WRITERS SPEAK: What is the ‘safest’ record in MLB baseball?


Zach Anderson

The safest record in baseball is Cal Ripken, Jr.’s, record of 2,632 games played in a row, because players get hurt a lot more now and a lot of players don’t play every day. Cal Ripken, Jr., was a rare breed of player who played every day and never got hurt to the point he wasn’t able to suit up for his team. Most players today don’t like to play every day because then they don’t feel they play their best baseball after a couple games in a row, so they need a day off. There are a select few baseball players who still play every day, but Ripken was the most durable.

Chris Mangan

Jack Chesbro’s 41 wins in a single season will not be touched, ever. It’s rare for a pitcher to get more than 22 wins in a season. In the days of five-man rotations, pitchers barely even get 40 appearances in a season, let alone 25 wins. Cliff Lee and Brandon Webb lead the majors in wins at 22 each. They won’t get the starts they would need to double that win total to get to 41. Managers and general managers are worried about injuring a pitcher’s arm and probably won’t let a pitcher get the starts needed to get those wins.

Ariy-El Boynton

If a manager really wanted to break Cy Young’s 511 career-win record, he could put his best pitcher in for one inning 60 to 70 times a year (granted the team must be really good). But, I don’t know how any slugger is going to break Chief Wilson’s record of 36 triples in a year. Thirty-six “three-baggers” is a freaking ton. To put this in perspective, if you take the triple leaders in both divisions (AL and NL), it would not even equal 36 but rather 32. The way baseball parks are set up these days and the strong arms of right fielders make getting even 20 triples a season a challenge. For a player to get 36, he may need to play a video game. The record is nearly 100 years old.

Travis Kriens

While most records (hitting streak, consecutive games played, pitching wins in a season, etc.) will likely never be broken, one record that will definitely stay intact is Cy Young’s 511 career wins. With the bullpen and five-man rotations changing the game from the way it was in the 1900s, no pitcher will even get within 100 wins of this record. Even if a pitcher were to win every start during a season (30 to 35), he would have to pitch for over 15 years and win every game that he pitched! Even with an average of 20 wins per year, it would still take a pitcher 26 years to beat Young’s record.