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Blake Street Stroll: Unbreakable records

Michael Cuddyer's hitting streak has garnered a lot of attention, but is breaking DiMaggio's record plausible? Baseball has many "unbreakable" records and that is part of it's rich history.


Michael Cuddyer’s hit streak has gotten to the point where it is worth mention across baseball at 26 games. The all-time record of 56 straight games with at least one hit by Joe DiMaggio comes to mind in such a circumstance, but does anyone legitimately think Cuddyer can break that record? Probably not, with that being said, what are the most unbreakable records in baseball?

Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hit streak

It starts with Joe DiMaggio’s hit streak in this instance. The next closest hit streak to DiMaggio’s vaunted 56 gamer? 45, by Baltimore’s Willie Keeler. Just to give you an idea of how hard DiMaggio’s streak is to break, consider that only five streaks have ever reached at least 40 games besides DiMaggio’s in the entire history of baseball.

Cal Ripken Jr. 2,632 consecutive games streak

Cal Ripken Jr. has possibly the hardest streak to break in baseball. Baseball is now ruled by contracts and money. Despite a player’s best efforts, staying on the field for every single game during one season alone is a rarity, let alone a season’s worth of playing every game. Guys are "rested" on a regular basis and playing injured is frowned upon in today’s game, especially if it leads to greater injury. The next closest streak to Cal’s? 2,130 by Lou Gehrig.

Cy Young’s 511 career wins

If a pitcher can somehow eclipse 300 career wins in baseball it’s considered Hall of Fame worthy with no questions asked. Now, imagine winning 511. For a player to beat this record he would have to average 25 wins a season for 20 seasons and that’s just to get to 500. The way pitch counts are managed and arms are protected in today’s baseball, no one will ever come close to touching this record.

Nolan Ryan’s 5,714 strikeouts

Nolan Ryan was the definition of a dominating pitcher. Ryan had six seasons with at least 300 strikeout’s and 15 season with at least 200. He lead the league in strikeout’s 11 times. The next closest player? Randy Johnson, with 4,875.

Pete Rose’s 4,256 career hits

Pete Rose’s was a hitting machine. Derek Jeter is the closest active player with 3,304 hits, but at 38 years old he will likely fall well short. A player would have to average 250 hits over 17 consecutive seasons to beat Rose. The problem is, in the last 81 years the only player to get at least 250 hits in a season was Ichiro Suzuki.

Ricky Henderson’s 1,406 stolen bases

Henderson had three seasons in which he collected at least 100 steals. In today’s baseball it’s extremely unlikely that a player attempts anywhere near a 100 stolen bases, let alone steals 100 bases. The closet active player is
Juan Pierre with 591, that means he still needs almost a 1,000 stolen bases to catch Henderson. Problem is, Pierre is 35.

Ty Cobb’s .366 career average

Ty Cobb may have been the best hitter baseball has ever season. He had three seasons with an average at or above .400 and he lead the league in hitting 11 times. Hitting over .360 for an entire season is extremely difficult, never mind an entire career.

There are many records that I have not mentioned, but to think that Michael Cuddyer is even semi in the neighborhood of any type of "unbreakable" record is something incredible. Cuddyer’s hitting streak is beyond impressive and yet he still is nowhere near DiMaggio’s record. Baseball sure has a rich history, doesn’t it?