difficult this kind of campaign is. Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon‘s 14 triples — 1-3 of these struck home in broad Coors Field — paced baseball at 2017, when MLB hitters combined to its fewest triples in today’s era.

Barry Bonds’ 232 walks in 2004
With the sort of power which could convince managers to intentionally walk him at the first inning or with the bases loaded, no one else at baseball history analyzed the constraints of statistics quite like Bonds. For instance, only 1 player aside from Bonds has walked at least 170 days in a season (Babe Ruth, 1923), and Bonds alone piled up a lot more than half the walks which the full Pirates squad introduced in 2004. He was additionally issued 120 intentional passes that year, and also only 1 player aside from Bonds — who had 6-8 IBBs at 2002 and 61 at’03 — has ever drawn a lot more than 4-5 in 1 year (Willie McCovey, 1969).

But do not shortchange the 353 times that”The Bambino” reached base, which still stands because the fifth-highest single-year full in history. Hitting on 5 9 homers will go a long way naturally. Even at his peak, Bonds never shopped 150 days in a season; Jeff Bagwell (152 runs in 2000) is the latest player to decode 150, and he was the first as Ted Williams in 1949.

Pete Rose’s 15,890 plate looks and 4,256 hits
it’s possible that Ichiro could be within shouting distance of Rose’s struck mark had he dipped in America prior to his age-27 season. It’s far more difficult to imagine any player not just the 2-4 league seasons of equaling Rose, but also sustaining. Manny Machado, that entered Friday leading all current 25-and-under players together using 2,366 plate looks, would need to anticipate a 694-plate-appearance pace during the next 19 1/2 seasons to battle Rose.

Cal Ripken Jr.’s 2,632 straight games played with
Plenty has been written about the series of this”Iron Man,” who not just matched Lou Gehrig’s once-unbreakable mark, but continued playing another 3 consecutive seasons. The longest series recorded by any player since is Miguel Tejada’s 1,152 games from 2000-07 — not even 50% Ripken’s total. Alcides Escobar, the Majors’ current series leader, had played 396 games in a row entering Friday.

Stan Musial still stands closest to Aaron with 6,134 total bases, whilst Albert Pujols (5,552 absolute bases entering Friday) would need to average approximately 373 within the remaining 3 1/2 seasons of his contract a total he hasn’t reached since he won his closing Most Valuable Player Award at ’09.

Away from the beaten trail

Ron Hunt’s 50 hit by pitches in 1971
Eclipsed only by Hughie Jennings’ 51 human body blows recorded before the founding of this American League,” Hunt’s quite painful’71 campaign hasn’t been seriously challenged in nearly half a century. Hall of Famer Craig Biggio could only peak at 34 plunkings at 1997.

Reggie Cleveland’s 3 home runs enabled at 1976
Having a list 6,105 homers logged in 2017, and plenty more clearing the fencing in’18, this is certainly the wrong climate for almost any professional pitcher to battle Cleveland’s mark for almost any non-strike season at the Integration Era (1947-present).

Jody Davis’ 8 9 base runners captured sneaking in 1986
Davis’ absolute ties for 166th all time, but everybody else ahead of him played before the conclusion of World War II and integration. Davis raced in 1983 past Gary Carter’s 75 throws that were caught-stealing, no additional back-stop has already reached 70 in’ 91 since Tom Pagnozzi. Such as Davis did to the Cubs Once we referenced using Henderson previously, there aren’t enough steal efforts to develop an environment where one could get rid of base runners. Tucker Barnhart, the Majors’ leader with 28 caught-stealing throws in 20 17, was only contested 6-9 times.

Gif: Jody Davis throws out runner-up

Joe Sewell’s three-strikeout season in 1932
An easy candidate for the funniest hitter to attack out from the annals of this game, Sewell’s livelihood punchout percent (.014 percent) is best referred to as”microscopic.” The Hall of Famer’s three strikeouts over 576 plate looks at 1932 — the fewest of any professional season with at least 502 trips into the plate — was matched by 12 players on Opening Day, 183 players within the first week and 289 players by the end of April this season.

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